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, and Mike and Sue Novak.

How To Apply

Business students are invited to apply for the program by clicking the application link below. The application deadline is June 1, 2018. Decisions will be finalized by the end of 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
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)


Mentorship
Each Scholar has an opportunity to receive mentorship from a business professional in various capacities.

Community
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
jiang@oakland.edu

Bani Bordoloi
kbordolo@oakland.edu


2018-19 Schedule

Date/TimeActivity
September 15  8 a.m. - 3 p.m.2018-2019 Scholars Kick-off and Team Building Event
September 29  8 a.m. - 2 p.m.Case Competition Training
October 10  5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.Mentee/Mentor Dinner Reception
October 27  8 a.m. - 2 p.m.Case Competition
January 26  8 a.m. - 2 p.m.Community Service Event
February 9  8 a.m. - 2 p.m.Case Competition
March 23  8 a.m. - 2 p.m.Community Service Event or Professional Development
April 24  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.