McGowan Fellows Program

The McGowan Fellows Program supports aspiring leaders who embody the spirit of William G. McGowan and the McGowan Fund. These remarkable individuals are passionate about promoting and sustaining a dynamic movement of principled leaders committed to the betterment of society.

After witnessing the devastating socioeconomic consequences of the 2008 financial crisis, the board of directors convened and discussed the importance of and the need for great leaders who are imbued with the principles of extreme ownership and hold themselves accountable, creating ethical working cultures that lead individuals, organizations, and communities to success.

The Fund strongly believes that—when done right—leadership transforms individuals, teams, organizations, and society. Ethical leadership requires us to be accountable not only for what we do but also how we do it. It requires people of great character to address the many challenges that will arise.

To this end, the Fund partners with top-tier business schools to award full-tuition scholarships to 10 second-year MBA students and, most importantly, to provide experiential learning opportunities through the following components: leadership training steeped in the McGowan values of ownership, accountability, and self-awareness; an opportunity to work on a social impact project towards improving the lives of others; an annual Symposium focusing on crucial questions facing business and society; and a long-life community of change agents across sectors.

By 2030, with the completion of the second decade of the McGowan Fellows program, we will have invested more than $11 million in the development of principled leaders and believe this program has the potential to make a significant, positive difference in our local communities, the United States, and the world.

Meet the current class.
Check out news about the program.