Business Scholars Program
Who Are Business Scholars?
Business Scholars are a community of talented students with a strong interest in pursuing business-related fields who participate in opportunities developed to complement and enhance their academic program. This two-year experience begins with incoming First Year students engaged in a “learning by doing” environment which guides them through personal and professional development on their collegiate journey.
Business Scholars understand the vital role of collaboration through team-building, networking, leadership training, and workshops. Partnerships with faculty, alumni, and corporate representatives provide insight to the professional world and high ethical standards of behavior. First Year Business Scholars begin this community together in Blackburn House near the Fisher College of Business on north campus.
What Do Business Scholars Accomplish?
- Enhance Professional Development Skills
- Students interact with faculty, alumni, and corporate partners through various programming and events including the Business Etiquette Dinner and company site visits. The Scholars Seminar 1100 course provides professional development through individual exploration of strengths, leadership styles, personal branding, and cultural competency as they seek to become leaders in a global economy.
- Connect with Fisher College of Business
- Business Scholars participate in the Fisher Citizenship Program activities which foster personal growth, leadership development, and encourage First Year involvement in Fisher College of Business student organizations. Once Business Scholars complete the requirements of the program they officially become “Fisher Citizens.”
- All Business Scholars have an immediate connection with their Business Scholars Program Manager who supports students as a mentor, advocate, and coordinator of their Scholars experience. Business Scholars also have a specific Academic Counselor who understands the program expectations and promotes academic balance.
- 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 and network with Fisher alumni, visit national and international companies, 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 the Fisher College of Business. Candidates must have:
- A strong passion for pursuing business and developing business-related skills
- A desire to network with business professionals
- An aspiration to gain knowledge regarding business career possibilities
- A curiosity to understand the business culture and environment
Business Scholars is one of 17 Scholars Programs at The Ohio State University. For application criteria and to learn about all 17 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 was created to address the high interest among incoming First Year students for co-curricular programing and a living-learning community closely connected with the Fisher College of Business.
- Is participation mandatory?
- Yes. Business Scholars membership requires being an active participant. Continuation in the program is contingent upon students meeting expectations during their first year. Students who successfully complete their First and Second Year expectations earn a Scholars Transcript Designation acknowledging this achievement.
- Are there any leadership opportunities within Business Scholars?
- Yes. Business Scholars are encouraged to apply to the Business Scholars Leadership Council. This council supports programming efforts through the program, including coordinating a peer mentorship program between First Year Business Scholars and upperclassmen.
- Can Business Scholars still apply for Honors Programs?
- Yes. Business Scholars who earn a 3.5 GPA or better in at least 12 credit hours of coursework at Ohio State may apply to the Honors Program through the Fisher College of Business and still remain active within the Business Scholars Program.
- Do I have to live in the residence hall?
- In order to develop community, as a First Year Business Scholar you must live in Blackburn House on north campus, unless you are commuting from home. Students will live on campus during their Second Year, but are not required to live with the Business Scholars Community.
- Do I have to participate in off-campus trips?
- While not mandatory, historically, most Business Scholars participate in the domestic overnight trip to a major metropolitan city.
- Are Business Scholars admitted into the major program?
- Yes. Business Scholars is the only Scholars program whose students are directly admitted to the BSBA major program and desired specialization.
- Do I have to pursue a major in the Fisher College of Business to participate in Business Scholars?
- No. Students may apply from any academic discipline; however, preference for admission will be given to students intending to major in business.
For additional information about the Business Scholars Program please contact:
Jena Pugh, Program Manager
Undergraduate Leadership & Engagement Office