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Stanford Graduate School of Business Announces 2018-2019 Recipients of Stanford USA MBA Fellowship


Three recipients from Wisconsin, Iowa, and Missouri were selected for
their commitment to supporting development and revitalization in the
Midwest region.

Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB) today named Lucy Montgomery,
Andrew Pikturna, and Samantha Tellatin the 2018-2019 recipients of its
Stanford USA MBA Fellowship.

As part of Stanford GSB's mission to educate business leaders to solve
society's most pressing problems, the school will provide up to $170,000
in tuition and fees to each recipient over two years. Within two years
of graduation, the fellows must return to the Midwest region in a
professional role that helps to contribute to the region's economic

Lucy Montgomery is a 5th-generation Iowan who previously worked as a
management consultant at Accenture in Washington, D.C., and has a strong
commitment to social service. She aspires to return to Iowa and create a
nonprofit that amplifies Iowa women's voices and prepares them to create
and manage successful ventures, building on her past experiences working
with women entrepreneurs in St. Louis and at the Iowa Center for
Economic Success. She attended Washington University in St. Louis where
she was captain of the women's NCAA Division III varsity basketball
team. Montgomery will pursue dual master's degrees in business
administration and public policy from Stanford GSB and Harvard Kennedy

Andrew Pikturna was raised in rural Wisconsin's Fox Valley, home to
farmland and a once-prosperous paper industry. He is committed to
bringing his knowledge back and helping others gain the skills they need
to succeed in a changing economy by launching his own technology venture
in Wisconsin. He began his career at Accenture in Chicago and is now
senior manager of operational analytics at the weekly meal delivery
service Home Chef. He earned his bachelor's degree from the University
of Wisconsin, Madison, where he served as a campus campaign coordinator
for Teach For America.

Samantha Tellatin is from rural Missouri where she currently works at
the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program, which is a
national grants and education program offered by the U.S. Department of
Agriculture that seeks to support an enduring American agriculture of
the highest quality. She is passionate about helping companies assess
their supply chains to improve environmental and social practices, and
hopes to focus her career on supply chain sustainability by either
starting a social enterprise or joining a company in the region. She
attended the University of Missouri, Columbia, where she studied
biological engineering.

The GSB established the Stanford USA MBA Fellowship in September 2016 to
provide financial support for students with a passion for generating
economic development in regions of the United States underrepresented in
its MBA program, focusing first on the Midwest. Following the launch of
the fellowship, applications to the GSB from the region increased by 25

"Developing principled business leaders committed to driving change is
integral to the GSB's mission. We're eager to further strengthen our
connection to the Midwest – a region vital to the U.S. economy – and
play a role in the next wave of economic development and social
innovation through our USA MBA fellows," said Kirsten Moss, Assistant
Dean and Director of MBA Admissions at Stanford Graduate School of
Business. "Andrew, Lucy, and Samantha's devotion and commitment to the
Midwest is inspirational, and we look forward to their contributions to
our student body as well as their long-term impact as future leaders."

"The instruction and leadership skills that I gained during my first
year at the Stanford GSB have transformed my perspective and fueled my
passion for the Midwest," said Adam Verhasselt, 2017 USA MBA Fellow and
Stanford MBA Candidate. "My experience at Stanford has further
reinforced my commitment to ensure that all communities, big and small,
have opportunities to contribute to our evolving economy."

Those interested in learning more about Stanford GSB are invited to
attend an upcoming information session, one of which will take place in
the Midwest: Columbus, Ohio, on September

Applications for the USA MBA Fellowship are currently being accepted in
Round 1 (through September 18, 2018) and Round 2 (through January 10,
2019). To learn more about the program, its requirements, and how to
apply, visit the Stanford
GSB website

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