CSU, Chico News

Business Administration Student From Oroville Named McGowan Scholar

Date: 05-19-2009

Joe Wills
Public Affairs
Dee Hoffman Wills
College of Business

Shawn Wilson of Oroville, a business administration major at California State University, Chico, will receive a full tuition scholarship from the William G. McGowan Charitable Fund for the 2009-2010 academic year.

The William G. McGowan award, available to students enrolled in accredited business schools throughout the United States, honors applicants who achieve academic excellence, demonstrate leadership skills, display excellence of character and are committed to the community through service activities. The McGowan Scholars Program provides a full-tuition scholarship to one student annually from each school selected to participate in the program.

Established in honor of William G. McGowan, the telecommunication pioneer who developed the MCI Communications Corporation, the William G. McGowan Charitable Fund Inc. is located in Washington, D.C. The McGowan Scholars Program provides financial assistance to outstanding students who are continuing their education in the field of business and is designed to encourage leadership ability, interpersonal skills and a significant involvement in academic, campus and community activities.

Wilson, who is pursuing a degree in Business Administration with an option in both Finance and Accounting, possesses an outstanding academic record and was highly recommended by the College of Business faculty. A full-time student from Oroville, he is the president and co-founder of the Investors Club at CSU, Chico, a member of the Delta Sigma Pi business fraternity, and is active in community service. In April 2009, Wilson’s leadership potential led to his participation in the college’s inaugural two-day Values-Based Leadership Boot Camp. He was one of just 14 students invited to participate in that program.

“The McGowan Scholars Program allows us to honor our most successful students and to provide them with the resources they need to become tomorrow’s business leaders,” said Willie Hopkins, dean of the College of Business. “Mr. Wilson is a fine student with outstanding leadership potential. He is certainly deserving of this prestigious award.”

Fully accredited since 1972 by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, the CSU, Chico College of Business provides instructional programs that are characterized by excellence in IT instruction, experiential learning, and leadership development opportunities for students.