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Dedicated to Developing Tomorrow’s Ethical Business Leaders who 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 Program aims to develop their skills under the guidance of top faculty and professional mentors so that their impact will be maximized and potential turned into reality.
About The Fowler Scholars Program
The Fowler College of Business proudly announced its inaugural class of Fowler Scholars for the Fall 2018 semester. It is currently the most exclusive scholarship program within the Fowler College of Business, admitting four new students 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
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 Spring Semester trip to Washington D.C. 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.
Meet the Fowler Scholars
Class of 2026
Major: Marketing with a specialization in IMC
Adam is a first year finance student at SDSU. One thing about Adam is that, no matter what it is, he always tries to be the best at what he does. He describes himself as hardworking, determined, and ambitious. When a goal is set, he doesn’t stop until it is complete. Additionally, he’s compassionate, caring, and respectful. One of his core values is that he wants to see everyone around him happy and successful.An accomplishment he is proud of is managing his own reselling business where he resells rare sneakers and video consoles including PlayStation 5s and Xbox Series Xs. Adam has owned this business for over three years now, but views it more of a hobby because he enjoys learning about the different types of gaming communities. He hopes to pursue a career in finance as a financial advisor for a company or by starting his own financial advising agency. Adam’s ultimate goal is to be in a position where he can give back and support his community.
Major: Financial Services
Class of 2025
Major: Management with a Specialization in Human Resource Management and double minoring in Communication and Digital and Social Media Studies
Cooper is a second year HR management student at SDSU. During Cooper’s first year at San Diego State University, he has joined on-campus organizations such as Rotaract of SDSU and currently serves as the Voter Registration Lead for the SDSU Rock the Vote initiative and Vice Chair of the External Relations Board. After graduation, Cooper aspires to become an expert in management and work in human resources for a nonprofit or a company in the entertainment industry. 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 his favorite part of the Fowler Scholars Program is being a part of 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 is a second year accounting student at SDSU. Always aspiring to continue her personal growth, Katherine has been determined to be involved on campus. During her first year, she joined the SDSU Vietnamese Student Association board to develop her self-confidence and team management skills. Taking advantage of the leadership and volunteer opportunities presented to her allowed Katherine to build her network and resume. Currently, she is working at Paragon Accountants as a part-time Staff Accountant where she is gaining experience in bookkeeping and tax preparation. She hopes to further explore her interests in accounting through internships before deciding which career path to take following graduation. Katherine is proud to have joined the Fowler Scholars Program because it allows her to be a part of a hands-on learning community that focuses on developing and applying skills needed to succeed in today’s business world.
Isabella is a second year student at SDSU majoring inBusiness Management because she wanted to learn about the building blocks and inner workings of a business. After gaining leadership experience in high school, she realized that one thing all companies have in common is their underlying structure and organization to achieve a common goal, which is why Isabella chose Management as her major. The Fowler Scholars Program has allowed her to learn what it’s like to be an efficient leader under extenuating circumstances. The programhas taught her that regularly practicing patience and morality will benefit you and your company in the long run which is something most professionals won’t learn until it’s too late. Isabella hopes to work at the SDSU Global Campus because of the academic opportunities it presents to its students. With opportunities to take degree or certificate programs online, people are able to advance their education even under difficult circumstances. She states, “my dad is not only my biggest role model but also, my number one supporter. As a first-generation American, mydad grew up in an environment where it was considered your destiny to pick in the fields. Despite all the financial and social obstacles he faced, he was able to rewrite his story which gives me the courage to work hard and accomplish whatever Iputmy mind to.” She is very passionate about philanthropy and aspires to run a nonprofit that targets poverty and education in Hispanic communities.
Brian is a second year finance student at SDSU. Once people get to know Brian, they would describe him as analytical and competitive. Finance is the most quantitative and competitive field in business and that is what attracts him to it. His curiosity and inquisitive nature has led him to pursue a career in investments because he has the opportunity to research and create solutions for clients. He is forever grateful to be a part of the Fowler Scholars Program because of the resources he’s been provided to succeed in his post-graduation career. Brian is a huge believer in leadership and currently serves asthe Vice President of Program Management for the Finance and Investment Society . He got involved with this organization during his freshman year because it provided him with the opportunity to develop his skills as a finance student and network with alumni that now work in high finance. The best advice he's received is to live a balanced life. Sometimes, he forgets to take care of himself or have fun because if he’s not in class, he’s working, doing homework, or at the gym. This advice has helped Brian learn how to balance his personal, academic, and professional life to have the best experience at SDSU.
Class of 2024
Major: General Marketing
Gabriella Mabey is a third year in SDSU's Fowler College of Business majoring in Marketing. She always knew she wanted to work in business, but marketing stood out to her becauseshe can express her creativity within content and branding and is intrigued by theanalytics and research behind what influences consumers to purchase products. Gabriella views being a Fowler Scholar as a great honor. To her, “it means being the next generation of ethical business executives and leaders. The knowledge that we learn in class prepares each student for their careers post-graduation and gives us real world knowledge that you can’t get in any class. My professional mentor, Mary Curran, has been the most impactful person in this program.” Curran is the most valuable resource to Gabriella and is full of information on the business world. After graduation, she would like to work for a fashion or cosmetics company as a product marketing manager, content marketing specialist, or creative director. All of these paths would allow her to have creative freedom and to do what she loves.
Major: Marketing, with a Specialization in Professional Sales and Sales Management
Major: Finance and Film
Class of 2023
Natalie is a fourth year in SDSU's Fowler College of Business majoring in Accounting. She is currently involved with the SDSU Ambassadors and joined the organization because she loves "serving others, and having the chance to serve prospective students alongside a new family of dedicated peers.” She was previously involved with the Student Accounting Society, a role in which she helped current Accounting students learn about the field and make meaningful professional connections. The most impactful experience that Natalie has had as part of the Fowler Scholars program was back in the Fall of 2019, when she had the opportunity to deliver a speech at a formal donor event. Although nerve racking at first, with the help of her program advisors and peers, she found she 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.” For the past two summers, Natalie has completed internships with Ernst & Young, namely their Launch Internship in 2021 and their Audit Client Serving Internship in 2022. Following graduation, Natalie will be joining Ernst & Young as an Assurance Staff and will be studying for her CPA.
Azareel Gesuri Canizales
Major: Management, with a Specialization in Human Resource Management
Brady is a fourth year 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.” Brady is pursuing a CPA and has accepted a full-time offer at Ernst & Young. He eventually hopes to work his way up to the partner or executive director level within the firm. He also shares that outside of public accounting, he would enjoy a senior management position, such as CFO, for a major corporation or professional sports team.
Major: Marketing, with a Specialization in Professional Sales and Sales Management
The Fowler Scholars Program was established in 2018 with the first cohort of students recently graduating. Read more about their post-graduation careers here.
Class of 2022
Real Estate Acquisitions Intern at Pierce Education Properties
Assurance Associate at PwC