Kellogg Names Inaugural Class of Youn Impact Scholars

The following article was originally sourced from the news piece “Meet Kellogg’s First Youn Impact Scholars” published on Kellogg’s News & Events page. 

Five graduating students and four alumni from the Kellogg School of Business have been named to the inaugural class of Youn Impact Scholars, a new program designed to empower and support members of the Kellogg community engaged in social innovation.

This award recognizes those who are launching new enterprises, influencing policy decisions and leveraging the private sector for positive social change. The ultimate goal is creating a community and platform for scholars to engage in world-changing pursuits, inspire one another throughout all career stages and contribute to inclusive global prosperity.

“In 10 or 20 years, there will be hundreds of Impact Scholars,” says Andrew Youn ’06, one of the alumni scholars. The program is named after Youn following his efforts as co-founder of the One Acre Fund, a service organization that serves rural farmers in Africa.

“Tens of thousands of people will work in social enterprises under these leaders. This will represent an incredible network for positive social good — a network of top-educated social entrepreneurs, all working together in different ways to make the world a better place,” Youn added.

Graduating students and alumni will be picked every year to join the program. Scholars will meet biennially to share ideas, discuss challenges and collaborate on their work in social innovation. At these biennial events, scholars will develop new initiatives to implement social change in a number of ways, including new venture launches, impact investing and “intrapreneurship,” thinking like an entrepreneur while working within a larger corporation.

Full list of this year’s Youn Impact Scholars:



  • Elissa Densborn ’14
  • Meladee Evans ’14
  • Katherine Hand ’14
  • Akifumi Kita ’14
  • Charag Krishnan ’14


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Max Pulcini
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