About the Fellows Program

The McGowan Fellows program for top-ranked MBA students was established in 2010 by the McGowan Charitable Fund. Seeking to honor the legacy and interests of William G. McGowan, the Fund board imagined a robust community of young leaders dedicated to ethical leadership and serious societal concerns. Over time, the board believed, such a group would be well-positioned to exert significant influence toward the betterment of the workplace and communities.

The board decided to create a highly select program for second-year MBA students. To find the very best students, the board partnered with 10 leading business programs. Each program is charged annually with selecting one student who is in the top five percent of his/her class and exemplifies the board values of social conscience and ethical leadership.

Our university partners are:

Carnegie Mellon University, Tepper School of Business
Columbia University, Columbia Business School
Dartmouth College, Tuck School of Business
Duke University, Fuqua School of Business
Georgetown University, McDonough School of Business
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sloan School of Management
Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management
University of Chicago, Booth School of Business
University of Michigan, Stephen M. Ross School of Business
University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School

Eligible students are contacted by their home school and complete an application that includes several essays. Winning Fellows receive a full-tuition scholarship for the second year of their MBA studies, mentoring throughout the academic year from a prominent business leader selected by their home school, and lifelong access to the community of Fellows.

New Fellows are also required to participate in a variety of activities throughout the fellowship year: the fall Symposium weekend, this year hosted by the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, on November 10-12; a group project, a winter working weekend and a spring weekend working retreat where the group project work is finalized. These activities are intended to launch valued, lifelong friendships that, collectively, have the power to change the face of leadership in our society.

For further information contact Nefeli Mourti, McGowan Fellows Program Director, at nefeli.mourti@williamgmcgowanfund.org

McGowan Fellows Program Vision

To create and support a community of the best and brightest future business leaders who will address the most significant and pressing challenges in their chosen fields; champion ethical business practices in their organizations and communities; and serve as role models for their peers, schools, organizations, and communities.

McGowan Fellows Program Mission

  • To support and nurture promising second-year, full-time MBA students attending 10 of the top 20 MBA programs nationally, who have achieved academic standing in the top five percent of their class, and who have demonstrated leadership.
  • To create a community of business leaders who will form lifelong relationships with each other, lasting throughout their careers; share ideas and innovations; and individually and collectively reinforce efforts to improve societal conditions for those less fortunate.
  • To establish partnerships with top-ranked MBA institutions to select and sustain McGowan Fellows, to grow in understanding trends and needs in MBA programs that will produce the best business leaders for the world, and to demonstrate our mutual commitment to social responsibility.

William G.