Phillip, Babson College class of 2017

In my original application to Thrive Scholars I remarked that the most challenging thing I have overcome was experiencing homelessness. At the age of 17 I became homeless and was the primary financial support for my siblings. This was an extremely difficult time in my life. Especially considering that 11th grade is the most important grade of your high school career. I was lucky enough to be able to manage my living situation without allowing my grades to drop tremendously.

Today, I am proud to be graduating from Babson College and with an exciting job offer already in hand as a Private Equity Analyst at Landmark Partners.

Two critical people made a world of difference. Mel Lindsey, Thrive Scholars Advisory Board Member and Founder/Managing Partner of Nile Capital Group gave me my first transformative internship at his private equity firm when I was a sophomore. In that role, I pushed past my comfort zone and fully immersed myself in the field; taking every opportunity to learn from those around about the industry. Through the Thrive Scholars Mentorship Program, I was paired with mentor and supporter, Martin Jacobs a Portfolio Manager at Capital Group. Martin introduced me directly to other industry professionals allowed me to continue learning. Every summer, my goal has been to learn more and more about finance. The Thrive Scholars network made that possible.