With support from 3M and 14 other generous donors, the Centennial Scholars Program at the University's Carlson School of Management is helping future business leaders such as Maitri Ajmera achieve their dreams.
Q&A with Maitri Ajmera
Hometown: Wichita, Kansas High school highlights: Participating in debate and forensics, qualifying for the National Speech and Debate Tournament
Why did you choose the Carlson School?
I chose to attend the Carlson School of Management because it gave me a sense of belonging that no other school gave me. Whenever I would receive email communications, letters, or packages from Carlson, they all carried the spirit of “we want you to come here,” rather than “come if you want, but it doesn’t matter to us.” I had even received a handwritten letter signed by the former assistant dean! All of these efforts attracted me to the Carlson School and convinced me that it was the right place to be.
What was the most interesting thing you did this past summer?
The most interesting thing I did during the summer of 2021 was my internship at Ernst and Young. I got to participate in the 2021 Summer Launch Internship program, which allowed me to rotate through Ernst and Young service lines and serve on client engagements. I specifically was chosen for the strategy and transactions practice and the technology risk consulting practice. I learned a ton and gained a lot of valuable experience.
What does it mean to you to receive the Centennial Scholarship?
I am grateful to be receiving the Centennial Scholarship because it enables me to better myself through a world-class education. The quality of education I’ve received over the past year has been phenomenal and thanks to this scholarship, I’ll continue to receive this education over the next three years while growing my knowledge, widening my perspective, and practicing leadership. All in all, the generosity of the benefactors of this scholarship takes financial pressure off of me and my family, allowing me to focus on my personal development.