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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
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.
Meet the Fowler Scholars
Class of 2025
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 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.”
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.”
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
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.”
Major: Marketing, with a Specialization in Professional Selling and Sales Management
Class of 2023
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
Major: Management with a Specialization in Human Resource Management
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.
Class of 2022
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.
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.
Major: Information Systems
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.
In addition to the Fowler Scholars Program, the Shaws support an endowed Fowler College of Business Student Scholarship and SDSU’s Athletic Department Programs.