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It’s a Five-peat for USC Marshall
MBA Students take Gold for Fifth Consecutive Year in C4C Challenge
May 2, 2014 • by News at Marshall

They did it again: For the fifth year in a row, a team of USC Marshall MBA students brought home the top prize in the annual Challenge for Charity (C4C) event, held at Stanford University April 11-12.

Combining community service, fundraising and athletic competition, C4C pits business students from nine elite, West Coast universities against each other in a year-long effort to demonstrate their commitment to community involvement and social responsibility. The winner captures the coveted Golden Briefcase, an award recognizing the team that logs the most hours volunteered and funds solicited, as well as the best attendance and performance at the C4C weekend.

The Marshall team logged hundreds of hours volunteering with three charity organizations: the Special Olympics, Junior Achievement and A Better L.A. In addition, team members raised over $200,000 to support the groups’ philanthropic work.

Marshall’s unprecedented, five-years-running accomplishment, said Daniel Hauser ’14, co-president of the school’s C4C leadership team, highlights what sets Marshall students apart. “Leadership is a central component of the MBA experience, and it begins with caring for the people in your neighborhood and investing in your community,” he observed. “Marshall students embody this.”

Jordan Alajov ’14, vice president of philanthropy for Marshall’s MBA.PM program, agrees. “The school is producing future business leaders who believe in their ability to make a positive impact,” he said. That impact continues to grow: Through Junior Achievement alone, USC Marshall students are helping to reach nearly 100,000 K-12 students, teaching them basic financial literacy and encouraging them to pursue their dreams.

About the USC Marshall School of Business
Consistently ranked among the nation's premier schools, USC Marshall is internationally recognized for its emphasis on entrepreneurship and innovation, social responsibility and path-breaking research. Located in the heart of Los Angeles, one of the world's leading business centers and the U.S. gateway to the Pacific Rim, Marshall offers its 5,700-plus undergraduate and graduate students a unique world view and impressive global experiential opportunities. With an alumni community spanning 123 countries, USC Marshall students join a worldwide community of thought leaders who are redefining the way business works.