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How could a new generation of policymakers be inspired?

In the midst of challenging global circumstances last year, the first cohort of outstanding young policymakers from Chile started their LSE studies thanks to a new scholarship fund supported by the Luksic family.

Established to provide financial aid to Chilean students enrolled in the Master of Public Administration (MPA) or the Master of Public Policy (MPP) at LSE, the scholarships are needs-based and support ten beneficiaries per year. The programme offers an extraordinary opportunity for talented young professionals to gain knowledge and skills they will later use to improve lives and livelihoods through policymaking.

Luksic scholars describe the profound impact of being part of LSE thanks to the scholarship:

The COVID-19 pandemic was a huge blow that threatened my plans to study here, and I wouldn’t have been able to be at LSE without this scholarship. The courses I am taking are both fascinating and challenging. I’ve met people from every corner of the world, and with a wide variety of experiences and outlooks.

Olivia Mullins (Master of Public Policy 2021)

Coming to LSE to study this programme has always been my dream. LSE’s culture and community represent a unique mix of international backgrounds. The active student life, public lectures, and exposure to diverse political views are teaching me as much as the courses. My long-term goal is to become a Chilean Congresswoman. Deep in my heart, I think I can add tremendous value to transform Chile into a truly developed economy.

Maria Josefina Hubner (Master of Public Policy 2021)

This scholarship was my only option to become part of LSE. I am very grateful for this opportunity, and I am determined to make the most out of this experience. After my graduation, I will work to translate the knowledge received into efficient public reforms to ensure equality of opportunities in Chile and drive social change.

Maria Ignacia Pinto Retamal (Master of Public Administration 2021)

I am deeply impressed by how much I have learned so far. LSE is a modern and global university where you learn from great professors and brilliant classmates from all around the world. I am thrilled with my decision to come here; I feel challenged and motivated.

Ignacio Loeser (Master of Public Administration 2022)

My LSE experience will allow me to grow as an individual and academic. After I graduate, I plan to return to my country and be an agent of public policy change. The critical situation in Chile will require professionals capable of rethinking economic policy from all spectrums: from the creation and implementation of public policies to structural reforms in terms of citizen participation, education, health, and social security.

Camila Arroyo (Master of Public Administration 2022)