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Chicago’s McGowan Charitable Fund Announces 7th Class of Fellows

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Since 2010, the William G. McGowan Charitable Fund has been naming 10 outstanding second-year MBA students as members of its annual class of McGowan Fellows. The fund was created and named in honor of William G. McGowan, an American business leader and founder of MCI Communications, following his passing in 1992.

The selected fellows join a prestigious group of alumni from some of the best business schools around the United States. One fellow is chosen annually from each of 10 partner business schools. Each receives full tuition for the second year of his or her MBA studies. 

McGowan Fellows Class of 2017
Muhammad Ali Akhtar, Michigan’s Ross School of Business
Tom Allin, Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business
David Dierker, CMU’s Tepper School of Business
Samantha Allyn Fahrbach, MIT Sloan School of Management
Jonathan Chun-Hung Fung, University of Chicago Booth School of Business
David Anthony Gross, Duke’s Fuqua School of Business
Emily Lampert, The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania
H. Kay Merriman, Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management
Alfredo J. Rivera Rios, Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business
Evan Zehnal, Columbia Business School

Over the course of the next year, these 10 students will work together on a “social impact project in which they’ll tackle a challenge around preventative medical care,” according to a statement from the William G. McGowan Charitable Fund. The project was created in an effort to further develop and guide these ten students to become outstanding ethical business leaders.

The 10 new fellows will be joined by program alumni and the fund’s Board of Directors during the 7th Annual McGowan Symposium on Business Leadership & Ethics, which will take place at the Wharton School in Philadelphia from November 10th through 12th.

For more information on the William G. McGowan Charitable Fund, visit

*Pictured above are some members of the McGowan Fellows Class of 2016;
photo courtesy of the William G. MGowan Charitable Fund

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