Shruti Jain ’24

Shruti Jain ’24

Shruti Jain ’24 knows a thing or two about building community.

Inspired by her upbringing, Jain creates communities everywhere she goes. They all stem from the idea of shared, lived experiences and supporting others.

Take, for example, her high school experience. Recognizing that many fellow students received financial aid, Jain created a space for the group to connect and share resources. “I found a voice in myself to become a leader and to support others,” she said. “That’s what being an entrepreneurial leader is—finding solutions, being unique and creative, and being someone who is supportive, inclusive, and understanding.”

Tell us about where you grew up.

My parents emigrated from India to the United States in the ’90s. I grew up in California and lived in a low-income community of color. I went to high school at a predominantly white private school, and I commuted about an hour to get there.

I think a lot about the bus ride I took to get to school. I started in my town, where I’d see people walking to work, people with their children. When I got to my school, the community was quiet—it didn’t feel as connected. I learned a lot from the experience, including that I’m from a supportive community who understands each other’s journeys.

What communities were you a part of, or did you create?

In middle school, I was a Next Generation Scholar. They are a nonprofit dedicated to leveling the playing field for underserved students, taught me about navigating the world as a low-income student. My Next Generation Scholar friends and I understood one another.

I received financial aid to attend high school. At first, I felt like I didn’t earn my place because of that financial aid, but I started to notice that a lot of my friends received some sort of financial aid. I created FASES, a group that speaks to the experience of being a low-income student at an elite school and provides a safe space for students.

That’s what being an entrepreneurial leader is—finding solutions, being unique and creative, and being someone who is supportive, inclusive, and understanding.“
– Shruti Jain ‘24
on Being an Entrepreneurial Leader

What drew you to Babson?

I learned about Babson my junior year. I’ve always had an interest in entrepreneurial thought and business. I learned that Babson reflects this idea of helping one another and finding new solutions that better the world. Being an entrepreneurial leader and finding solutions connects to bettering the community, which reflects the values and experiences I’ve had.

Of Blank’s six leadership qualities, which one do you most identify with?

Giving Back to Others and Including Everyone. The Blank Family Foundation really emphasizes the idea of finding solutions to better a community. Inclusion and support is so important.

The communities I have been part of have given so much to me, like my parents and the Next Generation Scholars. It’s my responsibility to give back to them, and to students who weren’t given the opportunities I was given.

What does being a Blank School Scholar mean to you?

When COVID-19 hit, my mother lost her job. I was stressed about affording school. I was about to take my AP calculus test when I got the call that I’d been given the scholarship. I freaked out. I was enthusiastic, excited. I could go to a school I was passionate about, and afford it. A weight had been lifted off my shoulders. The test went well, too.

I’m excited to work with the other Blank Leadership Scholars. It’s unknown what we will accomplish, but I know we will accomplish great things.

What’s something that concerns you about the world today?

I live in California, where there are a lot of wildfires. I woke up this morning thinking it was 5:30 a.m., but it was 9:30 a.m. It was completely dark. The sky was orange. So climate change is on my mind. It’s something that needs to be given more focus and thought.

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