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Alumni bring students from emerging markets to Thunderbird through SHARE

Six new SHARE Fellows to start Thunderbird degrees this fall

In 2007, Thunderbird School of Global Management alumnus Marshall Parke ’77 had an idea: If Thunderbird alumni and other community members pooled their resources – both time and treasure – they could make an exponential impact on the lives of promising young student-hopefuls in developing markets around the world. Not only could they provide scholarship funds for these students; they could provide mentorships, an accessible network, personal and professional support, internships and, ultimately, jobs. 

Parke’s idea was simple but compelling: to provide the same sort of support one would provide one’s own child, but to focus that attention on exceptional students from developing countries wishing to attend Thunderbird. And with that admirable mission, the Phoenix-based graduate school’s heralded SHARE Fellowship program was born.

Since awarding its first scholarships in 2008, multiple donors have provided full-tuition assistance, mentoring services and internships for dozens of fellows from Algeria to Zimbabwe as part of the SHARE Fellowship. And the program continues to grow. 

“We now offer our Fellows a variety of workshops, networking practice, résumé services, professional coaching, and assistance answering cultural and academic questions,” says Maria Houle Soldatos ’87, program director of the Thunderbird SHARE Fellowship. “And what’s really exciting is we are now seeing the SHARE Fellows themselves helping each other and learning the value of ‘paying it forward.’ Graduated Fellows make themselves available to incoming Fellows; they connect their SHARE peers with interviews; they even coach one another through unique issues like the visa process. It’s truly become a community.”

“SHARE made me realize how valuable and important sharing is,” notes Fellow Eric Wang ’14 of China, who graduated earlier this year. “Sharing experience, insight, knowledge and happiness with others means a lot to me, and also the people around me. SHARE truly changed my mindset, and I believe I will benefit from it for the rest of my life!”

Joining this close-knit community this fall are six new SHARE Fellows who will begin Thunderbird degree programs in August: Mohamed Mohamed Ahmed (Mauritania), Stefan Dyulgerov (Bulgaria), Abdul Popal (Afghanistan),Himanshu Kaul Sahib (Kashmiri), Nghia Trong Vu (Vietnam) and Madiha Nasrullah (Pakistan). To be eligible for consideration for the SHARE Fellowship, students from developing nations need exceptional academic backgrounds and the desire to use their Thunderbird education to make a positive economic impact on their home region. 

“Our 2014 Fellows are remarkable young people and we are looking forward to welcoming them to Thunderbird and walking side-by-side with them on this journey that might not otherwise have been possible,” says Soldatos. “The SHARE Fellowship gives them the means to come to Thunderbird, but their passion, professionalism and promise will make their experience a success.”

Since its inception, the SHARE Fellowship has provided full-tuition scholarships, mentorships and other support to students from Afghanistan, Algeria, Bulgaria, China, Colombia, Egypt, Ghana, Honduras, India, Jordan, Kenya, Macedonia, Mauritania, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, South Sudan, Tanzania, Togo/Benin, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam and Zimbabwe.

“It has been fantastic to watch the students’ careers as they have gone back out and taken on new roles all over the world,” says Parke. “They are doing exactly what we hoped they would do.”

Visit or contact Maria Houle Soldatos directly at to learn more about the SHARE Fellowship and how you can get involved in any of the following ways:

  • Volunteer to coach students
  • Donate funds or time to the program
  • Sign up to receive periodic SHARE newsletters
  • Nominate SHARE candidates
  • Provide internship/job leads

About Thunderbird School of Global Management         
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