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Developing future business leaders

Each year, around 40 incoming first-year students are selected to participate in the distinguished Gies Scholar Program in Gies College of Business. They are chosen based on qualities including exceptional academic ability, proven leadership potential, and demonstrated desire to serve others. Gies Scholars receive a four-year scholarship and participate in special seminars, intensive dialogue with Gies faculty and business leaders, and international travel. The program provides students with a strong support system and valuable developmental experiences which will prepare them to be exemplary business leaders.

Gies Scholars Principles

The Gies Scholar Program is designed to develop high-potential students into strong business leaders who not only excel intellectually, but also understand that with success comes responsibility to serve their communities, their alma mater, and each other.

Using skills developed through the Gies Scholar Program, students will become undergraduate leaders dedicated to making Gies College of Business a better place for all students.

Gies Scholar Program Benefits

  • 4-year renewable merit scholarship
  • An international business cultural immersion short-term trip
  • Service/philanthropic events impacting Gies College of Business and/or the community
  • A seminar series, “Conversation with Leaders,” with national and international business leaders
  • Social activities for Gies Scholars to foster community
  • A mentorship program to teach students to rely on each other for support and counsel and begin to develop a life-long network of business contacts
  • A guest speaker series for honors students with esteemed Gies faculty and staff
  • Opportunities to build connections with the Gies Scholar Alumni Association
  • Designated honors advising


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