UIC Business Scholars is a selective leadership development and scholarship program for top performing, highly motivated undergraduates. Working closely with faculty and business professionals, Business Scholars receive a solid foundation in business coupled with in-depth knowledge and technical skills to ensure they excel in the competitive world of international business.
UIC Business alum and CEO of Ulta
President of Cobra Electronics
Founder, Chief Executive Officer and President, Deli Management, Inc.
"Already in my first semester, I have learned so much about professional presence from my BA 100 class that I've noticed the lessons have become a part of my daily life. Also, since I have been at school, the thought that I am a 'Business Scholar' has inspired me to work harder and to truly represent this title. What I like the most about the Business Scholars Program is that I have a smart group of peers that motivate me each day, which is why I never have to worry about not knowing anyone or being alone." - See more at: blog.business.uic.edu
"The Business Scholars Program is wonderful for professional development and networking. The skills that I am learning in this program already provide me with confidence. Thanks to UIC Business Scholars, I know that whatever my career path may be, I will possess a strong professional presence." - See more at: blog.business.uic.edu
Freshman Britney Scott sees a lot of value in the family relationships among the Business Scholars. “There is a wide variety of skills and experiences among the different members, some of whom have been through courses I’ll be taking, and some of whom already have an internship under their belt,” Scott said. “Between Professor Spanjol’s [Scott's mentor] advice and the insight I get from older family members, I have a strong sense of the necessary steps to reach my goals.” - See more at: blog.business.uic.edu
Business Scholars is a rigorous program, which is why we build in plenty of fun. Each year, scholars and faculty go on outings such as Cubs and Sox baseball games, or head down the street to the United Center to watch the BlackHawks. We also get together in Student Center East for an annual bowling party. Scholars are afforded ample opportunity to build friendships among the cohort and get to know their professors, all part of graduating from UIC Business with a strong professional network.
Company visits give scholars the opportunity to make valuable industry connections as well as see the inner workings of area companies. Seeing a work environment up close and meeting those who spend their days there can help you determine the best path for your own career.