The Impact of Giving

Philanthropic Awards Recognize Student Excellence

Jose Macedo MBA 16 is a second-year Full-Time MBA student who earned his undergraduate degree in biomedical engineering from UC Davis in 2013. He returned to campus and the Graduate School of Management to pursue his entrepreneurial interest in biotech. “My passion is in medical devices and bringing new technologies to industry,” he said. After graduating in June, Macedo has an offer to join Keysight Technologies, a global leader in electronic test and measurement equipment innovation.

As an MBA student, Macedo received the Dolan Family Management Education Award. Established by Eamonn and Kathleen Dolan, the award supports Full-Time MBA students who have overcome significant financial hardships or other obstacles.

Macedo isn’t alone: 89% of incoming MBA students receive scholarships or fellowships. This support carries through to the students’ approach to their classes, fostering a strong sense of teamwork and cooperation.

“The main impact that it has on me is really that vote of confidence that the Dolan family has in terms of investing in me, investing in my education and casting a vote in knowing that I’d be successful.”


Stand Out Students

Friends and alumni have established many funds for our students who excel both inside and outside the classroom and show great potential.


ENDOWED FELLOWSHIPS

William F. and Jean M. Allewelt Award for Management Students
Established by William and Jean Allewelt, this scholarship is one of the School’s first endowed awards and supports a Full-Time MBA student in good academic standing (est. 1998).

  • 2015-16 Recipient: Robin Greenspan (Full-Time MBA)

Brad Atwood Scholarship
Established by Virginia and Greg Kelsch to honor the pivotal role that Brad Atwood, former vice chancellor at UC Irvine, played in recognizing Virginia’s career potential. This scholarship supports an MBA student who plans to pursue a career or who has an interest in not-for-profit organizations and management (est. 1993).

  • 2015-16 Recipient: Nikesh Pahuja (Full-Time MBA)

California Wine Industry Management Education Award
Established to honor the strong partnership the California wine industry has with Professor Emeritus Robert Smiley, this fellowship supports an outstanding MBA student who is interested in becoming a wine industry professional (est. 1998).

  • 2015-16 Recipient: Albert Vontz (Full-Time MBA/Joint J.D.)

James R. and Georgia K. Corbett Fellowship for Student Entrepreneurs
Established by James and Georgia Corbett, passionate mentors and long-time supporters of the School, this fellowship supports an outstanding MBA student who is judged to have motivation, potential and passion for succeeding in the entrepreneurial world (est. 2000).

  • 2015-16 Recipient: Raymundo Beristain-Barajas (Full-Time MBA), Marketing Manager, Intel Corporation

Dolan Family Management Education Award, with Matching Support from the UC Davis Foundation
Established by Eamonn and Kathleen Dolan, this award combined with matching support from the UC Davis Foundation supports Full-Time MBA students who have overcome significant financial hardships or other obstacles (est. 2013).

  • 2015-16 Recipient: Veronica Rocha (Bay Area MBA)

Richard and Joy Dorf Graduate Award, with Matching Support from the UC Davis Foundation
Established by Professor Emeritus Dick Dorf and his wife, Joy, this award combined with matching support from the UC Davis Foundation assists in recruiting outstanding students for the Full-Time MBA program (est. 2013).

  • Will not be awarded until 2016/17

Michael Fitzsimons Wine Industry Graduate Award
Established by Michael-David Winery Family Foundation and the Phillips families in honor of longtime friend and mentor Michael Fitzsimons, this award supports the recruitment of an MBA student planning to pursue a career in the wine industry (est. 2013).

  • 2015-16 Recipient: Andrew Stroud

Michael Fitzsimons Wine Executive Student Award
Established by Michael-David Winery Family Foundation and the Phillips families in honor of long-time friend and mentor Michael Fitzsimons. This award supports a Viticulture and Enology student to attend the UC Davis Wine Executive Program to gain additional industry business expertise (est. 2013).

  • 2015-16 Recipient: Jeri Hoover, Viticulture & Enology

Robert and Miriam Glock Graduate Award
Established by Miriam Glock to support the recruitment and retention of Full-Time MBA students who pursue their studies and careers in finance, and who have exhibited financial need. The finance field was selected to honor Miriam Glock’s late husband, Robert Glock, and his successful career in finance (est. 2013).

  • 2015-16 Recipient: Jason Liu (Full-Time MBA), Financial Leadership Program, AT&T

Stephen G. and Shelley A. Newberry Distinguished Fellowship
Recognizes an MBA student who has the potential to be a successful team leader in business. The recipient may not be of the highest academic ranking, but demonstrates great potential for leadership (est. 2008).

205-16 Recipients:

  • Hilary Bekmann (Full-Time MBA), Summer Intern, Fenix International
  • Jim Terheyden (Full-Time MBA), Analytic Consultant, Wells Fargo Wealth Management

Kenneth E. and Joanne M. Nitzberg Scholarship
In appreciation for what UC Davis has meant to them, Ken and Joanne Nitzberg made this gift especially to benefit re-entry women students in the MBA program. The two-year endowed fellowship honors Ken’s mother who returned to finish her college education after raising her family (est. 1998).

  • 2015-16 Recipient: Zhe Grace Guo (Full-Time MBA), Summer Intern, AT&T

NON-ENDOWED FELLOWSHIPS

The Nilisha S. Agrawal Award
Established by alumna Nilisha Agrawal MBA 08, this award supports a Master of Professional Accountancy (MPAc) student in good academic standing, whose life experiences have provided them with an international perspective on management issues, and plans to pursue a career in accounting and/or finance (est. 2010).

  • 2015-16 Recipient: Xiaonan “Suki” Sun (MPAc student), KPMG

Founders Fund
Established by Professor Paul A. Griffin and his wife, Eva, this fellowship supports a Master of Professional Accountancy student (est. 2014). Additional generous gifts have been donated by CohnReznick LLP and Ray Loyd.

  • 2015-16 Recipient: Dylan Lee (MPAc student), Assurance Associate, PricewatershouseCoopers

Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence – Master of Professional Accountancy 
Awarded to the Master of Professional Accountancy student(s) with the highest grade point average in their graduating class.

2014-15 Recipients

  • Hongyuan (Echo) Guo
  • Ian Lawson, Tax Associate, Apercen Partners

$5K and Change (Morlee Griswold Fellowship)
Established by alumna Morlee Griswold MBA 85, this fellowship supports a Full-Time MBA student who plans to pursue a career in social justice, social responsibility or environmental management (est. 2012).

  • 2015-16 Recipient: Nassrin Bakhshi (Full-Time MBA)

Jerome J. and Helen S. Suran Fellowship
Established by Senior Lecturer Emeritus Jerry Suran and his wife, Helen, these fellowships recognize and support students in good academic standing across the School’s three MBA programs (est. 1999).

2015-16 Recipients:

  • Zalak Trivedi (Full-Time MBA), Summer Intern, Baaz Global
  • Bianca Sievers (Sacramento MBA)
  • Dina Margeirsdottir (Bay Area MBA)

Richard C. Dorf Awards for Academic Excellence

Established by Richard Dorf in appreciation for all that the School has meant to him over the years, and in recognition of outstanding MBA graduates. Three awards are presented at commencement to MBA students in each of the three programs in recognition of the highest GPA (est. 1999).

2015-16 Recipients:

  • Elizabeth Liu (Full-Time MBA)
  • James Takehara (Sacramento MBA)
  • Aaron Hammon (Bay Area MBA)

Robert H. Smiley Leadership Award
Established by the School in recognition of Robert H. Smiley’s leadership as dean of the Graduate School of Management from 1989 to 2003. Three awards are presented at commencement to MBA students in each of the three programs in recognition of outstanding leadership (est. 2003).

2015-2016 Recipients:

  • Megan Fall Cauley (Bay Area MBA)
  • Casey Field (Sacramento MBA)
  • Zalak Trivedi (Full-Time MBA)

James F. Sullivan Award for Outstanding Service
Established in James F. Sullivan’s honor upon his retirement as vice chancellor of business and finance at UC Davis. One award is presented at commencement to an MBA student in recognition of outstanding service (est. 1991).

  • Jose Macedo (Full-Time MBA)

GSM ALUMNI ASSOCIATION FELLOWSHIPS

A portion of each year’s Graduate School of Management Annual Fund donations are directed toward this fellowship program. One award is presented to a first-year MBA student in each of the three programs, and one award will also be presented to an MPAc student. The awards recognize those who are in good standing and who exemplify the core values of the GSM Alumni Association (est. 2004).

2015-16 Recipients:

  • Jose Macedo (Full-Time MB)
  • Anna Palmer (Sacramento MBA)
  • Lucinda Knudson (Bay Area MBA)
  • Ryan Devera (Master of Professional Accountancy)

CHILD FAMILY INSTITUTE FOR INNOVATION AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP FELLOWSHIPS

Harkins Entrepreneurship Academy Fellows Award
Established by alumnus Malcolm Harkins MBA 92 and his wife, Kim, this fellowship supports registrants to attend free of charge a academy at the Child Family Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (est. 2014).

  • 2015 Recipient: Boon-Ling Yeo, postdoctoral scholar at the UC Davis Energy Institute working on the Advanced Hardwood Biofuels Northwest (AHB) project

Keller Pathway Fellowships
Established by Barry and Lynda Keller, this fellowship provides long-term support to help recruit the brightest innovators –women, cross-disciplinary researchers, and other under-represented university entrepreneurs–to develop their business ideas through the UC Davis Child Family Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship programs (est. 2015).

Read about these 2015-16 Keller Fellows

  • Samantha Feng, UC Davis Biological & Ag Engineering
  • Rafael Braz Rebouças Lourenço, UC Davis Computer Science
  • Anna Sadovnikova, UC Davis School of Medicine
  • Ryan Taylor, UC Davis Department of Chemistry


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