Chelsea Olson '13 Memorial Scholarship
In March 2019, Thunderbird alumna Chelsea Olson '13 took her last adventure far too soon. In her memory, her friends, family, colleagues, and classmates have launched a scholarship in her name. Chelsea dedicated her career to education with an emphasis on global curriculum. She spent 17 years at Thunderbird, providing key business, strategy, and operational support, which impacted nearly all those connected with the School during her tenure. In addition, she completed her MBA in Global Management in 2013. The people who love her can think of no better way to celebrate her life and her impact than through a scholarship that will give others access to education.
Chelsea often said that she didn’t believe in collecting things, but rather, she believed in collecting experiences. Her time at Thunderbird was one long collecting spree. She traveled extensively – building Thunderbird’s footprint in Latin America (where she was able to use her perfect Spanish), studying abroad with her E21 classmates, helping a woman entrepreneur in Peru through a TEM (Thunderbird Emerging Markets) Labs consulting project, spending weeks on end in cold Moscow with the Thunderbird CBSD (Center for Business Skills Development) team. These voyages are only the tip of a very large global iceberg. The only continent Chelsea didn’t conquer was Antarctica.
Her collection of experiences didn’t end with global travel. While at Thunderbird she co-authored the Thunderbird history book, led new student orientation (which included leading a flash mob of dancers), helped form a Thunderbird bicycling club, somehow convinced the school to create a “Global Cocktail Lounge” pop-up bar that served ‘Thunder-tinis,’ and inexplicably (to those how knew of her suspect cooking skills) won the Thunderbird Bake-Off.
Chelsea danced, laughed, worked hard, wore rhinestones, and squeezed every ounce of enjoyment out of every experience. If you donate to this scholarship, know that the money will be invested in students who embody “Chelsea-ness.”
All funds will be deposited with the ASU Foundation, and in the event the funds raised reach $25,000, the gifts will permanently endowed.