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Misan Rewane Did It, Now You Can Receive a Full Scholarship to the Harvard Business School’s MBA Programme sponsored by 7Up Nigeria



Misan Rewane, the recepient of the first-ever 7-Up Harvard Business School Scholarship began classes at the prestigious business school just a few weeks ago, now you can join her next year! So many young Nigerian professionals aspire to obtain a world class MBA degree but given the global financial terrain, the cost is very prohibitive. Now, there is an opportunity to reach your goals.

Seven Up Bottling Company launched a scholarship programme for Nigerian youths interested in pursuing an MBA degree at the Harvard Business School.

Every year, a Nigerian citizen resident in the country will be selected and given the privilege of the best quality education at the Harvard Business School.

The Scholarship Package
The Scholarship package covers the cost of tuition, board and travel paid in full by the company. This is in-line with their overall vision of creating a greener future for promising Nigerians.

The Scholarship is open to Nigerians who have successfully gained admission into the 2 year MBA programme at the Harvard Business School for September 2012.

How to Apply for the 7up Nigeria Harvard Business School Scholarship

  • Be a Nigerian based in Nigeria
  • Apply for admission to the Full Time Harvard MBA Programme (September 2012 Entry) – Visit the Harvard MBA Programme website for admission criteria –
  • Receive admission letter from Harvard Business School for Full Time Harvard MBA Programme (September 2012 Entry)
  • Send a copy of your admission letter to [email protected]

Deadlines for Harvard Business School
Scholarship applicants are encouraged to apply in Round 1 and 2. Note that Round 1 has closed, therefore if you are interested, we advice you to apply for Round 2 admission to HBS.

Application Periods: Application submitted online by 12 noon Boston time: Notification of the MBA Admissions Board’s decision:
Round 1 Monday, October 3, 2011 Monday, December 19, 2011
Round 2 Tuesday, January 10, 2012 Thursday, March 29, 2012
Round 3 Tuesday, April 10, 2012 Thursday, May 17, 2012

Please note that each “round” represents a distinct period in which you may apply, not a succession of steps for your application. You may apply in one round only, one time in an application year.

Given past experience, we anticipate that many candidates will submit their online application materials very close to 12 noon on submission deadline dates. To avoid heavy server traffic and potential delays, we encourage candidates to submit application materials as early as possible.

Applications received after 12 noon on October 3, 2011 will be considered in Round 2. Applications received after 12 noon on January 10, 2012 will be considered in Round 3. Applications received after 12 noon on April 10, 2012 will not be considered.

When Should I Apply?
To avoid overwhelming server traffic generated by the high volume of applications we receive, candidates are encouraged to submit their application as early as possible prior to the deadline of each round.

We encourage applicants to apply in the first or second round, as space in the class may be limited by the third round. In addition, applying in the earlier rounds will give candidates more time to address the following:

    • International candidates needing visas will find that applying in Round 3 makes the timing of their visa application stressful.
    • International candidates admitted in Rounds 1 and 2 find that it’s helpful to have the additional time to work on English proficiency.
    • Some candidates may be required to complete preliminary course work prior to their enrollment.
    • Many deadlines for outside (non-Harvard Business School) fellowships are in early spring. Only students who have been accepted are eligible for these fellowships.
    • Financial aid is available regardless of when students are admitted. However, since admitted students may apply for financial aid only after they are admitted Round 3 admits have less time to prepare their application.
    • Harvard Business School residence halls and Harvard University-affiliated apartments are assigned by lottery. Deadlines for both of these housing options precede Round 3 notification, and you must be admitted to HBS before you can enter these lotteries.

Good luck!


  1. Le Sigh

    October 10, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    I checked it out a few days ago and the scholarship is for ‘a’ Nigerian, like seriously a billion people apply and give just one…. 7 up you can do better abeg. when you watch the ad on tv u’ll think there r 10-15 places. 5 sef would have been better.

    • yve

      October 11, 2011 at 2:32 am

      do a billion nigerians gain admission to harvard business school every year?! :S

    • Me

      October 11, 2011 at 3:31 am

      1 billion ppl in Naija? hmmm… I think not. Yve said it well enuff “a billon” are not admitted. I understand what you are trying to say though but you should learn to stick to facts, rather than exaggerating. Anyway, look at it this way, at least a Nigerian will get FULL tuition, board, and travel to USA for 2years. Harvard is NOT cheap. I think this is still better than nothing. Let’s be more grateful for what is available.

  2. too blessed

    October 10, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    Go Misan!!!

  3. boo

    October 10, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    Why Harvard???? Harvard is not even the #1 MBA program in the U.S……They should not limit people now, at least offer full scholarship to top 10 MBA prgrams……unless they have an arrangement specifically with Harvard.

    • edchikel

      October 10, 2011 at 4:17 pm

      Depends on the ranking you looked at. Harvard Business School is in a league of its own. Stanford GSB, (UPenn) Wharton, (Northwestern) Kellogg, Columbia, (UChicago) Booth, (MIT) Sloan, are all close rivals. But believe me when I say HBS tops all others. $2.3 billion endowment, and a network of successful people all over the world, plus the fact that 75 -80 percent of the case studies used for teaching at/in other top b-schools were/are written and prepared by Harvard Business School, is no joke. Make no mistake, if you’re looking for academic rigor, then by all means feel free to apply to MIT Sloan or Carnegie Mellon’s Tepper School…

    • boo

      October 10, 2011 at 7:06 pm

      Well Stanford still remains #1 with Harvard following. Just curious why they specified only Harvard. It’s not #1, it’s not the cheapest, so why specify ONLY it. No doubt its a good school but you also mentioned other great schools that can deliver the “goal” 7-up claims to be after. #justsaying

    • Omasan

      December 11, 2011 at 12:41 am

      I couldn”t agree with you any less, but the rankings tend to change every year, presently the top on the list for MBA is London Buz School. It now depeneds on what u wanna major in your MBA that would determine what school would be best for it, for example WHARTON is top of the range when it comes to finance, so if ur gonna tailor your MBA to finance, WHARTON would be the school for u. For Law u have stanford and Yale especially, for I.T we all know it can’t be taken from MIT. These are some of the factors to consider before choosing a school.

    • sett

      October 10, 2011 at 7:39 pm

      that depends on the rankings you look at. i vote for the Kellogg (Northwestern)

    • edchikel

      October 10, 2011 at 7:51 pm

      If you check previous rankings by US News, you’ll see that it’s either Harvard, Stanford, or both tie for first position (North American Best Graduate B Schools). Financial Times and most other |corporate web| rankings still rank Harvard Business School higher than Stanford GSB. I get your point, but I’m sure 7-up guys are aware of the prestige of the “Harvard” brand .. (you can see for yourself)

    • Me

      October 11, 2011 at 4:03 am

      Maybe they have a special arrangement with Harvard. They could be one of the school’s donors so they get special discounts and other things. Also saying Harvard is not #1 MBA is subjective. I do not believe there is a “BEST of the BEST” school, rather there are “BEST SCHOOLS”. If you take a extensive look the way these schools are graded and crunch the data; you find out a school could be placed higher than another just because the teacher to class ratio are minisculely smaller. For example, class A might have an average class size of 20 students while class B have 21 students; even though, the two schools might be similar in other aspects , class A will still be ranked higher. I think this is misleading.

    • Me

      October 11, 2011 at 4:07 am

      *school A (not class A)
      *school B (not class B)

  4. miss peo

    October 10, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    my thoughts [email protected] sigh *straight face*

  5. mama kay

    October 10, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    People!!!Its the 1st na. Give them a chance to see this fantastic idea fly before we begin to TWEAK the plan. Its a great idea…lets see it through people….

  6. Rolex

    October 10, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    Its great that 7up is supporting home talent 🙂
    And for those questioning why they are sponsoring only 1 student or why HBS, kindly note that this is a starting point. this could encourage other companies to sponsor talented individuals.

  7. Best wishes

    October 10, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    Congratulations Misan!! Very proud of you x much love!

  8. ojaybaby

    October 10, 2011 at 6:20 pm


    • music critic

      October 17, 2011 at 11:04 am

      she also went to corona primary school v.i….so big ups to coraona peeps. lol..

    • music critic

      October 17, 2011 at 11:06 am


  9. lizk

    October 11, 2011 at 12:45 am

    Congratssss Misan! For those arguing about #1 or #100, at least they are giving people this opportunity. What if there was none? Besides the ranking of any top MBA school, what matters is what you actually plan on getting out of it. MIT to some ppl might b too ‘technical’, Harvard-more focused on leadership, same as Chicago etc. At least 7up has this opportunity and I hope more companies have more coz Nigeria has a whole lot of talented n smart ppl that need such support.

    • Me

      October 11, 2011 at 3:49 am

      Exactly, Ebenezer Obey said it right in one of his songs. you just can not please everybody. Ppl will always find something to complain about. Let me remind everybody that 7-up is a private company and they are NOT REQUIRED offer this opportunity. They are doing this not only to promote their products but also to help out someone that needs help. If you do not like it leave it, go to Unilag business school and pay out of pocket. C’est fini

  10. Synifique

    October 11, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    @ Me: Thank you very much…..As for the rest of you trying to figure out why Harvard and not this one or that one….Go start your own business and sponsor someone. Worrahell! I can’t imagine someone said only one….Are they really forcing you if you don’t want to take part of the oppourtunity then go somewhere else…geez!

  11. Babe

    October 11, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    Wow….I’m really excited about this information….Thumbs up 7up. btw getting into any ivy league school is no beans so lets appreciate the way they are encouraging our generation at least they are not sponsoring a fashion show or anything of that sort

  12. yemsho

    October 12, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    Why Harvard Business School? I think an expatriate Director of 7up is an Alumnus of Harvard Business School!

  13. aj

    October 12, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    Insead business school in France is the best in Europe. They should have looked into that also.

  14. blogtroll

    October 13, 2011 at 7:40 am

    Any relation to Alfred Rewane ?

  15. Daniel

    October 13, 2011 at 8:39 am

    Well done 7up. For those asking why Harvard? I think its because the Chairman of 7up Nigeria (Nigerian born lebanese Faysal El Khalil) is an alumnus of Harvard Business School. So you also know another Nigerian based lebanese family (Lababedi (Crown Flour Mills & Starcomms) also have a scholarship scheme for Nigerians who get admission into Columbia University.

  16. Dee

    October 19, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    Well done MR! Proud of you missy!

  17. zillionzenith

    November 18, 2011 at 5:39 am

    I don’t believe in this pretence, if u really want to help Nigerians pick from the grassroot. This another way of falling mungun!

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