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Owen Welcomes New Class of Dean’s Scholars

Oct 1, 2020
Six members from the MBA Class of 2022 have been named recipients of the flagship program

By Kara Sherrer

With the advent of the fall semester, the Owen Graduate School of Management welcomed a new class of Dean’s Scholars. Six members of the MBA Class of 2022 — Mario Arjona, Caitlin Chin, Keith Jones, Hunter Parden, Samantha Sanders, and Keaton Sloan — were named recipients of the flagship scholarship program.

They join the MBA Class of 2021 Dean’s Scholars: Rene Casali, Daniel Cortez, Whitney Meyer, Aaj Solanki, David Spanos, Kaitlyn Wilson, and Rachel Wozniak.

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.

“The Dean’s Scholars program is the Vanderbilt Business School’s preeminent scholarship program. The interaction and group comradery make it special,” said Ralph Owen Dean M. Eric Johnson.

In addition to receiving award money, the Scholars participate in exclusive programming throughout the year. “The Dean’s Scholars Program got off to a great start this year with relaxed, small-group discussions with Dean Eric Johnson and our Scholars. We have several upcoming projects, initiatives, and events planned for the upcoming 2020-2021 academic year, centered on building a close-knit community of Scholars at Owen,” said Todd Rothman, Director of the Student Programs Office, which manages the scholarship program.

“For example, we are starting a new signature initiative this year — Dean’s Scholars Think Tanks — through which our Scholars will think through and analyze several ongoing initiatives of the Office of the Dean and, ultimately, present their findings,” he continued. “We are also hoping to host a Meet the New Faculty Discussion Series, focused on intellectual enrichment rather than an extension of traditional classroom instruction, with professors who are new to the Owen community.”

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.

“Having the Dean’s Scholars program provides top candidates with not only a substantial scholarship award but the opportunity to engage with senior leadership and alumni,” said Bailey McChesney, Senior Associate Director of MBA Admissions. “Through this award, candidates obtain benefits beyond scholarship and because of that we are able to attract some remarkable candidates to our program. I was incredibly impressed with the talent that we found through this program last year, and I am really excited about the candidates we will see this year.”

Learn more about the Dean’s Scholars Program on the scholarship program page.

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