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GSMAA Student Fellowships
Annual awards honor one student from each of the School's four programs

The Graduate School of Management’s Alumni Association (GSMAA) annually awards fellowships to one student from each of the School’s four programs: Full-Time MBA, Sacramento MBA, Bay Area MBA and Master of Professional Accountancy.

Student recipients receive a cash gift that is applied toward the cost of their education. A portion of alumni gifts to the GSM Annual Giving Campaign each year are dedicated to these fellowships.

Fellows are nominated by the School’s alumni, students, faculty and staff.

Nominations consider the following:

  • Completion of first year of study in good academic standing
  • Demonstration of commitment to academic excellence
  • Leadership as a UC Davis GSM student
  • Participation in extracurricular activities
  • Commitment to “give back” to fellow students and the School
  • Desire to advance and promote the School’s excellence
  • Ability to stand out in the School’s community
  • Advocacy of community building and teamwork
  • Enthusiasm, passion and energy

2014–2015 GSMAA Student Fellowship Recipients

Alice Hsiung MBA 15

Bay Area MBA Program
Organization & Talent Development Manager, Visa


Kristy Bird Trouchon MBA 15

Sacramento MBA Program
Director of Membership, California Medical Association


“UC Davis Graduate School of Management students are all leaders, so it was a great honor to be selected for this award. I plan to be actively involved in the Alumni Association, both to stay connected with this great community and to find ways to strengthen the connection between alumni and students.”

—Kristy Bird Trouchon MBA 15

Venita Sivamani MBA 15

Davis MBA Program
Strategic Growth Consultant at Alpha Public Schools
Education Pioneers Graduate School Fellowship


“My experience at the GSM was transformational. Coming from an education background, each course was an exciting adventure into the unknown. Outside of the classroom, I enjoyed working with graduate students across campus on the Chancellor’s Graduate and Professional Student Advisory Board, as president of the Women in Leadership club and on an international development project with D-Lab. My studies took me abroad to six continents and a fellowship in Silicon Valley. I am truly grateful for this opportunity and the wonderful classmates, faculty, and mentors I met along the way!”

—Venita Sivamani MBA 15

Kristin Leib MPAc 15

Master of Professional Accountancy Program
Associate Accountant, K-Coe Isom



“One of my main deciding factors when it came to choosing UC Davis MPAc was how new the program was. Although a program without years of history and hundreds of alumni might scare some away, I found it exciting. I started the year with hopes of being a leader and making an impact. With the support of the GSM staff and Alumni Association I never felt alone in my journey. Now, as an alumna, the gratitude I have for my supporters has only increased my desire to see the program and future students succeed.”

—Kristin Leib MPAc 15

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