Business Scholars Program
Who Are Business Scholars?
Business Scholars are a community of talented students that participate in programs and activities designed to complement and enhance their academic program. This two year program beginning with incoming first year students creates a "learning by doing" environment for scholars who have a strong interest in pursuing business by offering insight to best practices, and its environment.
Business Scholars understand the vital role of collaboration through team-building, leadership training and workshops. Partnerships with faculty and alumni are developed to enhance professional development and a high ethical standard of behavior. First year Business Scholars live together to begin this community in Drackett Tower.
What Do Business Scholars Accomplish?
- Enhance Professional Development Skills
- Interact with faculty and alumni through various programming opportunities including a business etiquette dinner and an ethics seminar. Formal workshops and various activities provide Business Scholars the unique opportunity to associate with business professionals early in their college careers. Including Business Etiquette Dinner and Dress for Success Workshop.
- Connect with Fisher College of Business
- Business Scholars participate in Fisher Citizenship Program activities which foster personal growth, sponsor leadership development events, and encourage first year involvement in Fisher College of Business student organizations. Once Business Scholars complete all the requirements of the program they officially become "Fisher Citizens."
- All Business Scholars have an immediate connection with their Business Scholars Coordinator, who also serves as the Academic Counselor for Scholars students enrolled in the Fisher College of Business.
- Learn about the Global Business Environment
- Business Scholars have the opportunity to travel to a major national business center within the United States to meet with alumni, visit businesses, and experience cultural events and practice networking skills.
Candidates may major in any discipline with preference given to students intending to enroll in academic areas within Fisher College of Business. Candidates must have a strong passion for pursuing business, a desire to network with business professionals, an aspiration to gain knowledge concerning business career possibilities, a curiosity to understand the business culture and international business environment and an interest in developing business related skills.
Business Scholars is one of 14 Scholars Programs at The Ohio State University. For application criteria and to learn about all 14 programs please visit the Honors and Scholars website
- How long has the Business Scholars Program been in existence?
- The inaugural year for the Business Scholars Program was 2007.
- Why was the Business Scholars Program created?
- The Business Scholars Program has been created in order to address the high interest among freshman interested in business-related fields for co-curricular programming that is closely connected to the Fisher College of Business.
- Is participation mandatory?
- YES! An expectation of being a member is being an active participant! Continuation is contingent upon students meeting maintenance requirements during the first year.
- Can Business Scholars still apply for Honors Programs?
- YES. Business Scholars who earn a 3.5 GPA or better in at least 30 hours of coursework (at OSU) may apply to the Honors Program through Fisher College of Business. And still remain active within the Business Scholars Program.
- Do I have to live in the residence hall?
- As a first year Business Scholar you must live in Drackett Tower, unless you are commuting from home.
- Do I have to participate in off-campus trips?
- While not mandatory, historically, most Business Scholars will participate in the domestic overnight trip to a major metropolitan city. The international study tour is limited to about 20 students. Both opportunities have additional costs associated with participation.
- Are Business Scholars admitted into the major program?
- Yes, students who are admitted to Scholars will be direct admitted to the BSBA major program and desired specialization.
- Do I have to pursue a major in Fisher College of Business to participate in Business Scholars?
- No, students may apply from any academic discipline; however preference will be given to Business Majors.
For additional information about the Business Scholars Program please contact:
Lorraine Pennyman, Program Manager - Business Scholars Program