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Nussbaum named McGowan Scholar

Jessica Nussbaum '94 received an award of $21,000 for her second year of MBA studies at the Monterey Institute of International Studies, a graduate institution in California preparing students for global careers in the private, public, nonprofit and educational sectors. Nussbaum's merit-based scholarship, The William G. McGowan Scholarship, is supported by the William G. McGowan Charitable Fund.

Nussbaum studies finance at Monterey's Fisher Graduate School of International Business. She plans to continue working in the field of technology start-ups, while possibly focusing on business development and project/business valuation.

Her international experience includes more than 10 years living and working in Japan in general business consulting and the telecommunications equipment sector. "Most recently I have helped Juniper Networks start-up their Asia Pacific Operations," Nussbaum says. "Before that I worked for an executive search firm in Tokyo."

At Bryn Mawr, Nussbaum majored in anthropology and minored in East Asian studies. Nussbaum's father is an anthropologist who studied Japan, and her family lived in Japan for several years while she grew up. "I capitalized on my Japan background and moved there after BMC,"she says. While there, she was involved with the BMC Japan Club, plus the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan.

The William G. McGowan Scholars Program was established to recognize academic achievement of students pursuing a major in business and to reward the exemplary qualities of intellectual curiosity and entrepreneurial potential. McGowan Scholars are selected based on grade point average and a submitted essay, among other criteria. The William G. McGowan Charitable Fund honors the spirit of the late founder and chairman of MCI Communications by encouraging leadership and innovation.

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