The Brock School of Business pioneered the Brock Scholars program in 2009 to empower high-achieving business students to enhance and customize their education. This innovative program allows students to design their own curriculum, work closely with faculty, gain practical business experience, and receive additional funding. The program is designed for students whose academic goals and career aspirations call for a curriculum different from the six traditional majors offered. The Brock Scholars Program endeavors to fully equip students to achieve their academic and career goals.
Because of the research Brock professors mentored me through, I started my career with authoritative insight to issues critical to my clients and a mentality that approached the business world with agility, passion, and a heart to serve.
Kley Sippel, Class of 2012
Brock Scholars have the ability to create their own unique curriculum. Working closely with faculty in the Brock School of Business and in line with the student's academic goals and career aspirations, Brock Scholars complete a core of business courses combined with courses from across the university to craft a personalized curricular experience.
Some students choose to specialize further in a particular field of business, such as accounting, economics, or marketing. Others choose to merge their business foundation with a concentration in another area, such as religion or family studies courses.
Brock Scholars begin their career early with a subsidized internship during their sophomore year. The Brock Scholars Program provides a $1,500 stipend for each Scholar to intern at a socially mission-driven business. The position matches students' curricular interests and provides academic credit.
The internship allows Scholars to begin their professional experience early and prepares them for an international fellowship after their junior year.
The Brock Scholars Fellowship provides additional experiential learning. With a stipend from the program, Scholars are place in organizations all over the world in a fellowship experience.
Fellowships are tailored to the Scholar's specific career aspirations. For example, Kley Sippel ('12), in line with his economic development interests, was placed in South Africa to work with the enterprise incubator Living Way. Caroline Noland ('12) was placed with the global NGO Food for the Hungry in their Washington, D.C. office.