History & Mission
An honors-program specifically for business students was the long-time vision of former Dean Louis Pol and CBA faculty. Following a financial gift from the Virginia Pettengill Estate, that dream began to take shape in summer 2014 with the hiring of the first director.
After nearly a year of developing programming and recruiting high school seniors, the director and faculty committee selected the first cohort of 20 incoming freshmen in spring 2015. The second cohort was admitted in fall 2016, and the third in fall 2017.
Twenty incoming freshmen will be added to the Scholars Academy every year, following an extensive application process that includes essays, letters of recommendation, and a day of interviews. In fall 2018, the Scholars Academy reached full capacity for the first time with four cohorts of Scholars.
The CBA Scholars Academy invests in the present and future of high-achieving business students. We are equipping Scholars to make a positive impact in their communities by providing challenging coursework in the classroom, connections to businesses and thought-leaders in the field, and unique opportunities for growth in self-awareness.
The Scholars Academy meets these goals by providing:
- specific courses, taught by award-winning faculty, that the Scholars complete throughout their four years in the Academy.
- room for organic relationships and mentorship by matching Scholars to business professionals for a year-long mentorship program.
- space and support for student-led community service projects each year.
- an annual scholarship of at least $5,000 to each Scholar to help with tuition costs.
- a study abroad trip junior year, offset by a generous stipend.
- annual retreats for each cohort to build community.