These Students Are in the Business of Giving Back

From coast to coast across the U.S., more than 1,500 MBA students, faculty and supporters will participate in dozens of community service projects as part of TeamMBA Month in April.

Students at the University of Missouri, Columbia, will be cooking dinner at Ronald McDonald House, while four international students who are Fulbright Scholars at four different business schools will be teaming up to develop a sustainable model for skill development of disadvantaged groups. These are just two of the more than 45 activities planned by more than 33 schools around the U.S.

TeamMBA Month is an annual initiative of the Graduate Management Admission Council® (GMAC®) to recognize and support social responsibility and community engagement by graduate business schools and their students. "Students are joining in this collective effort to demonstrate their deep commitment to their local communities and in support of helping to solve the important social issues of the day," said Melissa Knueven, organizer of the TeamMBA Month for GMAC.

The month-long initiative also includes students from George Washington University in Washington, DC, helping with Hands on DC, a project to clean up and refurbish public schools in the city; Baylor University students mentoring in a prison entrepreneurship program; and Portland State University participating in the Race for the Roses, which supports services to children, adults and families with emotional or mental health challenges and developmental disabilities.

Based in McLean, Va., GMAC ( is a non-profit education association of leading graduate business schools worldwide. GMAC administers the GMAT exam, which is used by more than 4,000 graduate business programs around the world and remains the first and only global, standardized test specifically designed for graduate business and management programs. More information about the GMAT is at