MBA Student Recognized for Humanitarian Efforts

Chase Anderson

With commencement and end of term just around the corner, it is the perfect time to honor the tremendous efforts of our students through various awards and scholarships. One of these awards is the Marion McGill Smith School of Business Administration Humanitarian Award which goes to an outstanding graduate student in the business school who has made a significant humanitarian contribution throughout the course of his education and life.

This year’s Marion McGill prize has been awarded to graduating MBA student Chase Anderson. The son of a Honduran immigrant, Chase has always understood the importance of giving back and helping others in need. From the time he was 18 and fresh out of high school, Chase has spent considerable time in the impoverished and war-stricken areas of northern Africa, Mexico, and the Middle East. As he describes, these experiences hit upon his passion for helping others.

“In two weeks, I had gone from splitting a sandwich with a homeless and orphaned Moroccan in the streets of Essaouira to the bulging lines of the Costco in Kalispell. The disproportion of the two worlds is enough to forever disturb one’s peace in the land of plenty. It serves as a constant reminder to take no bread or opportunity for granted and to be ever vigilant for the chance to lend a hand.”

Since his first experiences in Morocco and northern Africa, Chase has built homes for homeless families in Mexico, interned with the World Affairs Council of Montana, and worked at the Center for Strategic Studies in Jordan. In the midst of his many volunteer efforts and internships, Chase also attended the University of Montana, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and History with Arabic Language Studies in 2013.

In 2015, after spending two years in Jordan, Chase was ready to take on new challenges in the University of Montana’s MBA program. He says he chose to pursue the MBA after seeing firsthand “the connection between humanitarian efforts and business.”

With graduation in full view, Chase is now ready to embrace everything he’s learned, continue making a difference throughout the global community, and inspire other Montanans to do the same.

“I’ll continue to use the skills learned in the MBA program to connect Montanans to those abroad. Because it is not a list of good deeds that defines a humanitarian, but an ability to connect two parties in need, to be at the sides of others in good times and in bad and to give the opportunity to go and do likewise to others.”