Fellowships for Ethical MBAs

The William G. McGowan Charitable Fund has created a unique Fellows Program designed to inspire emerging leaders to make ethical and societal concerns part of their ongoing corporate ethos by offering full second-year tuition scholarships to one MBA candidate from each of 10 top U.S. business schools, starting in fall 2010.

Recipients will have demonstrated academic excellence and social leadership during the first year of their MBA studies. Additionally, the fellows will present a case study in business to the McGowan Fund Board of Directors at a conference each fall.

Through this conference, which also will be open to alumni of the fellowship program, the McGowan Fund hopes to build a network of future leaders honoring the legacy of the organization’s namesake, Bill McGowan, a successful entrepreneur and founder of MCI Communications.

The initial class of fellows will be selected from Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business, Carnegie Mellon Tepper School of Business, Columbia Business School, Duke University Fuqua School of Business, MIT Sloan School of Business, Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management, Stanford University Graduate School of Business, University of Chicago Booth School of Business, University of Michigan Ross School of Business, and University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.

In a statement announcing the fellowships, The McGowan Fund Executive Director Diana Spencer said, “This unprecedented program seeks to support future leaders who can influence their companies to advance a financially viable environmental and societal agenda. Against a backdrop of failed pension funds, the mortgage debacle, and widespread job loss, it is crucial that top business leaders win for their companies and also for society as a whole.”

The 2010-2011 class of the McGowan Fellows will be announced in July 2010.

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