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LeBow Students Named Inaugural Nina Henderson Provost Scholars


December 14, 2021

Executive Vice President and Nina Henderson Provost Paul Jensen recently announced the inaugural class of Nina Henderson Provost Scholars, which included four students from the LeBow College of Business.

Made possible by support from Nina Henderson, Chair of the Board of Trustee’s Academic Affairs committee, Vice Chair of the Board and Drexel alumna, the Nina Henderson Provost Scholars Program is an annual scholarship program that provides 12 motivated Drexel students with the opportunity to enhance their leadership skills and play a hands-on role in shaping the Drexel experience.

The Nina Henderson Provost Scholars advise and collaborate with senior leadership in the Office of the Provost on projects related to key priorities of the Strategic Plan. The projects address areas such as facilitating adaptable, immersive curricula; strengthening an equity-driven culture and reimagining higher education in the next 10 years.

Overall, 12 high-achieving undergraduate and graduate students were chosen from an impressive pool of over 270 applicants.

Meet the Nina Henderson Provost Scholars from the LeBow College of Business:

Monique Boskett MBA '23
Monique Boskett '23 MBA, Concentration: Entrepreneurship and Innovation Berlin, NJ Project: Nonprofit Endeavors at Drexel

A former WeWork employee who successfully lobbied for the company to take on nonprofit work, Monique works with local nonprofits to create volunteer opportunities for her colleagues at Independence Blue Cross. She is a member of Drexel’s Anti-Racism Task Force and LeBow’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Action Group.

“From fundraising for charities, to tutoring children in reading and phonics, to working toward diversity, equity and inclusion in every space I’m in, I’ve always strived to be involved and lend a helping hand. I became a Nina Henderson Provost Scholar because I believe in both stepping up whenever an opportunity arises, as well as creating opportunities to help others.”

Ranjini Mahalanobish '24
Ranjini Mahalanobish '24 BSBA in Business Administration Kolkata, India Project: Lifelong Learning and the Future of Higher Education

Currently studying abroad in London, Ranjini initiates culturally themed events as a Culture and Discovery Committee member on the Campus Activities Board. She has researched consumer perceptions of upcycled and imperfect food and collaborated with a Dutch university on a pitch video on the feasibility of small electric car companies.

“I came to Drexel with a one-track mindset in terms of my career, but have since come to understand the value of a multidisciplinary and global approach to my education. As an international student, I love to explore new world views and experiences, which is what led me to the Nina Henderson Provost Scholars program.”

Jonathan Parker '22
Jonathan Parker '22 BSBA in Finance and Real Estate Management Oakhurst, NJ Project: Reimagining Dual Undergraduate Degrees

With interdisciplinary experiences as a double major, history minor and president of the Biddle Law Society, Jonathan has consulted with University leadership on improving curricula and the student experience. He has served as an Anti-Racism Fellow at Hillel at Drexel, a presenter at the Global Leadership Conference in London and the academic lead of the LeBow Dean’s Student Advisory Board.

“Given the needs of our society, dual undergraduate degrees have become extremely valuable, leading to better job prospects and a more comprehensive and well-rounded knowledge base for students. I look forward to working with Dr. Anandan and the Provost’s Office to improve policies around dual degrees and foster transdisciplinary education at Drexel.”

Michael Rocchi MPH/MBA '23
Michael Rocchi '23 MPH/MBA Philadelphia, PA Project: Lifelong Learning and the Future of Higher Education

With several years’ experience in the biopharmaceutical industry, Michael enrolled at Drexel to fuel a new community and equity-driven career. At Drexel, he has conducted research on the Philadelphia municipal budget and presented a proposal for a more equitable distribution of city resources to City Council.

“I decided to pursue the dual degree MPH/MBA program at Drexel in order to become an adaptable leader in both public health and business administration. I was drawn to Drexel for its enthusiastic commitment to community-based improvement, and look forward to working with my Scholar colleagues on the development of curriculum that reflects Drexel’s commitment to community.”

LeBow alumna Sarah Malik ’20, BS business and engineering, a current PhD student in the College of Engineering, is also part of the inaugural cohort.

View all Nina Henderson Provost Scholars and learn more about their projects.

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