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School Selection & Scholarhips [#permalink] New post 05 Jun 2013, 21:05
Hope all of you are having a good time.

I need help to choose my MBA school and scholarships/Graduate Assistant or any other financial support. So, below you will find some highlights of my profile along with the constraints I am facing.


Education Plans
Interested in - MBA (Full Time)
Countries in which I am interested - USA, UK & Australia


Profile Highlights

Class X - 82.9%
Class XII - 82.9%
Professional Education - B.E. Mechanical Engineering (4-Years) - University of Engineering & Technology, Lahore, Pakistan
CGPA - 3.78
Work Experience - 3 years to date at Management Positions
Organizations worked at - Unilever (1.25 years) & British American Tobacco (1.75 years)
GMAT Score - 550
International Representation - Have represented Pakistan twice at Leadership Training Conference held on the platform of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) at USA


Constraints

Financial Issues - Need a scholarship in order to pursue an expensive program like MBA
Low GMAT Score - Although it can be improved, as this was my first attempt for GMAT. However, I would like to only improve if you would suggest me keeping in view as a necessary requirement for scholarship


So, summarizing, in view of the above information, I would be seeking for your advice to get admission in one of the good business schools with a fully funded scholarship. I know, that my GMAT score is less but it can be overcome with my GPA and management work experience with leading multi-nationals of the world at good management positions.

Looking forward to your reply & advice.
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Re: School Selection & Scholarhips [#permalink] New post 08 Jun 2013, 18:46
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Hi there,

First of all I would encourage you to re-take the GMAT. It will be extremely difficult to get into a reputable program with such a low score, and most admissions representatives would expect you to at least try and re-take it at that score level, so they may wonder why you did not, if you do not try.

You have some interesting work experiences to draw from in the application, but there are also a lot of engineers applying to b-school nowadays, and you'll need to work hard to stand out from the rest with your essays and GMAT and other factors.

In terms of scholarships, they are not extremely common for MBA programs in the US or UK for sure, and generally given to the top applicants in a given class. The majority of students take out loans at low student interest rates that they pay back after graduation.

Again I'd start with really working hard at improving that GMAT; with good preparation you may see some significant improvements.

Good luck to you!
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