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Longwood senior is university’s William McGowan Scholar

January 30, 2009

Jillian Klein

Longwood University senior Jillian Klein is the university’s William G. McGowan Scholar for 2008-09.

The McGowan Scholars Program, made possible by the McGowan Charitable Fund, provides selected colleges and universities with scholarships to help business students. It funds one full-tuition scholarship for an undergraduate or graduate student at each school, which have to be accredited by AACSB International. Recipients must be at least a rising senior with a 3.5 grade-point average who demonstrate "unusual promise and leadership potential."

Klein, from Richmond, is majoring in business administration (marketing concentration) with a minor in communication studies. She has a 4.0 GPA at Longwood, to which she transferred in January 2007, in the middle of her sophomore year, from George Mason University. She is president of Longwood’s chapter of the American Marketing Association and a member of Phi Kappa Phi and Beta Gamma Sigma honor societies, the Honor Board, the Student Advisory Board for the College of Business & Economics, and Kappa Delta sorority.

She has done three internships. One was with CRT/tanaka, a Richmond public relations firm, in January over winter break; she did an internship in advertising and public relations with Dominion Virginia Power, also in Richmond, in the summer of 2008 and again during the recent winter break; and she was a marketing intern with the Dressing Room in Farmville from September to December 2008. She plans to pursue a career in business-to-business sales.

Klein is a graduate of Douglas Southall Freeman High School and is the daughter of Caren Harris and Denis Klein, both of Richmond.

She is the fourth McGowan Scholar at Longwood. The others are Mandalynn Thompson (’08), Jennifer Arthur (’07), and David Ellis (’06).