TU's McGowan Scholar Announced

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

University of Tulsa MBA student Noah Zikmund will be the university’s 2007-08 McGowan Scholar, a recognition that provides the winning student’s funding for one year of graduate business school tuition up to $18,000.

Zikmund, a Tulsa native, was selected for his academic achievement, community involvement, leadership ability and excellence in character. In addition to attending MBA courses, Zikmund works at American Bank and Trust in various leadership roles including assistant vice president, commercial loan officer, marketing team leader and IT manager. He is a member of the Graduate Business Student Association, a founding member of Young Professionals of Tulsa, Junior Advisory Board Member for the Summit Club, Philbrook Museum Art after Five member and Gilcrease Museum member.

After graduating from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a bachelor’s in business information systems in 1999, he used his IT skills to help at-risk youth in the Boulder, Colo. area through Project YES, a non-profit after school center. He volunteered his time as a network administrator and wrote a winning proposal that provided funding for a complete computer lab with 15 computers, two printers and a scanner.

The William G. McGowan Scholars Program partners with select universities with an accredited business program to honor one business undergraduate or graduate student on an annual basis. TU has awarded four consecutive scholarships since 2004 with scholars coming from Venezuela, Kenya, China and the United States.

The McGowan Scholars program began in 1994 and is funded by the William G. McGowan Charitable Fund. The fund was established to commemorate the accomplishments of McGowan, who founded MCI Communications and led the company until his death in 1992. As a student, he built upon a working-class upbringing in Pennsylvania coal country, worked his way through an undergraduate degree at King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., and attended Harvard Business School, where his second year was funded by a Baker Scholarship. His experience led him to establish the McGowan Scholars Program.