McGowan Scholar in Business Announced

Friday, April 18, 2008

Business graduate student Christopher Lynch will be The University of Tulsa’s 2008–2009 McGowan Scholar, a national recognition that provides funding for one year of tuition up to $18,000.

Lynch will use the McGowan award to finish his master’s degree in finance with an emphasis in risk management. He is expected to graduate from TU in fall 2009.

A native of Brunswick, Maine, Lynch received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Mississippi State University with majors in professional golf management and banking and finance. He finished two levels of PGA certification and worked at golf clubs in Ohio, Virginia and at Mohawk Park in Tulsa.

After beginning his graduate studies at TU, Lynch found risk management studies were a good fit with his knack for finance and interest in stock markets.

"Because of current market conditions, risk management is an increasingly popular field of study," Lynch said. "More emphasis and research is needed in this area and my long-term goal is to bring what I learn from my professional experience back into the classroom as a professor some day."

In addition to taking graduate courses, Lynch currently serves as an intern at Hilti in the construction tool company’s business reporting group. He is a member of Friends of Finance and enjoys golf, bicycling and international travel. He would like to live and work abroad one day and is considering the TU College of Business Administration’s study abroad program at the University of Zurich’s Swiss Banking Institute.

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 five 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.