Kiesner Scholarship Fund

Fred Kiesner. Irreverent. Honest. Caring. Passionate. A Name Synonymous with Entrepreneurship at Loyola Marymount University.

Honored as the Conrad N. Hilton Chair of Entrepreneurship in 1998, Fred Kiesner (aka “Grampa Fred”) built the LMU Entrepreneurship Program from the ground up, starting with an introductory entrepreneurship course in 1974 to being one of the most recognized and highly-regarded entrepreneurship programs in the nation (currently ranked #21 by U.S. News & World Report). Fred was recognized as one of the top five entrepreneurship center directors in the U.S. by Entrepreneur magazine and received many national and international awards for his extraordinary work from the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE), the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Beta Gamma Sigma and the Acton Foundation for Entrepreneurial Excellence.

Fred and Elaine Kiesner

Fred’s most important work has been as a mentor, motivator, friend and teacher to more than 10,000 LMU students over a span of 39 years. Chosen as the College of Business Administration’s “Teacher of the Year” 11 times and as a recipient of the Fritz B. Burns Distinguished Teaching Award – LMU’s highest teaching honor – many of Fred’s former students cite him as a major influence on their career goals and life choices.

“To be a teacher, and be able to help develop the future generations of the world is the most satisfying calling there could be," said Fred, who retired from LMU in 2013. "Payday for me is when my former students keep in touch and tell me of the wonderful things they are achieving in life, and what a positive impact they are having on the world! Nothing is as gratifying to me as being in front of my students trying to get them to dream and believe in the wonderful things they can achieve in life.”

If you were lucky enough to have been touched by Fred Kiesner and his lovely wife and constant companion, Elaine, please help us to continue to honor them with a gift to the Fred and Elaine Kiesner Endowed Scholarship. Proceeds honor deserving undergraduate and graduate students in entrepreneurship. Nothing would please the Kiesners more than to leave a lasting gift to future LMU entrepreneurship students to help them achieve their dreams.

For questions, please contact Roberta Kuhlman, senior director of development for the College of Business Administration, at 310-258-5483 or