2021 Scholars Applications Are Open

About this program

The College of Business and Economics (CBE) Distinguished Scholar Program is open to academically successful students who are interested in business and economics. Approximately 20-25 students are selected each year. The selection process is competitive, as most CBE Distinguished Scholars have earned a 3.7 or higher cumulative high school GPA and have participated in extracurricular business-related activities.

Apply by March 3

This program is exclusively for admitted Western students; you will need to log in to your Admitted Student Portal to register.


  • First-Year Student 
  • 3.0+ GPA
  • Academic interest in Business and Economics

Important Dates

The priority deadline for full consideration is March 3.

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Earn a Scholarship:

  • A $1,000 scholarship is awarded during the student’s second year at Western, provided that the scholar remains a full-time student and has declared a major in the College of Business and Economics.

Academic Support:

  • One-on-one advising beginning in the first quarter at Western; upon major declaration, the Scholar will be assigned a faculty adviser in a specific area of interest.
  • Entrance to an interactive business seminar, Management 202, designed to provide Scholars with a fast track to the business world and CBE.
  • Accelerated admission into CBE.
  • Priority access to CBE foundation courses to help complete the major faster.
  • Special opportunities to interact with CBE professors, departmental advisory board members, and members of CBE student clubs.