The Fowler Scholars Program: An Investment in Positive Impact Through Ethical Leadership
The Fowler Scholars Program will be structured to educate and prepare a select group of 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. Students will be selected holistically on a variety of characteristics – academic ability, demonstrated leadership, ethical conduct, collaborative nature, etc. This is a leadership program – not an honors program. We want to take the complete student who has the potential to positively impact business and society due to their ethical grounding and well-rounded nature and develop their skills under the direction of top faculty and professional mentors so that their impact will be maximized and potential realized early.
About The Fowler Scholars Program
The Fowler Scholars Program is a unique co-curricular initiative within San Diego State University’s Fowler College of Business, designed to cultivate ethical leaders who will positively impact business and society. The Fowler College of Business proudly announced its inaugural class of Fowler Scholars for the fall 2018 semester.
Class of 2023
Natalie Soriano is a Freshman in SDSU's Fowler College of Business majoring in Finance. Soriano hopes to one day work with a company that will connect her with a diverse group of people. Soriano served as Flute Section Leader and Band Secretary in her high school's band. She was also a Link Crew leader, the Treasurer for the Westview chapter of the National Honors Society, and a frequent volunteer at the San Diego Food Bank. Soriano gathers inspiration from her parents because of how well they work together as a team. Here's what she looks forward to while being in the Fowler Scholars Program: "I'm excited because I will gain first-hand business experience and will be learning from and growing alongside a tight knit group of mentors and peers."
Azareel Gesuri Canizales
Azareel is a Freshman in SDSU’s Fowler College Of Business majoring in Marketing. He hopes to become an active leader on campus, and to achieve a meaningful career after SDSU. In high school, Azareel was an active member of the Barrio Logan College Institute, Light of The World Church, and 'Circulo De Hombres' where he created workshops for young men of color to become leaders. He was also the founder of Communities Converse Conference and the President of his school's M.E.Ch.A where he promoted cultural identity on campus. In Azareel's free time, he enjoys weight lifting and boxing. He is excited to have discussions with other peers, leaders in business, and the mentorship that will be offered. His biggest inspiration is his parents because they crossed hundreds of miles to get to this country from Mexico to offer him a better life. He wants to make their sacrifices worth something and wants to make them proud.
Brady is a Freshman in SDSU's Fowler College of Business majoring in Finance. His goals include working for or creating a company that makes a difference in the world, for his work to symbolize something greater than money, meet and learn from successful individuals, and grow as a leader himself. He was an active baseball player in high school and believes he's developed a great deal of his leadership skills from the sport. Brady is excited to be a part of the Fowler Scholars Program and is eager to become an example for future Fowler Scholars and Aztecs. When asked about his inspiration, Brady answered, "My mom fought and beat breast cancer and is a huge inspiration for me. She has taught me the importance of determination and perseverance and is a big reason why I have experienced the success that I have throughout my life."
Major: Business Administration
Khai is a Freshman 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 hopes to find a career that combines his passions for business, entrepreneurship, and ingenuity, with a sense of purpose and serving others. He hopes to be in the position to give back to my community and SDSU later in my professional life. Davis was a member of an award winning high school marching band as the Lead Drum Major and Clarinet Section Leader. He recently completed his second summer internship at San Diego Composites, an Aerospace Engineering Company. Davis was a volunteer at the Community Council for Music in the Schools, a not-for profit organization that collects and repairs donated instruments and issues over 2,000 instruments to students in the San Diego Unified School District. Davis gets inspiration from leaders that “dream big and do not let any obstacle seem unsurmountable.”
Landon describes himself as ‘driven’ and aspires to work for an international investment firm. He competed on the Helix Charter High School swim team and enjoys running in his free time. Landon shared that his late Mother is his biggest inspiration because “she taught me that true strength is from within and life is not always fair, but to try your best to enjoy every day” Landon is fluent in Spanish…and can solve a Rubik’s Cube!
Rachel is planning to get involved with Associated Student as early as her freshman year. One day Rachel hopes to own her own business. Rachel’s favorite things at SDSU are its supportive community and beautiful campus. Rachel’s Parents are the source of her greatest inspiration: “They're supportive and caring people who have worked hard for everything they have and I hope to carry on those qualities throughout my life.”
After graduation, Faith “hopes to have a positive impact on the community that has given her so much.” In high school Faith was involved in Music with Motion, a tutoring club that taught music to children at a local middle school. Faith also was student president of her high school. Faith is an accomplished musician who performed piano at state conventions, recitals, and competitions over the past 10 years. Faith gets great inspiration from her grandparents. They arrived as refugees in Malaysia with no possessions, and worked hard in plantations to earn money and build their own life in Singapore. They had no education, but managed to open their own clothing business and send both of their sons to study in England. They began with nothing, but ended with everything, and their story makes me realize that perseverance can lead to great things.
Contributions & Endowments
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.
Sheona Som '08