Business Scholars Program

The School of Business Administration Scholars Program provides a select group of students a unique opportunity to develop their problem solving, decision making and leadership skill under the direction of Joy Jiang and Bani Bordoloi.

The program centers on competency development and has four unique components that significantly influence the students in the Scholars Program.

  • Leadership Development
  • Case Competitions
  • Mentor/Mentee Relationship
  • Community Involvement

Generously sponsored by the Oakland University Credit Union.

How To Apply

Business students are invited to apply for the program by clicking the application link below. The application deadline is April 1, 2018. Interviews will begin in April and decisions will be finalized by June.

To apply to the program, students must:

  • Must be a pre-business or declared major in the SBA
  • Have a cumulative grade-point-average of at least a 3.4
  • Submit a completed Undergraduate Scholars Leadership Application which includes uploading a resume and faculty letter of recommendation
Leadership Development
Leadership development is based on the Lorminger Leadership Competencies that are selected specifically for the level of the students based on their progression in the program.

First-year Scholars
Presentation Skills
Conflict Management

Second-year Scholars
Negotiating Skills
Process Management

All Scholars
Annual challenge course team building event

Case Competitions
Four Saturdays per year devoted to case competition training

Scholars work in teams (lead by senior-level students) to analyze and present a solution to a specific business challenge to a panel of  faculty and business professional judges. Prizes are awarded to the winning team. Previous prizes have included tuition credit, iPads and Microsoft Surfaces)

Each Scholar is paired with a business professional who coaches and mentors that student.

Each year, Scholars decide what community project or organization they want to engage to support

In The News

Business Scholars benefit from mentors, competitions and more
September 2, 2015

Students in OU's Business Scholars program gain real-world experience through leadership development, community service, case competitions and working with mentors.

Business Scholars team takes top prizes at prestigious international business simulation competition
April 27, 2015

Business Scholars place first for Best Overall Performance and for Best Documents at the 51st International Collegiate Business Strategy Competition.

Business Scholars exercise expertise in case competition
March 10, 2015

Business Scholars team challenged to help a new carbonated drink manufacturer devise viable solution to compete with Coca-Cola and Pepsi.

Contact Us
Joy Jiang
(248) 370-2832

Bani Bordoloi

2017-18 Schedule

Aug 31 5:30pm - 6:30pmKick-off event all scholarsStinson Center
Sept 16 8am - 2pmTeam buildingLions Bear Lake: Lapeer, MI
Sept 30 8am - 2pmCase Competition Training224 EH
Oct 12 5pm - 6:30pmMentee/Mentor Kick off224 EH
Oct 28 8am - 2pm

Case Competition

224 EH
Jan 27 8am - 2pmDevelopment224 EH
Feb 10 8am - 2pm

Case Competition

224 EH
Mar 24Community Service
Apr 25 5pm - 7:30pmEnd of year celebration224 EH