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Announcing the Luksic Scholarship for Sustainability at Columbia University

Columbia University School of Professional Studies is proud to announce the Luksic Scholarship for Sustainability at Columbia University for students in the Master of Science in Sustainability Management program. The scholarship, supported by the Luksic Scholars Foundation, will cover the full cost of attendance, including tuition and living expenses. Students who have lived or worked in Chile and who are committed to working on sustainability efforts in the region will be eligible for the scholarship.

“We are grateful to partner with the Luksic Scholars Foundation to give more students access to Columbia University and all the resources it offers,” said Troy Eggers, dean of the School of Professional Studies (SPS). “Our courses will equip these students with the skills and knowledge to implement change in the Chilean region and in communities that have been on the front lines of climate change.”

“At the Luksic Scholars Foundation, we are committed to supporting the development of skilled leaders in sustainability, equipping professionals with the resources to be able to create change within their communities and professional environments,” said Isabella Luksic, executive director of the Luksic Scholars Foundation. “Working with the School of Professional Studies’ M.S. in Sustainability Management program is a vital component in achieving this goal.”

Bolstered by the cutting-edge research from Columbia Climate School’s Earth Institute and the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, the M.S. in Sustainability Management program offered at SPS combines innovative instruction in leading climate change science research with practical strategies to implement that knowledge in sustainable industries. The instructors in the program are both Columbia full-time professors and practitioners in the field of sustainability from organizations and companies including the New York City Mayor’s Office, ConEdison, Morgan Stanley, Etsy, Coach, and Cerberus Capital Management.

“The M.S. in Sustainability Management program at SPS provides our students with an education that will help them change the world for the better,” said Steve Cohen, senior vice dean of SPS and director of the M.S. in Sustainability Management program. “This scholarship will help us reach more students from a region that is at the forefront of global sustainability efforts, and we enthusiastically look forward to the ideas and experience these students will add to classroom discussions.”

One recent graduate, Valentina Muñoz Venezian (’23SPS, SUMA), a former student president of the M.S. in Sustainability Management program and a Chilean national, is excited that more students from her region will have the opportunity to study at Columbia. “I look forward to seeing what the next generations of students will do with the skills they learn at Columbia. And I'm sure that one day our paths will connect while developing high impact sustainability projects in Chile and Latin America.”

Around 170 Sustainability Management and Sustainability Science graduate students attended the programs’ orientation event at Faculty House on August 30, 2023. Valentina Alicia Muñoz Venezian spoke at the event. Photo credit: Cole Giordano


Learn more about Columbia University’s Master of Science in Sustainability Management program. Application for fall 2024 enrollment is open. The deadline for international applicants is March 15, 2024. Further information regarding application requirements can be found here

Interested candidates are encouraged to attend a virtual session on November 30, 2023 at 10:00 AM EST to learn more about the scholarship, the program and application requirements and deadlines. 

Register here for the information session.