Established in 2002 as a program to help first-generation college students make a smooth transition from high school to college and on to graduation, the Business Scholars Program (BSP) in the College of Business celebrates its biggest accomplishment yet—the graduation of 22 students from the program in one semester.
“I am very thankful for everything the Business Scholars Program has offered me,” said Rose Ornelas, a senior majoring in marketing. “I have grown as a professional thanks to the events, workshops and conferences that I have attended. I’m also grateful for the academic assistance and scholarship opportunities, that helped me accomplish my goals.”
BSP provides academic, leadership and professional development services for first-generation college students. Students also develop leadership skills through mentorship and community service activities. The program enrolls 150 undergraduates each year and boasts an 84% retention rate for participants.
Business Scholars Program graduates are Crystal Aldrighette, accounting; Juan Cabrera, accounting; Esther Cole, human resources; Laura Cox, actuarial science; Jessica Figueroa, international business; Laura Galvan, management; Daysi Garcia, accounting; Angelica Garcia, accounting; Jamaal Hollingsworth, management; Carmen Lafuente, international business; Patricia Lara, finance; Rochelle Mata, accounting; Rose Ornelas, marketing; Oanh Pham, accounting; Luis Reyes, marketing; Jo Rios, accounting; Courtney Skelly, management; Ryan Smith, real estate finance and development; Nadine Suh, international business; Christian Tijerina, accounting; Cynthia Urrea, human resources; and Joseph Valencia, actuarial science.
“The Business Scholars Program serves as a community of support for academic achievement, friendship and professional development,” said Rosa Garza-Girdy, director of undergraduate studies and the Business Scholars Program. “Participating in a community of like-minded students who face the same challenges enriches college experience and makes students more likely to realize their goals.”
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