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Nov. 27: Entrepreneur at Tepper School of Business Named William G. McGowan Scholar


Geof Becker                           

Entrepreneur at Tepper School of Business
Named William G. McGowan Scholar

PITTSBURGH — Matthew J. Hawryluk, a second-year MBA student at the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University, was named the William G. McGowan Scholar for the 2007-2008 academic year.  Hawryluk, who also holds a doctorate in cell biology and biochemistry, is focusing his MBA training on entrepreneurship, particularly in the area of life sciences. As a McGowan Scholar, Hawryluk will receive an $18,000 credit for tuition.

The scholarship, provided by the William G. McGowan Charitable Fund, is named after William G. McGowan, who organized MCI Communications Corp. in 1968, and helped to create a competitive telecommunications market. McGowan Scholars are selected based on student essays, faculty recommendations, academic performance, involvement in campus and community activities, leadership abilities and character.

At the Tepper School, Hawryluk worked on a number of projects that revealed his leadership, networking and teambuilding skills. He helped revise the Biotech Track curriculum to make it more relevant to students with science backgrounds.  He also created a program in the school's Entrepreneurship & Venture Capital Club, in which students can apprentice with venture capital firms in learning how to conduct due diligence on potential investments, modeling it after his own volunteer experience. Hawryluk also helped found a medical device company and continues to serve as its chief technical officer.

"Like Mr. McGowan, I aspire to be an entrepreneur who makes investments and works to bring new technologies to fruition, and hope that my efforts make a positive impact on society in the healthcare sector," Hawryluk said.  "Mr. McGowan's contributions to revolutionize the telecommunications field provided a model for business that continues to impact other fields.  I hope to carry his model forward in the healthcare industry and perpetuate Mr. McGowan's legacy."

The William G. McGowan Scholars Program is among many opportunities for Tepper School students to obtain financial assistance for their education. Overall, about 78 percent of Tepper MBA students receive some form of financial aid.