Emerging Business Leaders Program

Preparing tomorrow’s leaders– today.

The Emerging Business Leaders program at the Gies College of Business is a two-week summer program designed for high-achieving Black, African-American, Hispanic, Latina/o, and Native American students entering their senior year of high school. Participants 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 their knowledge on business-related careers.

Program Dates: July 8-20, 2018


Click here to submit your EBL application!


Applications are due by May 1, 2018, but application reviews and program admission decisions will occur prior to the deadline date. Final admission decisions will be made on a rolling basis. Therefore, it is advantageous to complete and submit your application as soon as you are able.


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

  • Have your resume reviewed and participate in a mock interview with a 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 and discover careers in business

  • Learn about the University of Illinois admissions process and other available University resources


Application Criteria

  • Open to Black, African American, Hispanic, Latina/o, and Native American students who will be entering their senior year of high school and:

    • have a “B” (3.2/4.0) GPA or higher in a solid academic curriculum;

    • demonstrate leadership through extracurricular and volunteer activities and work experience; and

    • must be available for the entirety of the program (July 8-20, 2018).


Cost & Scholarships

  • A $500 program fee that covers housing, meals, and social activities will be due by May 15 for accepted students.

  • Full need-based scholarships to attend the Emerging Business Leaders program are guaranteed for qualified students.

  • Students who complete the program and apply and are admitted into the Gies College of Business will receive a $5,000 renewable scholarship!


Additional Information

Email us at admissions@business.illinois.edu or call (217) 244-3890.