Two CLAS Students Named Forbes Under 30 Scholars

VILLANOVA, Pa. – For the first time in 2016, Forbes introduced the Forbes Under 30 Scholars program—selecting  1,000 students from the nation’s top schools and giving them free access to the publication’s Under 30 Summit, a gathering of the world’s top young entrepreneurs and game-changers. Andrew Kim ’17 and Morgan Reid ’18 from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences were among the twelve Villanova University students selected as Forbes Under 30 Scholars and spent Oct. 16-19 in Boston at the 2016 Forbes Under 30 Summit.

“At Villanova, fostering a creative, innovative and entrepreneurial environment for our students to learn and grow is a priority,” said University Provost Patrick G. Maggitti, PhD. “It’s extremely gratifying to see our students be recognized by Forbes for these skills and how they are being used as a springboard to successful careers and lives after graduation.”

The Summit featured four content tracks—Tech, Create, Capital and Impact—hosted at notable universities throughout the city of Boston. Forbes Under 30 Scholars could select the content track of their choice. These four content areas encompassed dedicated programming and innovations across Science and Technology, Finance and Investing, Media and Creativity, and Policy and Social Good. The Summit brought together VIPs from the Forbes 30 Under 30 list and world class mentors for panels, demonstrations, pitch contests, networking and performances. The Under 30 Scholars also had the opportunity to meet one-on-one or in small groups with top recruiters from the best companies and startups in America.

“We are thrilled about the success of Villanova students in being selected as Forbes Under 30 Scholars this year,” said Kevin Grubb, Executive Director of the Villanova University Career Center. “It is no surprise that the students chosen came from a variety of programs, which is continued recognition of the strength of Villanova's well-rounded academic experience and community.”

According to Forbes, “the Forbes Under 30 Franchise represents the movers and shakers, innovators, and leaders of tomorrow. The best candidates for Under 30 Scholars are students who embody those tenets.” To apply for the Forbes Under 30 Scholars program, students had to be a junior, senior or graduate students and have a minimum 3.3 GPA.

Andrew Kim
Andrew Kim, of Oak Brook, Illinois, is a senior majoring in economics. At the Forbes Under 30 Summit, Andrew participated in the Tech Stage, where heard from innovative business owners about their successes and failures.
“My biggest take-away would probably have to be the idea that starting a business is not as daunting as it may seem. I met many young entrepreneurs who built their products or apps in their college dorm rooms during their free time. Some of my fellow participants had 2-5 years of real business experience under their belts,” Andrew said.


Morgan Reid
Morgan Reid, of Blackwood, New Jersey, is a junior majoring in Psychology and minoring in Business. At the Forbes Under 30 Summit, Morgan participated in the Impact Stage, which focused on social entrepreneurship, public policy, education and social good.
“As a Psychology major and Business minor, owning my own business while simultaneously making a social impact has always been a goal of mine. This experience has renewed my passion for becoming a social entrepreneur and has educated me on the process it takes to work towards that goal,” Morgan said.


About Villanova University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences:  Since its founding in 1842, Villanova University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has cultivated knowledge, understanding and intellectual courage for a purposeful life in a challenged and changing world.  With 39 majors across the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences, it is the oldest and largest of Villanova’s colleges, serving more than 4,500 undergraduate and graduate students each year. The College is committed to a teacher-scholar model, offering outstanding undergraduate and graduate research opportunities and a rigorous core curriculum that prepares students to become critical thinkers, strong communicators and ethical leaders with a truly global perspective.

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