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The Reaching Out LGBTQ MBA Fellowship was created as a joint effort between top business school programs and Reaching Out to demonstrate that business schools are the top destination to develop the out LGBTQ and active ally business leaders of tomorrow. 

The LGBTQ MBA Fellowship recipients each receive a minimum of $10,000 scholarship per academic year or $20,000 total scholarship, and also receive access to exclusive mentorship and leadership development programming through Reaching Out. 55 members of The Class of 2019 will collectively receive over $1,300,000 for each year of their MBA experience!

Join us and admissions officers and students from these schools and more at the LGBTQ MBA Admissions Summit alongside the ROMBA Conference in Boston on October 14, 2017.

Meet the Class of 2019 Reaching Out LGBTQ MBA Fellows
Meet the Class of 2018 Reaching Out LGBTQ MBA Fellows
Meet the Class of 2017 Reaching Out LGBTQ MBA Fellows

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Express Interest in the ROMBA Fellowship

Want to learn more about the ROMBA Fellowship, let a participating school know of your interest or be setup with an LGBTQ MBA Applicant mentor? Fill out this form!

How Does the Fellowship Process Work?

  • Student applies to business school participating in the Reaching Out LGBTQ MBA Fellowship Program
  • Student receives offer of admission at school(s) and Fellowship offer directly from the school
  • Student selects school of choice
  • Upon student's confirmation school notifies Reaching Out of its selection
How Can I Identify as a Potential LGBTQ MBA Fellowship Candidate on Applications?

  • Many MBA Programs allow students to self-identify as LGBTQ
  • Demonstrate LGBTQ leadership roles on your resume
  • Express interest in business schools' on-campus LGBT Clubs (we can help connect you)
  • Share your LGBTQ leadership experiences in your application essays
How Do I Fill Out an Application?

Each participating school is responsible for identifying and selecting its Reaching Out LGBTQ Fellows, so there is no general application for the Fellowship.

However please leverage Reaching Out to connect you with schools' appropriate admissions contacts and LGBTQ on-campus clubs so you can express your interest in the being part of the Fellowship.

What are the Expectation of Fellows?

  • Serve as an ambassador to the LGBTQ community on campus
  • Help admissions identify future candidates for the Fellowship
  • Take an active role on campus with LGBTQ initiatives
  • To the extent you are interested be a leader by leading a Reaching Out event, such as the ROMBA Conference


Learn more about the LGBTQ MBA Fellowship

To learn more about the ROMBA Fellowship, get connected to on-campus clubs or admissions offices, please email us 

2015 Advocate "Here's How to Break the Pink Ceiling" 

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2015 Poets & Quants "Reaching Out Grants 22 Fellowships"

A first-of-its-kind fellowship, 22 incoming MBA students will receive full-tuition scholarships, mentorship, and other leadership components throughout their time two years. The fellowship is set up so students first have to get accepted to a school and then the school makes the decision on whom to award the fellowship. + Read More

2014 Businessweek "The Effort to Get Gay Professionals Out of the Closet & Keep Them Out"

Hodges is one of about 1,350 people who are in San Francisco this week for a conference celebrating MBAs who are lesbian, gay, transgender, or bisexual. His desire to be openly gay in his professional life is one encouraged by Reaching Out MBA, the nonprofit running the conference. To make their support for this stance official, the group is announcing a new set of scholarships today, each which will offer at least $10,000 per year toward tuition for one LGBT student at six top business schools. + Read More

2014 Poets & Quants "LGBT Event Creates Community of Acceptance"

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