Dean's Scholars Award Program

Full-tuition scholarship and the opportunity to interview for a $15,000 yearly stipend

Dean's Scholars Award Program Details

The Dean’s Scholars Award Program is the flagship scholarship program at Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management. Selected annually from the incoming MBA class, Dean’s Scholars receive a full-tuition scholarship. One Dean's Scholar is selected from each year’s cohort as the Dean’s Scholar Award Winner and receives an additional $15,000 yearly stipend.

Applicants to the Vanderbilt MBA program who apply during Round 1 or Round 2 will be automatically considered for the Dean’s Scholars Award Program. Strong candidates for the program will exhibit outstanding academic credentials, notable professional accomplishments, well-defined career goals, excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and strong leadership skills. They will also display a commitment to the Vanderbilt Business mission and core values.

Selected Dean’s Scholars Award recipients will be invited to attend Scholars Day, where they will participate in a series of interviews and events on Vanderbilt’s campus. The Dean’s Scholars Award Advisory and Selection Committee will select the Dean’s Scholar Award Winner. In order to be considered for the Dean’s Scholar Award, candidates must submit a short essay and attend Scholars Day. The winner will be notified by the Dean after Scholars’ Day.

While at Owen, Dean’s Scholars are positioned to truly thrive individually, and as a cohort, and to reach their full potential – academically, extracurricularly, professionally, and personally.  They will participate in thoughtfully-designed and enriching programming throughout the academic year, specifically intended to create uniquely tailored experiences that are defining to our Scholars and will leave a lasting impact on your classmates and the institution at large. 

Scholars will have high-level interactions with Dean Johnson and other senior leadership as a cornerstone of the Program, as well as an array of exclusive social events and community-building activities.  Sample programming includes:

  • Dean’s Scholars Welcome Dinner with Dean Johnson
  • Lunch with the Owen Alumni Board
  • Session with Associate Dean for MBA Recruiting and Admissions Strategy
  • Individualized Coaching from Owen Executives-in-Residence
  • Dean’s Scholars Think Tank Strategic Sessions