Crownover Scholars Program

The Jones Graduate School of Business is proud to announce a new scholarship named in honor of former Rice University Board of Trustees Chair James Crownover '65.

Jim Crownover has extensive global consulting and management experience gained during a 30-year career with McKinsey & Company, Inc. He held several leadership positions, including serving as a member of McKinsey’s Board of Directors. He was elected to the Rice University Board of Trustees in 1999 and served as its chair for more than seven years. His contributions to Rice as an alumnus began before he joined the board, but his skill and leadership as chairman of the board of trustees helped move the university forward. Among other accomplishments, Crownover’s efforts led to the successful completion of the Rice Centennial Campaign, raising over $1 billion for the university.


Crownover Scholars

The Crownover Scholars have strong academic credentials that enhance the reputation of the Jones School among top business schools. Additionally, the Crownover Scholars exemplify traits that Jim Crownover has demonstrated throughout his career and during his engagement with Rice University: aspirational leadership, dedicated community service, and personal qualities such as respect for others and humility.


The Crownover Scholars receive a full tuition scholarship. In addition, recipients are given an annual $25,000 award to use towards university mandated fees and living expenses.

For questions about 
the program, please contact Melissa Blakeslee, Executive Director of Admissions, at melissab@rice.edu or 713-348-3197.

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 6, 2014


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.