Senior awarded entrepreneurial studies scholarship

Award recognizes outstanding academic record and leadership | August 4, 2005

Senior Keri Dooley has been awarded the William G. McGowan Scholarship, an $18,000 award funded by a grant from the William G. McGowan Charitable Fund. The award is given to a student majoring in entrepreneurial studies who demonstrates an outstanding academic record as well as leadership ability and significant involvement in academic, campus and community activities. This is the third year Xavier has awarded this scholarship.

Dooley, an entrepreneurial studies and marketing major, received the scholarship at the Williams College of Business Management and Entrepreneurship Awards spring reception. She did not know she was receiving the scholarship. Her parents, Kathy and Bryan Dooley, and many other family members were on hand to congratulate her when the surprise announcement was made.

“I was overwhelmed,” says Dooley. “It was also very exciting because I have worked very closely with many of the faculty and staff at the business college.”

The grant was awarded through a program established by the William G. McGowan Charitable Fund to provide selected colleges and universities with scholarships to help students who wish to pursue a business education.

“We are very pleased that Xavier was awarded a McGowan Student Scholars Award for the third year in a row as these awards go to universities with student-oriented and growing entrepreneurship programs,” says Sherrie Human, Castellini endowed chair in entrepreneurial studies.

Dooley is a graduate of St. Ursula Academy in Cincinnati where she was involved in many activities including student council, liturgical ministry, and student retreats. At Xavier, Dooley co-founded Aspiring Women Professionals, an organization aimed at helping women students with networking opportunities and the chance to gain insight into the business world.

She is also one of the newest co-owners of FliX, a movie rental business, which is Xavier’s first student-run and owned non-profit organization on campus. Dooley co-owns FliX with her twin brother, Matthew, a finance and accounting major at Xavier.

“It’s been great co-owning FliX and working together with Matthew,” she says. “He was really excited about me winning the scholarship.”