Emerging Business Leaders Program

2018 EBL group photo

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 7-19, 2019


The 2019 EBL applications is available HERE with a deadline of April 15. 


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

  • Have your resume reviewed and participate in a mock interview with a Gies 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 7-19, 2019).


Cost & Scholarships

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

  • Partial and 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 Jewell White, Assistant Dean at white7@illinois.edu.