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INT Applicant, Goals: Prod mgmt, IT strategy Consulting

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I am from a highly competitive application pool - Indian IT Applicant with 5 years of experience. I have an very decent career progression (2 promotions in 4 years, currently with a top consulting firm as an ERP functional consultant. Never been the traditional Indian "coder" actually) and demonstrable contribution in my local community (2 NGOs - continous involvement, 250+ hrs a year. One on educating street children and their parents, equally important. Another, building awareness about carbon emissions in rapidly developing countries like India, which desperately need an alternative). Which schools would be ideal for earning a respectable (around $20,000+) scholarship? What should be my strategy to earn a scholarship? I'm looking at US News 20-50


I have a gap year - was studying for my engg entrances. What should be my strategy(eg., additional essay, bump up GMAT score or take extra courses etc) be for the impact this could have, if any?


I have a low GPA, like most other "average students" in my univ (known for notoriously low engg grades in IND, nothwithstanding my own "contributions" towards my grades) and my GMAT score is 710. Will this help in offseting the GPA? P.S. Wont be taking the GMAT again until absolutely required, due to some personal reasons



Post-MBA Industry : Tech (Primary), Consulting (Backup)
Post-MBA Function : Prod Mgmt (Primary), Strategy Consulting (Backup)


I kinda have a list of around 12-16 for my preliminary research, not necessarily ones with scholarship chances, but with a higher probablity of an interview call:
Emory, UT Austin, Foster, Georgia Tech, Notre Dame, Carey, Merage, Questrom, Ivey, NYU Tech MBA, Mays, Vanderbilt, Kelley, ISB. Please add ones you think maybe missing or some of the "hidden gems" I dont know about, Thoughts?
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New post 26 Jun 2018, 20:35
You are coming from the toughest demographic out there as you pointed out. Unfortunately it's also one with very high GMATs so a 710 is on the low end among Indian male IT candidates and that's going to make getting a scholarship tougher, especially since your goals are also the most common goals among this demographic, your GPA is on the low end & you've got the gap year to explain. It will be critical to show strong impact at work to help offset those things and you'll want some strong LORs to vouch for your abilities. I think you have a shot at getting a scholarship from schools in the 40-50 range. Schools like UT Austin will be more in the reach category for you so if a scholarship is a big priority I'd take that one off your list.
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