About the McGowan Fellows Program

Born of humble means and immigrant parents, William McGowan arrived at the Harvard Business School with just one year’s tuition in hand. He bet that he’d win a scholarship to cover the second year, and no one–least of all him–doubted he'd succeed.


As a scholarship recipient, William McGowan believed in the transformative power of education and that opportunity unleashed innovation.

The McGowan Fellows Program embodies his spirit by offering full-tuition scholarships to second-year MBA students enrolled at the nation's top

business schools. Through tuition assistance, mentoring, networking and a yearlong dialogue, the Fellows Program encourages emerging leaders to

make ethical and societal concerns part of their ongoing corporate ethos.


Candidates are selected by their graduate business schools near the close of their first year. Students must show excellent academic achievement–with standing in the top 5 percent of their class–and possess demonstrated leadership. Candidates submit an application that includes essays on such topics as the greatest challenges facing tomorrow's business leaders, and how industry leaders can address business challenges within a financially viable and socially responsible framework.


The McGowan Charitable Fund offers ongoing support to Fellows as they complete their MBA programs and advance through their careers. Together,alumni form a network of  business leaders who recognize the value of ethical business practices and buttress one another as they advance efforts

to improve societal conditions for those less fortunate.


About Our University Partners

Central to the McGowan Fellows Program are our university partners.


• Carnegie Mellon Tepper School of Business

• Columbia University Graduate School of Business

• Dartmouth College Tuck School of Business

• Duke University Fuqua School of Business

• Georgetown University McDonough School of Business

• MIT Sloan School of Business

• Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management

• University of Chicago Booth School of Business

• University of Michigan Ross School of Management

• University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business.


Each year, universities identify and select top students. Once Fellows are chosen, universities agree to select a volunteer mentor–a respected leader from the local business community–for a yearlong mentorship program. Mentors agree to meet and communicate regularly with the Fellow the universities agree to maintain ongoing communication with the McGowan Fund.