Babson Undergraduate Brian Hickey Named Winner Of Microsoft’s Youthspark Challenge For Change

Babson’s Brian Hickey is one of 5 winners of Microsoft’s online social change competition

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Babson College undergraduate and Weissman Scholar Brian Hickey is among five winners of Microsoft’s YouthSpark Challenge for Change. Brian along with the other four winners will receive a $2,500 prize to go toward their charitable project as well as the opportunity to go on a three-week volunteer trip to Kenya in August. Brian Hickey’s initiative aims to advance a non-profit that supports education, healthcare, and sustainable business training center in rural Uganda.

A sophomore at Babson College, Brian Hickey first got inspired to spark change in rural Uganda after meeting a young Ugandan girl who came to the U.S. seeking medical treatment. After talking with her guardian and hearing second-hand the challenges this population faced, Brian realized that working to provide educational resources would create a catalyst for change and empowerment. 

 “I am passionate about providing education and economic opportunities to children and families in rural Uganda. Through these tools, you can empower hardworking, motivated individuals to make a change in their own community and make a lasting sustainable difference,” said Hickey. 

Throughout the years Brian has been actively involved in the in the Engeye program to support education in Uganda by leading campaigns to raise thousands of dollars for textbooks and solar panels for the schools.  During Brian’s freshman year at Babson he was involved in a student run business, which raised over $5,000 for the organization. 

“I am excited to add the funds given by Microsoft to Engeye, which will get us closer to the goal of constructing a Business & Training Center in rural Uganda,” said Brian. “The idea is to help empower villagers with the basic resources and tools to enable their future success.”

Brian Hickey is also the recipient of Babson’s Weissman Scholarship. Weissman Scholars are the recipients of Babson’s most comprehensive and prestigious scholarship. At the core of the full-tuition scholarship program are opportunities for stipends that allow scholars to choose from or create their own diverse and personalized experiences. Seen as leaders in the classroom and community, Weismann Scholars are making significant contributions to life at Babson and the world at large.  
The Microsoft YouthSpark competition aims to enable young people make a difference in the world. Open to ages 18-25 all entrants were required to share an idea for sparking change in their communities or around the world. Using Microsoft’s Windows 8 as a backdrop, all applicants were required to state how they would use and incorporate the company’s newest platform to propel their idea for change. To learn more about Brian Hickey and the other winners in the competition visit the YouthSpark Challenge homepage or Facebook.

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By Hilary Katulak,, 781-239-0723 | 07/08/2013 04:25