Michigan Ross MBA Selected as a 2019 McGowan Fellow


The University of Michigan Ross School of Business is pleased to announce that Full-Time MBA student Vishal Chandawarkar, MBA ’20/ BBA ’13, has received the prestigious McGowan Fellowship for 2019-2020. 

This elite program is sponsored by the William G. McGowan Charitable Fund, a philanthropic family foundation established to honor the late William G. McGowan, former CEO of MCI. Only 10 students across the country are selected to receive the fellowship each year.

At Michigan Ross, Chandawarkar has spent his time unlocking technology to create opportunity for others. During his first year as an MBA, he founded the Michigan Code Academy, a Ross club that offers fellow students extracurricular technical learning opportunities. He also served as a Product Management Fellow working on the redesign of Michigan Online, a resource that provides free lifelong learning to students and alumni. 

In addition, Chandawarkar was an MBA product strategy consultant and developed a go-to-market strategy for a Peru-based startup serving Latin American women in tech. This past summer, he worked at LinkedIn on the Consumer Growth team where he focused on improving the experience for infrequent members.

Before coming to Ross, Chandawarkar worked in brand management at Campari, overseeing its U.S. tequila and gin portfolio. He also worked at an ad agency, MullenLowe, where he led award-winning national campaigns for JetBlue and founded a coworking space to provide mentorship for local emerging ad-tech startups. 

The McGowan Fellows program recognizes student leaders who are dedicated to improving society. Established in 2010, the program consists of second-year MBA students who are in the top five percent of their class. They will receive free tuition scholarships, mentoring opportunities, and experiential leadership training. The fund partners with 10 top-tier university business programs, and each school selects one fellow annually. See the full list of scholars chosen from each school here.


About Michigan Ross

The Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan is a vibrant and distinctive learning community grounded in the principle that business can be an extraordinary vehicle for positive change in today's dynamic global economy. The Ross School of Business' mission is to develop leaders who make a positive difference in the world. Through thought and action, members of the Ross community drive change and innovation that improves business and society.

Ross is consistently ranked among the world's leading business schools. Academic degree programs include the BBA, MBA, Part-time MBA (Evening, Online, and Weekend formats), Executive MBA, Global MBA, Master of Accounting, Master of Supply Chain Management, Master of Management, and PhD. In addition, the school delivers open-enrollment and custom executive education programs targeting general management, leadership development, and strategic human resource management.