Emerging Business Leaders Program


Preparing tomorrow’s leaders– today.

The Emerging Business Leaders Program at Illinois is a summer program designed for high-achieving Black, African-American, Hispanic, Latina/o, and Native American minority students entering their senior year of high school. If you’re interested in learning more about the Illinois Business experience, the Emerging Business Leaders program may be a good fit for you. You’ll live on campus and learn from world-renowned faculty, work on a capstone group project with other students, and connect with corporate executives to expand your knowledge on careers that are related to business. Applications for the 2016 program have closed. Please email admissions@business.illinois.edu if you have questions.

Program Dates:

2016: July 10-28th
2017: July 9-27th (tentative & subject to change)



  • Attend seminars led by College of Business faculty about concepts in accounting, finance, marketing, and other business disciplines

  • Have your resume reviewed and conduct a mock interview with an Illinois Business Career Adviser

  • Practice your presentation and public speaking skills and learn professional business etiquette

  • Create a business plan and work on a capstone group project

  • Visit corporations to learn about careers in business

  • Learn about the University of Illinois admissions process (and how to write effective essays to make yourself stand out!)


Application Criteria

  • Open to racial and ethnic minority students who will be entering their senior year of high school

  • Students must have a “B” (3.2/4.0) GPA or higher

  • Demonstrated leadership through extracurricular and volunteer activities and work experience

  • Students must be available for the entirety of the program


Cost & Scholarships

  • $500 program fee (covers housing, meals, and social activities) will be due in May for accepted students.

  • Full need based scholarships are guaranteed for students who qualify.

  • Students who complete the program and decide to enroll in the College of Business at Illinois will receive a renewable scholarship to help cover their college costs!


Additional Information

Email us or call (217) 244-3890.