Dedicated to Developing Tomorrow’s Ethical Business Leaders that will have a Positive
Impact on Business and Society
The Fowler Scholars Program was created to educate and prepare a select group of Fowler
College of Business students for accelerated and lasting leadership roles in global
business and society. Student development will be based upon proven best practices
in curricular and extracurricular programming combined with exposure and interaction
with current business and community leaders. Students are selected holistically on
a variety of characteristics – demonstrated leadership, ethical conduct, collaborative
nature, initiative, and academic ability. This is a leadership program – not an honors
program. The Fowler College of Business selects the complete student who has the potential
to positively impact business and society based on their ethical grounding and well-rounded
nature. The Fowler College of Business aims to develop their skills under the direction
of top faculty and professional mentors so that their impact will be maximized and
About The Fowler Scholars Program
The Fowler College of Business proudly announced its inaugural class of Fowler Scholars
for the fall 2018 semester and currently admits 4 freshman a year.
Great leaders acquire AND apply knowledge. A major tenant of the Fowler Scholars Program
is that students are provided the advantage of advanced and directed learning within
a small learning community and in turn will apply this knowledge in practical “real-world”
Speakers are successful business and influential community leaders, subject matter
experts, as well as senior faculty and alumni. A typical semester would have 5 topical
discussions, 1-2 case studies, and 6-8 guest speakers.
One of the most important aspects of the Program is the opportunity to attend and
participate in special networking events, both on and off campus. These events offer
students a unique opportunity to meet successful leaders in business and the broader
community in professional settings.
Each Fowler Scholar will experience a Winter Semester travel abroad trip where they
will gain a global perspective and understand the nuances for conducting business
with differing cultures and social mores.
A professional internship is an important element of the Fowler Scholars Program and
a requirement to complete the program. Internships provide students the opportunity
to apply their classroom experiences in the real-world and gain skills and competencies
that will allow them to launch a successful career. Internships are helpful in identifying the types of jobs and tasks that students like and dislike
and may also lead to a full-time position after graduation.
Service Learning experiences offer students another opportunity to apply knowledge
gained to “real world” problems. Each student is required to participate one or more
service learning projects that benefit the community.
Rhys Aiem is a Freshman majoring in General Business. Aiem’s career interests span
from the sports industry to finance. A Helix High School graduate, Aiem participated
in basketball, golf, Interact Community Service Club, and the La Mesa Youth Advisory Commission while juggling studies as an honor roll student.
Rhys credits the La Mesa Youth Advisory Commission with teaching him leadership and
how to become an involved citizen as he led campus clean ups and reading sessions for younger students. Rhys’s parents
have served as an inspiration, teaching him “to respect everyone, be open-minded, and put myself in others’ shoes.” As he begins
in the FSP, Rhys shares, “I’m very eager to begin as a Fowler Scholar to network and
meet new people. I know the program will give me opportunities to succeed throughout
college and give me the resources to find a job after graduation.”
Gaby Mabey is a Freshman majoring in Marketing. She hopes to one day transfer those
marketing skills to a career in Digital Marketing as a Social Media Manager. This
Helix High School graduate was an honor roll student who participated in swim, water
polo, and airbands. When she wasn’t focused on school or sports, Gaby mentored special
needs students assisting them with their homework. She also volunteers at her church
summer camps watching the infants in the nursery. Gaby shares that her parents have
served as an inspiration to her because of their hard work and continued care for
both Gaby and her brother. She is enthusiastic about starting in the Fowler Scholars
program and says, “I am most excited to start exploring the unique opportunities the
FSP provides me with and to meet new people in the business world.”
Karl Hedberg joins the Fowler Scholars Program as a Freshman majoring in Management.
Karl dreams of one day starting his own business after graduation. While at Saint
Augustine High School, Karl was an honor roll student who played Lacrosse and served
as the team manager for the basketball team. His mom serves as his biggest inspiration
for her unwavering support and without her, he says he would not be where he is today.
Karl looks forward to his time as a San Diego State University student and a Fowler
Scholars Program student. He explains, “I am excited to be at SDSU and flourish with
the opportunities available in San Diego. As a Fowler Scholar I am ready to learn
and be an outstanding businessman. I hope to benefit my community with the skills
and opportunity I will be receiving.”
Zachary Lafer is a Freshman majoring in General Business. He aspires to work within
real estate development while prioritizing client’s interests and conducting business
ethically. During his Scripps Ranch High School career, he participated in Golf and
was involved in the Student Movement Against Cancer club. Zachary graduated with honors
and also received the Advanced Placement Scholar Award for getting a 3 or above on
3 or more AP tests. Zachary draws inspiration from the late Martin Luther King, Jr.
and says, “He is someone who despite receiving thousands of death threats continued
to do what he believed was right. He gave up his life to make this world a better
place.” Zachary plans to join entrepreneurship clubs and participate in intramural
sports. He looks forward to his time in the Fowler Scholars program and explains,
“I am really excited to create a sense of comradery with my fellow Fowler Scholars
Students, and for us to make each other better, more ethical businessmen and women.”
Natalie Soriano is a Sophomore in SDSU's Fowler College of Business majoring in Accounting.
She is currently involved with the SDSU Symphonic Band, AB Samahan, the Asian Pacific
Student Alliance (APSA) and last Spring became an SDSU Ambassador. Natalie shares,
“I joined this organization because I love serving others, and I can’t wait to have
the chance to serve prospective students alongside a new family of dedicated peers.”
Natalie said the most impactful experience with the Fowler Scholars program was a
Personal Branding workshop led by Mark Lindner and that the workshop, “led me to realize
the importance of recognizing my strengths, acknowledging my weaknesses, and applying
them in such a way that others see you as the worker, leader, and person that you
want to be.” Following graduation, Natalie hopes to work for one of the “Big Four”
accounting firms with aspirations of one day working in management or recruiting.
Azareel is a Sophomore in SDSU’s Fowler College of Business majoring in Marketing.
He has been involved with Rotaract and M.E.Ch.A during his time on campus. Azareel
tells us that the most impactful experience with Fowler Scholars are the weekly meetings
with various business professionals. He shares that, “the lessons that these people
share with us are invaluable. I appreciate learning about how they manage their personal
life with their career and how they use purpose to drive them.” His biggest inspiration
are his parents because they crossed hundreds of miles to get to this country from
Mexico to offer him a better life. Upon graduation, Azareel hopes to become a leader
in a purpose driven company whose goals are centered around positively impacting the
world and possibly in an industry focused around sustainability, education, health,
or a non-profit.
Brady is a Sophomore in SDSU's Fowler College of Business majoring in Accounting.
He shares that being a Fowler Scholar is an honor and that the most impactful experience
in the FSP program was meeting Ron Fowler, “He has already left a lasting legacy and
I want myself and the Fowler Scholars Program to be the vehicle that carries that
legacy on while continuing to give back to future generations of business leaders.”
Following graduation, Brady hopes to be working as a public accountant for one of
the “Big Four” and eventually work up to a senior management position such as CFO
for a major corporation or professional sports team.
Khai is a Sophomore in SDSU's Fowler College of Business, majoring in Business Administration.
Khai hopes to find a career within healthcare management. He is active in the local
community service youth group, San Diego Asian Youth Community, and competed for his
high school Badminton team. Khai and his family travel to Vietnam once every few years
for donation trips, donating food, supplies, and money to elderly homes and orphanages
across Southern Vietnam. His parents are his inspiration: "Both of my parents like
many immigrants came with very little. They had to sacrifice their college education
to support our family, with my dad working three jobs while my mom took care of her
baby brother. Their tenacity and tireless hard work inspires me to make them proud."
Davis is a Junior majoring in Finance. He has been involved with several student organizations
that include: Zip Launchpad, Entrepreneur Society, Weber Honors College, Residential
Life as a Resident Advisor, and the Mission Bay Aquatic Center as a Wakesport Instructor.
Davis is an entrepreneur and for the last six year has owned and operated a woodwind
instrument repair business. He shares that being a Fowler Scholar, “has taught me
to put a new lens on the way I approach every decision in my life from an ethical
standpoint. I believe it is training me to be a better citizen of my community and
helping teach me how to bring a positive impact to others with a great moral compass
supported by a concrete skill set.” Following graduation, Davis hopes to find a career
that combines his passion for business, entrepreneurship, and ingenuity, with a sense
of purpose and serving others. He aspires to be in a position to give back to the
community and SDSU.
Landon is a Junior majoring in Accounting and minoring in Management Information Systems.
He is involved with both the Entrepreneur Society, serving as this year’s President
and the Accounting Society. Landon explains that the most impactful experience as
a Fowler Scholar has been “meeting business leaders such as Ron Fowler, Fred Pierce
and Mark Lindner and many more. I have been exposed to so many different aspects of
the business world, areas involving social entrepreneurship, commercial development
and banking.” Upon graduation, Landon aspires to join one of the Big 4 accounting
firms to develop his skills in audit accounting and to pursue data science. He also
has dreams of starting a commercial real estate company and helping bring Fortune
500 companies to San Diego in hopes of growing the town into a more globalized city.
Rachel is a Junior majoring in Management Information Systems while minoring in Spanish
and Interdisciplinary Studies. She is also part of the Weber Honors College at SDSU.
Rachel shares that the most impactful aspect of the FSP has been both her academic
and professional mentors, “My mentors have helped me decide on my major, improve my
resume, and have been a great network of support.” She credits her academic mentor,
Professor Christine Probett and her professional mentor, Jennifer Fall Jung, CFO at
Funko, Inc. as major sources of inspiration for exemplifying ethical leadership. After
SDSU, Rachel intends to find a niche in the information technology industry in a role
like systems analyst that uses technology to design solutions for business problems.
Faith is a Junior majoring in Accounting and minoring in Interdisciplinary Studies.
Faith has be involved in several campus organizations including: Student Accounting
Society, where she was the VP of Communications and on the Internal Audit Committee;
Students Against Human Trafficking, where she served as Treasurer and Graphics Officer;
and lastly she was an Intern with Brightside Produce. Faith shares that, “Being a
Fowler Scholar is the bedrock of who I have become and will continue to grow into
until I graduate. Instead of focusing on this semester, or next semester, this program
has made me envision who I want to become even beyond college as I establish my career
and even beyond that. Having a long-term perspective makes my every action more thoughtful
and goal oriented.” Following graduation, Faith aspires to specialize in the nonprofit
industry as an auditor working at a public accounting firm.