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College of Business Scholars Program Offers New Dimension for High Achieving Business Students

thumb-spring2020-1.jpgThe University of Wyoming College of Business announced the new College of Business Scholars Program for high achieving students coming to the College of Business with exemplary academic records.

“The College of Business Scholars Program is a central element of these student’s time at UW, and something they engage with throughout their entire undergraduate career,” says Taylor True, assistant director of enrollment management in the College of Business.

Each year, a group of 24 incoming students will be invited to join the College of Business Scholars Program by the program coordinator, based on their GPA and test scores. The students will then submit an application to confirm their interest in the program and agree to the required aspects of participation.

The program includes certain constant elements each year such as networking opportunities, access to executive speakers, mentorship, and a team of individuals who are available as resources. Additionally, each year will also have a hallmark experience or focal point, designed to give students a one-of-a-kind experiential education.

“At the College of Business, student success is a priority” says Steve Russell, director of the Peter M. and Paula Green Johnson Student Success Center and assistant dean in the College of Business. “We are excited to introduce this program, which complements students’ academic successes with professional and experiential learning in an effort to prepare our students holistically to be the business leaders of tomorrow.”

In addition to the mentorship and speaker series, students in the first year of the Scholars Program will live together in the Residence Halls as a part of a scholars Living Learning Community. These students will join other business Freshman Interest Group students on the same floor and engage in floor specific programming, as well as be automatically enrolled in select core courses together. 

First years will also have the first-year Education Abroad Experience, which will be a 7-10 day international Education Abroad program held the May following their first year on campus. As a part of this program students will take an Introduction to International Business course, giving them one of the five courses required to complete the International Business minor.

As students move into the second year of the Scholars Program, they will attend a variety of local business tours and networking events, designed to give perspective on how real businesses operate in their community and encouraging them to ask questions in a comfortable and educational atmosphere.

The third year of the Scholars Program will include the Industry TREK Experience, which is a domestic Education Abroad program that will expose the students to a new or growing industry and location across the U.S. The TREK trip location will vary year to year but is strategically coordinated with the first year Education Abroad Experience so students get a feel for a specific industry theme both in their back yard and globally.

Students in the final year of the program will be mentored by the College of Business Advisory Board, which consists of business leaders from throughout the Rocky Mountain Region and the U.S., who serve to promote the growth and development of the College of Business and its students.

“Scholars in their final year will be even more engaged with the networking opportunities through the College of Business. It is the goal that these students will have such great connections through the program, to our College of Business Dean, Director of the College of Business Peter M. and Paula Green Johnson Student Success Center, Advisory Board Members, and more, that they will have exemplary career connections and references who can speak to their strengths and experiences,” says True.

The fall 2019 College of Business Scholars Program cohort consisted of 11 students from Wyoming and six out-of-state students from Colorado, Alaska and Montana, who’s overall average ACT score of 30.625, SAT score of 1367.5, and GPA score of 4.003, exhibit the strong academic foundation of the program.

"I want to congratulate this year's College of Business Scholars Program class on their achievements both inside of the classroom and out," says Dave Sprott, dean of the College of Business. "We are overwhelmed with the incredible promise and passion of this upcoming generation. These young scholars inspire all those around them with their commitment and determination. I have no doubt that many of tomorrow's leaders are among this year's class."

For more information on the College of Business Scholars Program contact Taylor True, assistant director of enrollment management in the College of Business, at ttrue2@uwyo.edu or call (307)-766-4888.


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