15 business students received their jackets on Friday night at the induction ceremony of the newest class of Business Scholars.

This unique program within the Batterman School of Business offers highly qualified incoming freshmen the opportunity to earn their bachelor’s degree and their MBA in four years.

Meet the 2021 inductees:

  • Robert Albrightson
  • Sterling Armstrong
  • Aaron Block
  • Nathaniel Bloxdorf
  • Ian Chowaniak
  • Nicole Grove
  • Nicholas Klemm
  • Ryan Klug
  • Simon Liljegren
  • Jackson Nosrati
  • Catherine Romine
  • Grace Spaletto
  • Sophie Swiertz
  • Madeline Taubenheim
  • Frank Zufelt

This program started in 2003 as the brainchild of then Dean of the School of Business Dr. William Ellis.

“It was Ellis’ vision and dream to create a program that emphasizes rigor in the craft of business, while building on our Christ-centered mission,” says Dr. Daniel Sem, dean of the Batterman School of Business.  “I know he would be proud to see how his dream has grown to now over 50 students.”

Inductees took an oath and received their coveted jackets at a ceremony in the Chapel of Christ Triumphant. The jackets have a deeply symbolic crest that was designed by former Business Scholars to represent the values of Concordia University.

The notable features of the crest include:

  • A cross
  • Olive branches
  • Gold coin
  • Hands shaking
  • Planet

“When our scholars wear the jacket they are representing our school in the Church and in the world,” says Sem. “They are indicating their commitment to behave as ethical and Christ-centered business leaders.”

This Business Scholar progam is open to first-year business majors who meet the following academic requirements:

  • High School Cumulative GPA of 3.5 out of 4.0
  • ACT scores of 25 or higher
  • Combined SAT scores of 1200 or higher

This Business Scholar progam is one in a suite of exclusive programs available to highly qualified students.

Other Scholars Programs:

  • Kapco Scholarsupper-level scholarship for accounting and finance students
  • JPP Scholars — four-year combined bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Organizational Leadership and Administration
  • Professional Business Scholars — adult learners could earn a bachelor’s degree in business management and an MBA in four years

For more information or to apply to these programs, visit here.




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