Merit Award results and recipients

Merit Award fundraising campaign results

In Spring 2019, the Barcelona GSE launched the first edition of the Alumni & Friends Merit Award. The Merit Award is a community fundraising initiative whose goal is to award a full-tuition waiver for study in the Barcelona GSE Master’s programs.

The fundraising goal for the first edition was 9000€ or half the amount of a full Master’s tuition waiver. The Barcelona GSE committed to match this amount. Donations for the first Merit Award closed in February 2020.

The community’s contributions totaled 7251€ or 80% of the fundraising goal.

Direct donations accounted for 29% of funds contributed by the community. One of the main sources of community contributions was the 2019 Global Alumni Meeting in Barcelona, where 100% of the registration fees were donated to the Merit Award. Another was Class of 2019 graduation ceremony (students had two free tickets for friends and family as always; additional tickets could be obtained with a donation to the Merit Award). Among other fundraising events was a dinner organized by the Paris Chapter of Barcelona GSE Alumni.

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Selection committee members:

  • Arnoldo López Marmolejo (IDEA), Lead Economist for Mexico and Central America Office, Inter-American Development Bank
  • Rafael Ravnik ‘15 (Macro), Economist at European Central Bank
  • Mario Schaefer '10 (MESI), CEO at 1IB International Business
  • Ilaria Vigo '16 (EPP), Environmental Economist at Barcelona Supercomputing Center

Thank you to all our donors!

115 Alumni Meeting donors


115 Graduation Ceremony donors


30 online shop donations from purchases of Barcelona GSE merchandise


Direct donors 

  • Sascha Buetzer
  • Cathrin Mohr
  • Arnoldo Lopez Marmolejo
  • Thang Nguyen
  • Jaime Perez
  • Rafael Ravnik
  • Gianmarco Ruzzier
  • Gady Saiovici
  • Mario Schaefer
  • Ilaria Tucci
  • Ilaria Vigo

+5 Anonymous Donors

Merit Award recipients

Elisa Greene (2020-21)

The Merit Award's first recipient is Elisa Greene, an economist from Chile who has experience in that country’s Antitrust Court and currently works at the law firm FerradaNehme in Santiago.

Elisa will join the Barcelona GSE Master's Program in Competition and Market Regulation in September 2020.