Business Scholars Program

The knowledge and experience you receive as a Business Scholar will put you on a fast track for career success.  If you plan to major in accounting or business management consider the advantages of the Business Scholars program in becoming business-ready.  In order to be business-ready, students will take a series of co-curricular workshops to complement their business courses. The courses plus the workshops will provide students with both the knowledge and confidence to succeed.

Opportunities Available to Business Scholars

Freshman Seminars
These seminars provide an introduction to the exciting world of modern-day business and economics.  One seminar will be Introduction to Economics while the second is undecided at this time. The Business Scholars will have as advisors the instructors in these courses. During this first year, workshops will encompass visits to area firms and briefings by executives.

Sophomore Year
During the fall semester of the sophomore year, the Business Scholars will take the introductory accounting class as a cohort. The Scholars will continue to interact with business leaders and visit firms in the region. In addition, workshops will focus on problem-solving approaches using the six sigma methodology and tools, project management skills, and technology.

Junior Year
At the end of the junior year, the Business Scholars will participate in an internship. In order to prepare for such internships, a series of co-curricular workshops will be offered. These workshops will address business expectations, the necessary work ethic, resume preparation, interviewing, personal selling and networking. Mastering these skills will enhance both the internship experience and employment opportunities.

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.

Senior Year Project
In their senior year, teams of Business Scholars will be involved in projects in the region either working for firms, governmental agencies, or non-profits. These projects can carry course credit. The Scholars will culminate their experience at Barton and make presentations concerning these projects.

Who Should Apply?

High school seniors with at least a 3.0 GPA who have a strong interest in a career in business, non-profit organizations or government, and who plan to major in accounting or business administration are encouraged to apply. The Business Scholars program is invitation only. Contact Angela Zimmerman in the Office of Admissions to learn how you can become involved.

Selection Criteria

Fifteen Business Scholars will be admitted annually based on academic criteria, business interest and experience; an essay; and an interview conducted during Barton’s annual Scholar’s weekend.