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Revamped Dean’s Scholars Program to Launch in Fall 2020

Dec 2, 2019
The program provides full tuition scholarships, mentoring, and networking opportunities with alumni and corporate visitors

By Nathaniel Luce

Vanderbilt Business has redesigned the Dean’s Scholars Award Program, the flagship scholarship program at the Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management. Selected annually from the incoming MBA class, Dean’s Scholars will each receive a full-tuition scholarship. One Dean’s Scholar will also be selected from each year’s cohort to become the Dean’s Scholar Award Winner and receive an additional $15,000 yearly stipend.

In addition to the full-tuition scholarship, Dean’s Scholars enjoy exclusive networking engagements with the Dean and receive unmatched access to key alumni and corporate visitors. They also commit to working with the administration and other students on strategic initiatives that enhance the Vanderbilt Business experience.

“Over the years, our Dean’s Scholars have made substantial and positive impacts at school and in the business world,” said M. Eric Johnson, Ralph Owen Dean and Bruce D. Henderson Professor of Strategy. “I believe this redesign will magnify those impacts and provide exceptional opportunities for the next generation of scholars.”

The inaugural award will be extended to MBA students enrolling Fall 2020. Applicants to the Vanderbilt MBA program who apply during Round 1 or Round 2 will be automatically considered for the new 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.

“Attracting top talent starts with intentional and impactful scholarships,” says Sue Oldham, Associate Dean, MBA Operations. “Our Dean’s Scholar program is a bold statement that affordability and recognition of merit is at the forefront of our recruiting approach.”

Selected Dean’s Scholars Award recipients will be invited to attend Scholars Day. During Scholars Day, Dean’s Scholars will participate in a series of interviews and events. The Dean’s Scholars Award Advisory and Selection Committee will select the Dean’s Scholar Award Winner and name the rest of the cohort Dean’s Scholars.

In order to be considered as the Dean’s Scholar Award Winner and receive the $15,000 yearly stipend, candidates must submit a short essay and attend Scholars Day on Vanderbilt’s campus in the spring.

For more information about the Dean’s Scholars program, visit the scholarships page.

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