Scholarships and Awards

All applicants are automatically considered for scholarship awards out of our general scholarship fund upon submitting an online application. These scholarships can range from $5,000 per year to full tuition. The average scholarship award for recent recipients was approximately half of tuition.

Selection criteria for scholarships are the same criteria considered in the admissions decision. They include academic, professional and personal achievements and potential for excellence in a management career as demonstrated by length and quality of post-baccalaureate work experience, GPA, GMAT/GRE scores and the admissions interview.

Dean’s Scholars

Each year the Dean of the Owen Graduate School of Management offers the Dean’s Scholar award to a small number of individuals in the entering class. The Dean’s Scholars are selected based on their vast experiences, personal attributes and commitment to excellence that will drive them to effectively lead, serve and implement positive change in the Vanderbilt Owen community. Dean’s Scholars are expected to strengthen the value of the program and inspire their classmates to excel. 

There is not a separate application process; the Admissions Committee will nominate applicants based on the application for admission to the MBA program. Dean’s Scholars are admitted applicants with outstanding academic credentials, significant post-baccalaureate experience, well-defined career goals, excellent communication and interpersonal skills and strong leadership potential.

During the school year, Dean’s Scholars are invited to special programming and regularly scheduled sessions with senior management. While it is an honor to be a recipient of the Dean’s Scholar award, it is also a commitment; Dean’s Scholars are expected to participate in activities not open to the general student body and to work with the administration to improve the school community.

Dean’s Scholars receive these unparalleled opportunities:

  • Leave a legacy serving as a sounding board for the Dean on strategic initiatives

  • Receive unmatched access to key alumni, board members, corporate visitors and speakers during special events

  • Enjoy special programming, including retreats and dinners with fellow Dean’s Scholars, the Dean, faculty and administration

  • Receive paid travel with the Dean or administration on key recruiting or admissions visits, or partial sponsorship of an international trip

  • And much more!

Ingram Scholar Award

The Ingram Scholar distinction is one of the most prominent awards at Owen. These outstanding MBA candidates are among a select group of individuals with exceptional academic ability, substantial professional experience, excellent personal qualities and strong leadership potential.

Ingram Scholars are invited to our annual Dean's Scholar Weekend to meet other prominent named scholar award winners. During the weekend, candidates have the opportunity to interact extensively with the Dean, faculty, alumni and other members of the Owen community.

The business world knew E. Bronson Ingram as founder and head of Ingram Industries, Inc., one of the largest and most successful privately held companies in the United States.  The community knew him as a dedicated leader and generous philanthropist.  Vanderbilt University, Vanderbilt Medical Center and the Vanderbilt Cancer Center knew him as a great friend.  Mr. Ingram joined the University Board of Trust in 1967 and served as its president from 1991 until his death from cancer in 1995. During that time, he also chaired The Campaign for Vanderbilt, which raised $560 million for the university, including a donation from Mr. Ingram earmarked for cancer research at Vanderbilt.

Diversity and Named Scholarships

In addition to general scholarships, incoming students may be selected for diversity scholarships and/or named scholarships and awards.The Admissions Committee nominates or selects outstanding incoming students for the awards listed below. Only the “Diversity Scholarship—Women” and the “Diversity Scholarship—Underrepresented Minorities” require a candidate to submit an essay. Priority consideration is given to applicants who apply by our January application deadline.

Diversity Scholarship—Underrepresented Minorities

These scholarships are awarded based on the degree to which an individual demonstrates how he or she has supported the academic, personal or professional advancement of underrepresented minorities (individuals who are citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. and are of African American, American Indian, Hispanic American or Pacific Island American descent). To be considered, you must submit an essay (no more than 250 words) describing the most relevant experiences that qualify you for this award. The essay may be submitted along with the other essays in the online application. These scholarships range from $20,000 to full tuition.

Diversity Scholarship—Women

Forte Fellow Program for Women (www.fortefoundation.org) : We offer Forte Fellow Scholarships ranging from $10,000 to full tuition. Nominees are chosen based on the following criteria:

·Candidates should exhibit exemplary leadership in one or more ways: academic leadership, team leadership, community leadership and creative leadership.

·Candidates should demonstrate a commitment to women and girls via personal mentorship or community involvement. Such commitment is in alignment with the mission of the Forte Foundation.

·Nominees will represent diverse educational and work backgrounds, career goals, ethnicities and citizenship.

To be considered for a Forte Fellow Scholarship, please submit an essay describing the most relevant experiences that qualify you for this award. Priority consideration will be given to applicants who apply by the January application deadline.

Diversity Scholarship—European Citizenship

These scholarships are awarded to citizens of European countries based on the degree to which the individual demonstrates how he or she can enhance the learning experience of other students in the Vanderbilt MBA program.

Diversity Scholarship—Latin American Citizenship

These scholarships are awarded to citizens of Latin American countries based on the degree to which the individual demonstrates how he or she can enhance the learning experience of other students in the Vanderbilt MBA program.

Diversity Scholarship—Indian Citizenship

These scholarships are awarded to citizens of India based on the degree to which the individual demonstrates how he or she can enhance the learning experience of other students in the Vanderbilt MBA program.

Diversity Scholarship—Chinese Citizenship

These scholarships are awarded to citizens of China based on the degree to which the individual demonstrates how he or she can enhance the learning experience of other students in the Vanderbilt MBA program.

Diversity Scholarship—African Citizenship

These scholarships are awarded to citizens of countries in Africa based on the degree to which the individual demonstrates how he or she can enhance the learning experience of other students in the Vanderbilt MBA program.

Foundation for African Leadership in Business Fellowship

We will provide one full-tuition scholarship through the Foundation for African Leadership in Business (ALB). ALB aims to change the landscape of international MBA programs by creating opportunities for African students to undertake the MBA, become leaders on the continent, and foster relationships worldwide. This fellowship is for African applicants who intend to invest their time and resources in socially responsible initiatives after graduation. Read more and apply.

Named Scholarship Awards:

Accelerator Alumni Scholarships

We offer up to two $8,000 scholarships to be awarded to graduates of Owen’s Accelerator program.

Vanderbilt Owen Health Care Scholarships

We offer up to two $20,000 scholarships to be awarded to students who will pursue the Health Care MBA at Owen.

Amy Jorgensen Scholarship

Endowed by the Founder’s Medalist from the Class of 1977, this scholarship is awarded to a woman with outstanding academic credentials.

Anderson Family Scholarship

This scholarship, established in 2000, honors the longtime support of the Anderson family and their affiliation with the Owen Graduate School of Management.

The Commodore Award

This award pays half to full tuition to graduates of Vanderbilt University who return to pursue their MBA at Owen

Douglas W. Binns Memorial Scholar

This scholarship is awarded to an outstanding marketing student.

Edna B. Morris and John A. Morris Scholarships

These endowed scholarships honor early leaders in the investment industry and recognize individuals for academic excellence.

James R. Gordon Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to a student studying electronic commerce.

J. C. Bradford Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to an outstanding first-year student.

Martin S. Geisel Scholarship

This scholarship, established in 2000 in memory of former Dean Marty Geisel, is awarded to a student from Latin America.

Oehmig Scholarship

Funded by Owen alumnus Billy Oehmig, this award is given to a student who has demonstrated an outstanding work ethic and an interest in entrepreneurial ventures.

Ralph Owen Jr. Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 1996 through the Owen bequest in memory of the son of Ralph and Lulu Owen.

Melinda Owen Bass Scholarship

This award, also established in 1996, honors the daughter of Ralph and Lulu Owen.

Tse-Liang Soong Scholarship

This scholarship was established in honor of a Vanderbilt undergraduate, Class of 1921, and is awarded to an outstanding student studying international finance.

Victor and Gayle Mavar Scholarship

Established in 2004 by Victor and Gayle Mavar and Geoffrey Mavar (MBA 1990) to enhance the special support given to students with learning disabilities.

Webb Follin Scholarship

This scholarship, established in 2004, was made possible by Rush Stuart Dickson III (MBA 1978) to honor the contributions made by Webb Follin as one of the early community supporters of the Owen School. Follin worked at Corroon and Black as an insurance broker and gave his time as an adjunct professor at Owen.

Wigginton Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship was established in memory of Matt Wigginton, one of the founders of the Owen Graduate School of Management, and is awarded to a top finance student.

Wilbert E. Chope Memorial Scholarship

The widow and son of Bert Chope, an alumnus of the School of Engineering and founder of Industrial Nucleonics, endowed this scholarship. The scholarship is awarded to an outstanding first-year student with an engineering background.

William Walker Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to an outstanding first-year student with an interest in entrepreneurship.

In addition, there are several student awards presented at Commencement.


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