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 skills under the direction of Meaghan Cole and Joy Jiang.

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 Michael and Susan Novak, the Oakland University Credit Union and New World Diamonds.

How To Apply

Business students are invited to apply for the program by clicking the application link below. The application deadline is July 1, 2019. Decisions will be finalized by the end of July.

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 a letter of recommendation from an employer or faculty member
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
Three Saturdays per academic 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 has an opportunity to receive mentorship from a business professional in various capacities.

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

In The News

Business Scholars focus on marketing strategies in latest case competition
December 12, 2018

In their most recent case competition, teams of Business Scholars developed and presented marketing strategies to grow annual sales for Detroit Bikes.

Business Scholars case competition puts strategy and leadership skills to use
October 23, 2018

Scholars were challenged to create a case for complimentary service offerings in the evolving the business strategy of Banff Aspen Lodge.

Business Scholars present strategies, learn by doing
April 10, 2018

Three OU Business Scholar teams faced-off in their final case competition of the year.

OU Business Scholars place second in prestigious international case competition
May 11, 2017

After a demanding 12 weeks of competition in the two-part International Collegiate Business Strategy Competition (ICBSC), the OU Business Scholars placed second for overall performance in their world.

Contact Us
Joy Jiang
(248) 370-2832

Meaghan Cole

2019-20 Schedule

September 14  8 a.m. - 3 p.m.2019-2020 Scholars Kick-off and Team Building Event
September 28  8 a.m. - 2 p.m.Case Competition Training
October 9  5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.Mentee/Mentor Dinner Reception
October 26  8 a.m. - 2 p.m.Case Competition
November 16  8 a.m. - 2 p.m.Service and Professional Development Event
January 25  8 a.m. - 2 p.m.Case Competition
February 15  8 a.m. - 2 p.m.Service and Professional Development Event
April 15  5 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.Scholars Program Celebration
Winning Business Scholars Team in Case Competition. Five students with judges. Students holding award certificates.  Small group of Business Scholars working on Case Competition. Three students sitting at table talking, discussing. Small group of Business Scholars. Five undergraduate students. three in front, two in back. In front of Stinson Center in Elliott Hall. Business Scholars presenting at Case Competition. Female presenting before slides.