12 Villanova Students Selected as Forbes Under 30 Scholars

Aspiring innovators and entrepreneurs from Villanova University arrived in Boston earlier this week to participate in the Forbes Under 30 Summit. The cohort included undergraduate and graduate students from the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, College of Engineering, and the Villanova School of Business.

The students were selected to participate through a nationwide search of talented students and continue the tradition of Villanova’s participation in the Summit since it began in Philadelphia in 2014. “Having participated in this program myself, I knew the students were in for an amazing ride,” said ICE Institute Executive Director II Luscri. “There are few organizations that can draw in the crowd, connections, and energy the way Forbes does.”

Morgan Reid (CLAS ’18) commented that “the Forbes Summit was an experience that made it impossible to leave without being inspired. The community grown from those at the Summit was as organic as they come. I went to this Summit not really knowing anyone and I came out of it with numerous contacts, general support from people I may have never encountered otherwise, and several friends that I built a connection with unlike any other.” The student attendees made connections with students from other universities, startup ventures, and high profile entrepreneurs. Zachary Ellenhorn (COE ’18) participated in the Summit and “attended the Opportunities and Experiences hubs and learned about a multitude of upcoming companies and products as well as networking and discussing internship opportunities with them. I also attended the Tech Stage. Ashton Kutcher and many others presented about entrepreneurship in the technological world.”

The Villanova Career Center spearheaded the recruitment of Villanova students on behalf of Forbes. Kevin Grubb, Executive Director of the Career Center noted that  “we are thrilled about the success of Villanova students in being selected as Forbes Under 30 Scholars this year. It is no surprise that the students chosen come from a variety of programs, which is continued recognition of the strength of Villanova’s well-rounded academic experience and community.”

According to Forbes, “the Forbes Under 30 Franchise represents the movers and shakers, innovators, and leaders of tomorrow. The best candidates for Under 30 Scholars are students who embody those tenets.” The Forbes Under 30 Scholars program provided free access to the summit for 1,000 students at top universities nationwide. To apply for the Forbes Under 30 Scholars program, students had to be a junior, senior or graduate students and have a minimum 3.3 GPA.