Fowler Scholars

Research & Engagement

  SSE-3356 |    619-594-5259  |   [email protected]
  Monday-Friday:   8:00am – 4:30pm


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 2024

Rhys Aiem

Rhys Aiem

Major: General Business

 

 

 

 

 

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 Gaby Mabey

   Major: Marketing

 

 

 

 

 

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

Karl Hedberg

Major: Management

 

 

 

 

 

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

Zachary Lafer

Major: General Business


 

 

 

 

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.”

Class of 2023

Natalie Soriano

Natalie Soriano

Major: Accounting

 

 

 

 

 

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 Gesuri Canizales

Azareel Gesuri Canizales

Major: Marketing


 

 

 

 

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 Burcin

Brady Burcin

Major: Finance

 

 

 

 

 

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 Nguyen

Khai Nguyen

Major: General Business


 

 

 

 

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."

Class of 2022

Davis Boring

Davis Boring

Major: Finance


 

 

 

 

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.

Lando Delgadillo

Landon Delgadillo

Major: Accounting


 

 

 

 

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 Magers

Rachel Magers

Major: Management


 

 

 

 

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 Goh

Faith Goh

Major: Accounting


 

 

 

 

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.

  

Contacts

 

Peter Shaw

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.

 

Sheona Som headshot

Sheona Som

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

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

 

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