The John Wooden Global Leadership Fellowship Application


Each year, UCLA Anderson seeks up to four students who embody Coach Wooden’s values-based leadership philosophy. Fundamental components of this leadership style include a focus on ethics, team spirit, skill, hard work and loyalty. Each recipient of this $35,000 award should also possess an unquenchable thirst for improvement, constant learning and innovation.


Eligibility & Requirements


Students in the full-time MBA, EMBA and UCLA-NUS EMBA Class of 2020, and FEMBA Classes of 2020 and 2021 are eligible to apply for 2019 fellowships. Applications are not accepted from students graduating in summer 2019.

Students must be in good academic standing. We encourage all interested students to apply.

Application period:

MBA, EMBA and FEMBA: April 2 – May 7
UCLA-NUS EMBA: June 3 – July 1

JWGLA Fellowship winners will be notified in the fall.


Learn About the Fellowship





In 2008, UCLA Anderson established the John Wooden Global Leadership Program to build upon Coach John Wooden’s legacy of leadership. The program consists of:

  • The John Wooden Global Leadership Award, recognizes an exemplary leader who personifies Coach Wooden’s leadership philosophy.
    Past honorees have included: Kevin Plank, Chairman & CEO, Under Armour; Ursula Burns, CEO, Xerox; Paul E. Jacobs, Executive Chairman, Qualcomm; Robert Iger, Chairman & CEO, Disney; Indra Nooyi, Chairman & CEO, PepsiCo; Peter Ueberroth, Managing Director, Contrarian Group; Frederick Smith, President & CEO, FedEx; Ken Chenault, Chairman & CEO, American Express; and Howard Schultz, Chairman President & CEO, Starbucks.
  • The John Wooden Global Leadership Fellowship awards up to four $35,000 fellowships. These fellowships are funded from the proceeds generated from the annual John Wooden Global Leadership Award Dinner.