Business and Economics Distinguished Scholars

This small cohort experience for 20 incoming first-year students provides scholars with the freedom to explore the business field. Scholars tour multi-million dollar businesses, interview successful entrepreneurs, and attend special business functions with faculty. 

Program Benefits

Business Scholars enjoy priority access to business foundation courses, providing them with a head start on their major. They also get to work closely with faculty within the College of Business and Economics (CBE), who plan and organize the program.

  • One-on-one academic advising to help you chart your course at Western
  • Priority registration for business foundation courses and accelerated admission into CBE (should business or economics become your chosen major)
  • Fall quarter enrollment in Management 202 – Perspectives on Business, a 2-credit seminar that provides an engaging introduction to business and is available only to Distinguished Scholars
  • Special opportunities for you to interact with CBE professors, participate in exclusive conversation hours and other events with leaders in the business community, and learn about exciting student leadership opportunities
  • A $1,000 scholarship for your second year at Western, should you declare a major within CBE

Application Eligibility Requirements: 

Up to 25 incoming fall first-year students are selected each year to participate in the Business and Economics Distinguished Scholars program. Selection is based on academic excellence and the goal of creating a diverse cohort of students representing a broad array of interests in business.

While many CBE Distinguished Scholars have participated in extracurricular business-related activities, this program is designed for students who have not yet taken any college-level foundational business courses.

Business and Economics Distinguished Scholars Application

The February 28th deadline to apply to the Business and Economics Distinguished Scholars program has passed and the application is now closed. For questions regarding the program, please contact Freddy Collins at or (360) 650-7950.