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2019 Howard P. Milstein Fellowship



In honor of Howard P. Milstein, an American businessman, philanthropist, and supporter of our mission, we are excited to once again name a Howard P. Milstein Fellow at the 2019 National Meeting. A winning essay will incorporate the shared philosophies of Howard Milstein, the Manhattan Institute, and the Adam Smith Society - the centrality of free markets to American culture, and the benefits of commerce for a thriving society.

This fellowship will be awarded to the first or second-year MBA student member who authors the winning essay in response to the prompt available below by February 1, 2019. Apply here.


In approximately 500 words, please respond to the below.

Recent surveys have found weak support for capitalism among Millennials. A 2016 national poll of America’s 18- to 29-year-olds by Harvard’s Institute of Politics (IOP), for example, found that a majority did not support capitalism and that a third supported socialism. Do business leaders have a responsibility to influence the general public’s perception of capitalism? If yes, how should they best accomplish this, and among younger Americans, specifically?


Award Details

The Howard P. Milstein Fellow will receive:

  • $1,000 cash prize
  • Their essay published by the Manhattan Institute and featured on the Adam Smith Society website
  • 100% travel scholarship to all National Events (including the 2019 National Meeting)

Contest Details

MBA Students and Professional Members are eligible for this fellowship

  • February 1, 2019: All essay submissions due
  • April 12-13, 2019: Winner announced at the National Meeting



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