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The John Wooden Leadership Fellowship Application

UCLA Anderson seeks three students who embody Coach John Wooden's values-based leadership philosophy. Selected students will receive a $35,000 fellowship. Students interested in applying should be able to demonstrate leadership styles that espouse ethics, team spirit, skill, hard work and loyalty. Each applicant should possess an ability to manage change, have an unquenchable thirst for improvement, constant learning and innovation.

Eligibility and Application Requirements
Students in the full-time MBA, EMBA and FEMBA Classes of 2022 and 2023 are eligible to apply for 2021 fellowships. Applications are not accepted from students graduating in summer 2021. Students must be in good academic standing. We encourage all interested students to apply.

All applications will be reviewed by the Fellowship Review Committee which will include representatives from all eligible degree programs. Depending on university and government guidelines in fall 2021, Wooden Award recipients may be asked to attend and speak briefly at the awards dinner, as well as be featured in promotional photographs and videos.
The application period has ended.

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: Mellody Hobson, Co-CEO & President, Ariel Investments; Reed Hastings, Founder & CEO, Netflix; 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 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.