Fowler Scholars

Research & Engagement

  SSE-3356 |    619-594-5259  |   [email protected]
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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 potential realized.

 

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” settings.

 

Key Program Activities

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.

Each student will be matched with a Professional (Business Leader) Mentor, Faculty Mentor, and Peer (upper-class) Mentor.

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.

 

Meet the Fowler Scholars

Class of 2025

Cooper CravenCooper Craven

Major:  Business Management with a Specialization in Human Resources Management

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cooper is a freshman  majoring in Management with a Specialization in Human Resources Management and double minoring in Communication and Digital and Social Media Studies. While in high school, Craven invested his free time in leading an after-school program for junior high students and participating in California YMCA Youth and Government. After graduation from SDSU, Cooper aspires to become an expert in the management field and earn an executive position for a media or entertainment based company. His main goal is to positively impact the world around him by “working for a company that either puts smiles on people’s faces through entertainment or helps disenfranchised individuals improve their quality of life.” Craven shares that he’s looking forward to joining a “community of like-minded individuals who are not just seeking goals similar to my own, but are willing to help me learn and grow together both inside and outside of the classroom.” 

 

 

Katherine Tat

Katherine Tat

Major: Accounting

 

 

 

 

 

 

Katherine is a freshman majoring in Accounting. Throughout her high school career, Tat held various leadership positions in Air Force Junior ROTC, the San Diego Unified School District Joint Brigade, and the Scripps-Miramar Teen Council. From these experiences, Tat was able to improve her self-confidence and leadership skills. Katherine hopes to pursue a career as a government agency Investigating Auditor where she can investigate and stop corporate financial fraud. Tat is proud to have joined the Fowler Scholars Program because she’ll be a part of a “close-knit learning community where she can further develop and apply leadership skills.” 

 

Isabella MurilloIsabella Murillo

Major: Business Management

 

 

 

 

 

 

Isabella is a freshman majoring in Business Management. During her time in high school, Murillo volunteered at her local elementary school and created the Books Beyond Borders club which collects book donations and sends them to kids in developing countries. The club has collected over 600 donations that are being sent to Belize. After finding her passion through the Associated Student Body, Isabella hopes to obtain an influential leadership position for a company in which she can “work against the weight that is poverty which has significantly influenced the day-to-day life of families like mine.” Murillo shares that she’s excited to be part of the Fowler Scholars Program because she will “become educated on what is expected of an ethical business leader and how to work with others towards a common goal.”

 

 

Brian Martinez

Brian Martinez

Major: Financial Services

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brian joins the Fowler Scholars Program as a freshman majoring in Financial Services and double minoring in Accounting and Information Systems. He looks forward to his time as a San Diego State University student and a Fowler Scholars Program student. He explains, “becoming a Fowler Scholar is the greatest honor that I have received in my years of academia. I am excited to exhibit strong moral values and become an ethical business leader in the future. The Fowler Scholars Program will help me become a leader in my classroom, community and the business world.” Following graduation, Brian aspires to fund his own company which will focus on providing financial services such as financial planning and investment advice. After scaling his business, he plans to “start my own mutual and hedge fund so that I can generate capital to build a worldwide non-profit organization that aims to help struggling communities with financial literacy.”

 

Class of 2024

Rhys Aiem

Rhys Aiem

Major: Finance

 

 

 

 

 

Rhys is a sophomore majoring in Finance. After finishing his first year at SDSU, Aiem became more passionate about his interest in sports and is now looking into the Sports MBA program at SDSU. 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 his second year in the Fowler Scholars Program, Rhys shares that he has, “a higher responsibility to be the best version of myself that I can be while also uplifting my peers and other Fowler Scholars.”

 Gaby Mabey Gaby Mabey

   Major: Marketing

 

 

 

 

 

Gaby is a sophomore majoring in Marketing. She hopes to one day transfer those marketing skills to a career in advertising where she can create commercials, ads, and promotions for ethical companies. 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 the other students in the Fowler Scholars Program often inspire her since they all work as a team and applaud each other's success. She is enthusiastic about starting her second year in the Fowler Scholars program and says, “being a Fowler Scholar is an extreme privilege to me. I am honored to be in a program with 15 other outstanding students.”

 

Karl Hedberg

Karl Hedberg

Major: Marketing, with a Specialization in Professional Selling and Sales Management

 

 

 

 

 

Karl is a sophomore majoring in Management with a Specialization in Sales. Karl dreams of one day starting his own business after graduation, similar to his grandfather who inspired his business aspirations. 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

Zachary Lafer

Major: Finance


 

 

 

 

Zachary is a sophomore majoring in Finance. He aspires to work within real estate development while prioritizing client’s interests and conducting business ethically. 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, “to put himself out there as a leader of positive change had a great amount of risk associated with it. To incite change in a nonviolent way, fighting against a violent power must have been difficult. He is somebody who put his values and ethics before himself.” Zachary plans to join entrepreneurship clubs and participate in intramural sports. He looks forward to his second year in the program and explains, “being a Fowler Scholar means having the capacity to ethically lead no matter what industry or occupation we may end up in. The Fowler Scholar program is also about being able to use an occupational passion to give back to the community, practiced through service learning projects.”

Class of 2023

Natalie Soriano

Natalie Soriano

Major: Accounting

 

 

 

 

 

Natalie is a junior in SDSU's Fowler College of Business majoring in Accounting. She is currently involved with the Student Accounting Society and the SDSU Ambassadors. Natalie shares that she joined the SDSU Ambassadors "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 having the opportunity to deliver a speech at a formal donor event. Although it was nerve racking, with the help of her program advisors and peers Soriano was, “able to craft a concise and impactful speech that resonated with the donors at the event and that moment made me confident in my ability to succeed as a Fowler Scholar.” Following graduation, Natalie hopes to work for Ernst & Young after completing a summer internship with them as an Audit Intern.

Azareel Gesuri Canizales

Azareel Gesuri Canizales

Major: Management with a Specialization in Human Resource Management


 

 

 

 

Azareel is a junior majoring in Business Management with a Specialization in Human Resource Management. He is the Director of Recruitment and Retention for the Financial Education Peer Program and serves as the VP of Recruitment for Rotaract. 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 in the nonprofit sector.
Brady Burcin

Brady Burcin

Major: Accounting

 

 

 

 

 

Brady is a junior 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 start off working as a public accountant for Ernst & Young and eventually work his way up to the partner or executive director level within the firm. He shares that he would enjoy a senior management position, such as CFO for a major corporation or professional sports team.

Khai Nguyen

Khai Nguyen

Major: Marketing


 

 

 

 

Khai is a junior in SDSU's Fowler College of Business, majoring in Marketing with a Specialization in Professional Sales and Sales Management. He shares that his most impactful experience in the FSP program was the mentorship program where he was paired with an academic mentor and a professional mentor. His professional mentor, Professor Steven Osinski, helped him “recognize his passion for sales and introduced him to the sales specialization of marketing.” He is an active member of the Lavin Entrepreneurship Center, Alpha Kappa Psi, and American Marketing Association. 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."

Class of 2022

Davis Boring

Davis Boring

Major: Finance


 

 

 

 

Davis is a senior majoring in Finance with a minor in Real Estate. He has been involved with several student organizations including: Zip Launchpad, Entrepreneur Society, Residential Life as a Resident Advisor, and the Mission Bay Aquatic Center as a Wakesport Instructor. Davis is an entrepreneur and with the help of his ZIP Launch team founded a company named “till” that partners with local restaurants to help sell food at the end of the day instead of throwing them out. 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.

Lando Delgadillo

Landon Delgadillo

Major: Accounting


 

 

 

 

Landon is a senior majoring in Accounting and minoring in Management Information Systems. He is involved with both the Entrepreneur Society 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 Magers

Rachel Magers

Major: Information Systems


 

 

 

 

Rachel is a senior majoring in Management Information Systems while minoring in Spanish and Interdisciplinary Studies. She is also part of the Weber Honors College at SDSU and works for Associated Students. 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 will be starting as an IT Compliance Staff for the public accounting firm Moss Adams in July 2022.
Faith Goh

Faith Goh

Major: Accounting


 

 

 

 

Faith is a senior majoring in Accounting and minoring in Interdisciplinary Studies. Faith has be involved in several campus organizations including: Student Accounting Society, Students Against Human Trafficking, Pathways, 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 beyond college as I establish my career and life after SDSU. Having a long-term perspective makes my every action more thoughtful and goal oriented.” Faith shares that her most memorable experience in the FSP has been meeting Jim Sinegal, the founder of Costco, because his values framed her views on the ideal culture of a business. Following graduation, Faith aspires to attend graduate school to pursue a path in education where she can continue to make a positive impact on the community around her and mentor others.

  

Contacts

 

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Peter Shaw

Executive in Residence, Director of the Fowler Scholars Program
[email protected]
858-454-7200 |  SSE-3225

In addition to the Fowler Scholars Program, the Shaws support an endowed Fowler College of Business Student Scholarship and SDSU’s Athletic Department Programs.

 

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Sheona Som

Senior Director of Development
[email protected]
619-594-0551 |  ATH-202

If you are interested in learning more about contributing to or creating an endowment fund in support of the Fowler College of Business, we invite you to contact Sheona Som.

 

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