Inclusive Business Leaders is a cohort-based program of first-year business students who demonstrate a commitment to making Nebraska Business and the field of business a more inclusive environment for all.
Apply by the priority deadline on February 1. Final deadline is March 1.
Apply for Fall 2023 Cohort
How to Apply
Meet the Inclusive Business Leaders
Inclusive Business Leaders participate in weekly meetings to engage in thoughtful discussion on a wide variety diversity and inclusion topics that impact business today. You'll also build community within your cohort through monthly social activities, make meaningful relationships with college leadership, compete in case competitions, and learn from a number of business professionals through hands-on experiences in the community. Each Inclusive Business Leader is supported by an IBL peer mentor and the IBL staff as they discover how to be a leader in today's diversified work environment.
Inclusive Business Leaders are awarded a $2,000 scholarship for engagement in your first year. The scholarship is split, with $1,000 for each semester of program completion.
You participate in several meaningful experiences on and off campus as an Inclusive Business Leader. Specifically, the program provides opportunities for site visits to local businesses, community service projects, participation in a business case competition, and facilitated discussions with impactful guest speakers.
Through IBL, you take some of your introductory College of Business coursework together with your cohort. The program connects participants with free tutoring and guided pathway planning by an academic advisor. Paired with professional development opportunities like connections to employers and a dining etiquette luncheon, IBL prepares you to confidently step into the business world.
The cohort model of the program encourages a sense of community and connection for first-year students as you navigate projects and discussion around inclusive business together! Outside of the class, IBL hosts monthly social events and facilitates the IBL mentor program, where you are paired with a peer mentor to help guide and support you through your first year and beyond.
Apply by completing a short application and essays describing your experiences, knowledge and career goals as they pertain to diversity and inclusion.
Admission to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Declare a major in the College of Business
2.5 cumulative high school GPA
Applications for the Fall 2023 cohort will start being reviewed on February 1, 2023.
Apply for Fall 2023 Cohort
From your first day of class to graduation, the staff in BASE are your resource for academic advising, numerous opportunities to get engaged in the college and enriching your learning outside of class.
Business Advising and Student Engagement
A national leader in preparing students for lifelong career success, the Business Career Center’s innovative services and programs help you develop confidence, professionalism and connections. Meeting with a career coach, you can explore majors and careers, develop your résumé and cover letters, refine your LinkedIn and learn strategies for interviews, identifying opportunities and negotiating job offers.
Business Career Center
Everyone can benefit from getting help on coursework through the FREE tutoring offered by the Teaching and Learning Center. You can take advantage of regularly scheduled tutoring assistance available for core classes or request help with specialized software and courses at a time that works for you.
Teaching and Learning Center
Selected for their ability to develop others, student strengths coaches mentor first-year business students in the course Professional Enhancement I: Investing in Strengths (BSAD 111). During your first eight weeks of the fall semester, a student strengths coach will meet with you once a week and facilitate two one-on-one strengths coaching sessions tailored to help you recognize and maximize your potential.
Clifton Strengths Institute
This program is one initiative in the college's journey toward inclusive excellence. Other inclusive excellence goals and initiatives include the Diversity and Inclusion Gathering Space (DIGS), a place for conversation and community, and an Inclusive Excellence Advisory Board of faculty, staff, students and alumni who assist with formalizing our initiatives and priorities, establishing and tracking goals and ensuring action and achievement.
College of Business Inclusive Excellence
If you have been admitted into UNL, hold a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above from high school, and major in a field of business (Accounting, Actuarial Science, Agribusiness, Business Administration, Economics, Finance, International Business, Management, Marketing, Supply Chain Management), you are eligible to apply for this scholarship.
The Inclusive Business Leaders program strives to promote inclusivity within the field of business through the participation of students with experience in underrepresented and marginalized populations.
Yes! All domestic students are eligible to apply for this scholarship.
No. The selection committee will use the information provided in the application to select scholarship recipients.
These first-year scholarships are awarded to students’ MyRED account following the successful completion of each semester. For example, if you successfully complete the fall semester, the scholarship will be applied in December and used for the spring semester. Spring semester scholarships can be applied to the summer session or the following fall.
The Inclusive Business Leaders scholarship can be applied to tuition and fees, and room and board.
Everyone who applies to the scholarship program will be notified of the selection results. Notifications will be sent to the email address provided in the application on or before May 1.
No. The $2,000 scholarship ($1,000 per semester) is a one-time scholarship for first-year students. Following the first year, students may apply to stay involved with the program as a paid peer mentor.
Yes! Students can successfully participate in the Inclusive Business Leaders program while being involved with other campus programs such as W.H. Thompson Scholars, Learning Communities, TRIO, etc. We will work with students to develop a personalized plan to accommodate any potential conflicts.
Unfortunately, you need to be actively pursuing a major in business to receive this award. Students need to successfully complete and show continuous enrollment in future business courses at the time scholarships are awarded as a part of the successful completion of each semester.
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