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David Hogan

David Hogan, Cambridge MBA scholarship recipient
What I look forward to at Cambridge is actually very similar to what I looked forward to about a deployment. Learning new ways to see and approach problems and, ultimately, shape solutions

Being in the Marines Expeditionary Unit and responsible for global crisis response

After finishing my undergraduate degree in Management at the Georgia Institute of Technology I was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps, where I served for six years. I began my post-formal military schooling as a Combat Engineer Platoon Commander. I was later assigned to the 22d Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), which is where I have spent the majority of my career. While with the MEU, my responsibilities included operational planning for missions ashore, as well as working with host nations, allied militaries, and corresponding United States State Department offices. Most of my time was spent working in the Middle East and Africa, with a limited amount of time working with allied nations in Europe. 

Returning to the United States it became clear that the deployment tempo for the Marine Corps was slowing down as our involvement overseas decreased. Though I loved the Corps, the shift to a garrison focus made it clear to me that it was time to seek another challenge outside of military service. 

On combining military education with the Cambridge MBA

The decision to take an MBA following my time in the Marine Corps was a fairly simple one. I had an undergraduate degree in business but my education was now six years out of date. As a Marine Officer I had developed extensive experience in leadership, broad collaboration, and teamwork. My goal became to take the two separate experiences of my undergraduate education and military career and combine them so that I could effectively take on today's business environment. 

The harder choice was deciding what MBA programme to attend because at the time I had very little knowledge as to what advantages each program provided. I did know that the most interesting part of my military career was working with individuals from backgrounds very different to my own. Throughout my research and the interview process, it became clear that my focus and that of CJBS were by far the most aligned. 

On being awarded the Military Personnel Scholarship

I was surprised that the Military Personnel Scholarship existed, and I especially didn't expect that it would be available to military personnel from outside the United Kingdom. That the scholarship exists made me that much more certain that the University of Cambridge was one that valued diverse experiences and actively sought to recruit people from widely different background in order to create an environment that fosters a wide perspective and open collaboration in its students. 

Military experience has taught me many lessons that can be learned nowhere else. Receiving this scholarship makes me even more determined to contribute to the experiences of my classmates as I am sure they will contribute to mine.

Looking forward to the year ahead

What I look forward to at Cambridge is actually very similar to what I looked forward to about a deployment. There will be incredible amounts of work, long hours, difficult problems that will appear unsolvable, but ultimately, working with my peers, we will learn from each other and do things we never knew we could. I look forward to learning new ways to see and approach problems and, ultimately shape solutions.

Scholarship awarded

Military Personnel Scholarship




BSc Management, Georgia Institute of Technology

Pre-MBA career

US Marine Corp, Regimental Future Operations Officer