We are delighted to announce that Hayley Capp, a former Restless Development International Citizen Service volunteer and Alumni mentee from the UK, has been awarded the 2013 QS Leadership Scholarship. Covering up to US$10,000 of course fees, this scholarship is awarded to a graduate school applicant who has proven his/her ability to apply leadership and entrepreneurial skills to make a positive impact on a community or in a professional context.
During her time as an undergraduate at University College London (UCL), Hayley founded a branch of Enactus.
“The whole purpose of Enactus is to either work with social enterprises or to create a social enterprise yourself, using business and entrepreneurial skills to develop solutions to social problems and make a difference to communities,”
In 2011, Hayley was one of our first volunteers to take part in International Citizen Service (ICS) in Uganda. With a focus on our Livelihoods goal area, Hayley's placement involved working with a local community organisation and supporting the training of young leaders in better practices for financial and organisational management.
“That was probably a crux in solidifying what I wanted to do. You experience things first hand, and you see the issues in the way that things are managed."
After her ICS placement, Hayley collaborated with Enactus members in Uganda to develop strategies to tackle high levels of youth unemployment.
Once she had completed the final stage of ICS, Action at Home, Hayley was offered the opportunity to be mentored by our previous Chief Executive, Eric Levine. During the mentoring programme, Eric was able to put Hayley in touch with people he knew at the Department For International Development to get advice on her career. Given her interest in business and enterprise, Eric also put Hayley in touch with contacts at Price Waterhouse Cooper 's Strategy Department. As an expert in the international development sector, Eric was also able to offer invaluable advice.
Hayley's final year dissertation focus on issues relating to international development, public policy and entrepreneurship. She wrote her dissertation on entrepreneurship and HIV prevention strategies in sub-Saharan Africa.
After graduating in 2012, Hayley began an internship, which led to a full-time position at business advisory company CEB. She’s continued her work with Enactus during this time.
Hayley will be using the QS Leadership Scholarship to help fund an MSc in Development Management at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).
We'd like to wish Hayley luck in this exciting next stage of her career.
Click here to find out more about our International Citizen Service programme.