The Laidlaw Columbia Business Scholars 2019

Together, Columbia Business School and the Laidlaw Foundation aim to build a pipeline of female business leaders and support them on their path to the C-suite. Applications for the Class of 2022 are now open!

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Dec 05, 2019
We are able to really create a support system, so that our relationships can last beyond our time at CBS. I really believe that a rising tide lifts all boats and if we support one another we can really all succeed together.

Since 2015, Columbia Business School has awarded $12 million in Laidlaw scholarships for women who otherwise could not attend business school.

Next year, $3 million will be given to members of the class of 2022. They will receive a world-class education and join the community of Laidlaw Columbia Business Scholars.

To join the Class of 2022, apply no later than April 10, 2020. Admissions are rolling, so applying earlier is always recommended.


The Laidlaw Scholarship provides crucial financial assistance to exceptional Columbia Business School women who might not otherwise be able to afford business school. In addition to an unparalleled education, they receive entrée into an expanding community of talented Laidlaw Columbia Business Scholars (LCBS). Through programming, mentorship, and organizational partnerships, the LCBS community supports and augments members’ success both at school and on into their careers.

To date, nearly 300 students from 30 countries have received the Laidlaw Scholarship and joined the global Laidlaw Scholars network.

Knowing that Columbia has roughly 40% women is really important to me. When you’re surrounded by female colleagues in your classroom, you definitely feel empowered.


CBS is the only Ivy League business school that delivers a world-class learning experience at the very center of global business. The School’s transformative curriculum bridges academic theory with unparalleled exposure to real-world practice, equipping students with an entrepreneurial mindset that allows them to recognize, generate, and capture opportunity in any environment. The School creates an inclusive culture and educational opportunities that prepare graduates to be leaders and allies throughout their careers and in their personal lives. By nurturing and disseminating the thought leadership and accomplishments of its superlative faculty and distinguished alumni, Columbia Business School continues to have an immediate, measurable impact on the forces shaping business every day.

Go to the profile of Nikol Chen (she/her)

Nikol Chen (she/her)

Marketing & Design, Laidlaw Foundation

Hello! I am fascinated with all things human- & design-related. My university research focused on the effects of design on patient wellbeing in hospitals. I employed ethnographic methods to investigate whether design elements, such as colour, light, and form can have a significant impact on medical recovery. Throughout my degree, I also took modules in ethnographic documentary filmmaking, philosophy of science, and anthropology of architecture among other (less interesting-sounding) things. If you need any guidance on using the site (or if you just want to chat), contact me using the chat app on the Network website, or drop a line at!

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