Business Scholars Program

The knowledge and experience you receive as a Barton Business Scholar (BBS) will put you on a fast track for career success. If you plan to major in business, consider the advantages of the program in becoming business-ready. Students will participate in a series of activities outside the classroom to complement their business courses. Both the curricular and co-curricular opportunities will provide students with the skills necessary to succeed.

Recipients of this award will receive up to $3,500 each year. The award is renewable if you maintain a grade point average above 3.0, participate in the BBS programs, and make sufficient progress toward your business degree. Students who are accepted to Barton should apply as soon as possible to receive full consideration. Please click on the link below to go to the online application.

Apply for the Business Scholars Program

Opportunities Available to Business Scholars

First-Year Workshops
Students will participate in a series of workshops to prepare them for today’s business world. These workshops will focus on such topics as business standards and practices; resume preparation, interview skills and dining etiquette; and strategic career planning. All workshops will take place in the spring semester of the first year, and students will have an opportunity to interact with business and civic leaders from the Wilson community.

Barton Leadership Initiative
During the fall semester of the sophomore year, Barton Business Scholars will participate in the College’s Leadership Initiative. The program examines leadership as a role, relationship, and process when investigating who we are, how we work together, and how we impact society. Students will explore leadership from multiple perspectives so that they can learn to think critically, reason ethically, and anticipate change.

Internship Experience (Case Studies in Business – BUS 380)
Barton Business Scholars will participate in an individualized internship during their junior year. Students will be paired with an organization that reflects their passions and work directly with the leadership to solve a specific problem. At the conclusion of the semester, students will provide recommendations to the organization based on their findings. The purpose of the internship is to provide students with an educational opportunity that is designed to complement the students’ course work through the practical application of their own knowledge, skills, and abilities.

Guaranteed Internship
During the summer between the junior and senior years, the students will participate in a guaranteed internship. Studies have shown employers value internship experiences more than any other factor when considering graduates for employment.

Student-Initiated Research Project
Students will have an opportunity to work on a project that will assist the decision-makers of Wilson in establishing policies that can advance the economy of our community. Barton Business Scholars will work directly with faculty members on projects for the Wilson/Barton Think Tank (WBTT) during the spring of the junior year and the fall of the senior year. During the Wilson/Barton Think Tank’s annual fall event, students will be given the opportunity to make a presentation of their findings to the Wilson community and the members of the WBTT Advisory Board.

Who Should Apply?

High school seniors with at least a 3.25 GPA and a SAT score above 1,000 (ACT score above 21) are encouraged to apply. Transfer students with a GPA above a 3.0 will also be considered. Please understand that the review of applications will be on a first-come, first-served basis, and candidates will be notified within a week if they are to move forward to the phone interview round. Please contact Teresa Parker in the Barton School of Business at tparker@barton.edu if you have any questions.