Nonprofit Sponsorship

Valued at approximately $95,000 toward the full 21-month Vanderbilt Executive MBA program, the sponsorship is awarded annually to one nonprofit executive. Executives and senior staff members of any qualified 501(c)3 organization who have demonstrated commitment to serving in the nonprofit sector are eligible to apply; the recipient is announced by April 30 each year.

The Nonprofit Sponsorship is not available to Americas MBA for Executives students.

Meet the past award winners:

Meagan Flippin

Meagan Flippin, the 2015 award recipient, is a member of the Vanderbilt Executive MBA Class of 2017.  Flippin is the President and CEO of United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties, which has a focus on key local issues within education, financial stability and health. After working there as a marketing director, Flippin earned the opportunity to serve the organization in a key leadership role. “I am passionate about transformative, mission-driven work that is rooted in community,” Flippin says. “This is an excellent opportunity to hone my business skills in an academic setting and then apply them to make more informed business decisions to make our business practices more sound.”

Abby Shue

Abby Shue, the 2014 award recipient, is a member of the Vanderbilt Executive MBA Class of 2015. Shue is the VP of the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts in Louisville, an arts organization that hosts over 1,000 events per year. The 30-year-old performing arts center, “needs to focus on overall effectiveness and efficiency,” says Shue. “I can’t imagine a better way to hone my managerial skills and learn to tackle complex business issues than in an Executive MBA program like Vanderbilt’s.” With her scholarship, Shue can aid the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts showcase artistic experts, and also continue to inspire Kentucky’s future creative artists. Shue is the first non-Middle Tennessee award recipient in the sponsorship’s 8-year history."


Stephanie Barger, the 2013 award recipient, is a member of the Vanderbilt Executive MBA Class of 2015.  Barger is the Vice President of Strategy and Operations at Monroe Harding, a 120-year-old Nashville institution that provides care and support for children in state custody. With more than 10 years of nonprofit experience working to help those in need, Barger says "I believe that it will be essential for nonprofits to find innovative business models to support their services as they attempt to meet this growing need. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to learn the business expertise that will equip me to lead nonprofits to more financially sustainable services."

Karin Weaver_214x153Karin Weaver, the 2012 award recipient, is a member of the Vanderbilt Executive MBA Class of 2014. Weaver is the National Director of Bright Spaces, a Bright Horizons Foundation for Children program that creates playroom spaces in homeless shelters. With nearly 20 years of nonprofit experience, Weaver says "The scholarship could not have come at a more perfect time and will allow me to develop the analytical skills I need in order to help guide our growth."
2011 CNM Recipient, Juli Chupp

Julie Chupp, the 2011 award recipient, is a member of the Vanderbilt Executive MBA Class of 2013. Chupp is the director of site development for Dispensary of Hope, a Nashville-based non-profit that provides medications to those in need. A summa cum laude graduate of Vanderbilt University, Chupp says "I'm truly honored and thrilled for the opportunity to transform this rich academic experience into strategies that can better serve our community."


Anderson Williams, the 2010 award recipient, is a member of the Vanderbilt Executive MBA Class of 2012. Williams, formerly director of consulting for the Oasis Center, said of the sponsorship: "I want to help bridge business and nonprofits to build a more viable social sector and I believe the Vanderbilt Executive MBA program will help me develop the tools to do just that." Williams is now helping to develop and launch Zeumo—an education technology platform that will help students connect and communicate better with their school and community.

beth torres

Beth Torres, the 2009 award recipient, is a member of the Vanderbilt Executive MBA Class of 2011. Torres, formerly the vice president of events and funding development for Junior Achievement of Middle Tennessee, had this to say about the sponsorship: "The sponsorship that Owen and the Center for Nonprofit Management provide is an unbelievable gift." Since graduating from the program, Torres has taken the role of President & CEO of Make a Wish of Middle Tennessee.

Mark McCaw

Mark McCaw, the 2008 award recipient, is a member of the Vanderbilt Executive MBA Class of 2010. He is program administrator of Siloam Family Health Center. McCaw said the MBA training "helped provide the business acumen to handle the challenge of dealing with an increasing number of refugee patients." He also enjoyed the opportunity to network with corporate health care executives through the Owen School. "It's a tremendous opportunity for dialogue," he said.

Michael McSurdy

Michael McSurdy, the 2007 award recipient, is a member of the Vanderbilt Executive MBA Class of 2009. McSurdy is President and CEO of Family and Children's Service, which has been providing counseling and child well-being services across the state of Tennessee since 1943.

Robyn Minton

The first recipient of the sponsorship in 2006 was Robyn Minton, former director of the YWCA's Domestic Violence Services program. She was a member of the Vanderbilt Executive MBA Class of 2008. She is currently Vice President of Operations at the Center for Workforce Innovations.

All the candidates for the sponsorship met the rigorous standards set for students admitted to Vanderbilt's Executive MBA program. Before applying for the tuition sponsorship, the candidates took the GMAT, provided transcripts and went through the application and interview process.

Those admitted to the Executive MBA program were then considered for the tuition sponsorship by a selection committee. Recipients only pay approximately $12,000 in Executive MBA fees over the two years to cover direct costs of books, a residency each year and Executive MBA meals and Executive Lounge amenities.