Crownover Scholars Program

The Jones Graduate School of Business offers a scholarship named in honor of former Rice University Board of Trustees Chair James Crownover '65.

Jim Crownover ’65 was a Rice University Trustee for 15 years and served as chairman of the board for the last eight years of his tenure, retiring in 2013. That same year, as a way of recognizing his leadership and impact on Rice University and the broader Houston community, a group of leaders united to create a lasting legacy for Jim with an endowed scholars fund housed in the Jones Graduate School of Business.

In addition to supporting students financially, the Crownover Scholars Program provides an avenue for Jim himself to work directly with Crownover Scholars and finalists, who elect to attend the Jones School, sharing his experience on leadership success and community contribution, plus introducing students to relevant business leaders in their chosen fields.


Crownover Scholars embody traits that Jim demonstrated throughout his 30-year career with McKinsey & Company, his involvement with Rice, and his service in leadership roles with the United Way and other community entities — service which reflected high aspirations and standards coupled with caring and respect for others.

In addition to a full tuition award, recipients are granted an annual $15,000 stipend to use toward fees and living expenses. Crownover candidates must demonstrate strong academic credentials and meet the criteria necessary to gain admission to top business schools. Each year a select group of applicants is invited to participate in on-campus interviews and speak with students, faculty and community leaders. One candidate is selected as the Crownover Scholar but all finalists receive financial incentives and are encouraged to attend.

For questions about 
the program, please contact Sue Oldham, Director of Admissions, at or 713-348-6153.

From the President

“The responsibility and respect, the integrity, the sense of and dedication to community and a standard of excellence. That’s what Jim has brought in every aspect of what he contributes to Rice: true respect for others. True patience, true thoughtfulness. True modesty. And true wisdom.”

David Leebron President,
Rice University

Application Deadline

Application Deadline: January 4, 2016

All students admitted to the full-time program are evaluated for scholarship. Those under consideration for the Crownover Scholarship will be contacted by the Admissions Committee and will submit a response to an additional essay question. Subsequently, the chosen finalists will come to campus for a variety of activities that will include dinner with donors and community business leaders, a class visit, a panel interview and more.