By Vanessa Palier — The Kauffman Global Scholars Program, an initiative of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, is an opportunity for recent graduates who are aspiring entrepreneurs to develop their skills. This program allows the scholars to work side-by-side for six months with leading scholars, policy leaders, and innovative researchers from around the world. During the program, they learn to think about entrepreneurship on a global scale. The scholars also have the opportunity to participate in a three-month internship at the conclusion of the program with an innovative company.
One of Jewell’s own, Hunter Kiely, is a member of the 2013 class of Global Scholars. Hunter holds a BA in business administration and science and technology management from William Jewell College, and is one of 13 Global Scholars in the 2013 class which includes students from the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Singapore, and the United States. Hunter was inspired to apply for the global scholars program because he wants to make a difference in the world of medicine.
During a stay in a hospital, he discovered firsthand that there were errors being made with the medicines he was prescribed and opportunities for improvement in multiple medicine management. Hunter’s goal is to eliminate potentially deadly mistakes in the administering and management of multiple daily medications in both hospital and home settings. This type of innovation could help to solve a 317 billion dollar problem in the United States alone. Through the Kauffman Global Scholars experience Hunter is hoping to learn about the economic opportunities for developing businesses in other countries and how to fit complex ideas, like his own, into the daily lives of consumers.
The Global Scholars Program is a world-class opportunity for outstanding recent graduates who are aspiring and early-stage entrepreneurs, selected through a competitive application process, to develop their entrepreneurial skills and ideas, competencies, and capabilities to start a business. The Program affords these participants the opportunity to catalyze their ideas with unparalleled training in entrepreneurship, bringing together a unique group from around the world.
Entering its seventh year in 2013, the Global Scholars Program has hosted students sponsored by governments and organizations from eight countries representing at least fourteen nationalities. In 2013, the Program will include participants from the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Singapore, and the United States.