In Memory of Our Friend Misho

Elizabeth Kim ‘14

Last October, Chicago Booth lost of one of our own. Mihail Ivanov, AB ‘09, affectionately called “Misho” by all, was a dear friend and classmate who was just starting his second year at Booth.  Misho, who was from Bulgaria, was brilliant and an accomplished professional at the young age of 27.  He embodied a combination of intellectual curiosity, dedication, and genuine goodness to which we all can aspire.  

Misho’s memory is now being honored by his family and friends through efforts to raise funds to endow and establish the Mihail Ivanov Memorial Scholarship.  This scholarship will benefit one carefully selected incoming Chicago Booth student from Eastern Europe each year with tuition assistance.  Considerable efforts by your fellow classmates, Misho’s family and friends as well as Dean’s office at Chicago Booth are being exerted to ensure that Misho’s legacy endures.  

The Dean’s Office at Booth has generously committed to matching donations 1 for 1 for the Misho scholarship only if $200,000 is raised to create an endowed fund of $400,000 in support of the scholarship.  Achieving these fundraising goals will ensure that Misho’s memory will be honored in perpetuity. If you are interested in donating, we encourage you to visit the Class Gift website at  In order to donate to the scholarship, from the Area of Support menu, select “Mihail Ivanov Memorial Scholarship”.

    We hope that you will help us honor Misho’s legacy by supporting those students who wish to pursue his dream of graduating from Chicago Booth and bringing their knowledge, skills, and spirit of service back to their communities in Eastern Europe. For Misho, no goal ever seemed too big. Let’s honor his memory together.  

Author, Elizabeth Kim, is a member of the Class Gift Committee, who, with Noah Weiss, has been acting as a liaison between the Class Gift and Misho Scholarship efforts.