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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 713-348-6153.