The Cornell Leadership Program

Leadership development and honors-type experiences for students who have achieved high levels of success academically and as leaders

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The Cornell Leadership Program, established in 2006, provides high-performing students with an opportunity to develop leadership skills and business acumen through a carefully designed set of experiences over four years. Students have the opportunity to participate in executive luncheons, delve into current business issues, participate in service opportunities and travel to various cities to learn first-hand about global business.

The Cornell Leadership Program provides participants with:

  • Opportunities to travel domestically and internationally to engage with business thought leaders at companies such as the Denver Broncos, Golman Sachs and Meta, and to learn first-hand what it means to be successful and ethical business leaders
  • Honors-type leadership seminars incorporating contemporary business cases, book discussions and simulations
  • Dedicated advisor and career coach and supportive Trulaske faculty and staff committed to their success
  • The opportunity to shape the future of the program through leadership roles

Cornell Leadership Program participants receive a $500 non-renewable scholarship and benefit from program-specific scholarships. Students have the opportunity to participate in corporate trips to locations such as Dallas, Denver and New York City.

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Before applying to the Cornell Leadership Program, incoming first-year students must be accepted into Mizzou and select business as their major.  Students must have a minimum ACT of 28, OR a minimum SAT of 1320, OR at least a 3.80 high school GPA. Applications are open annually beginning in August and are due January 19th, 2024. Finalists will be notified by February 9th and invited to participate in Interview Day.

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Meet the Director

Dr. Mary Beth Marrs oversees programs of distinction at the Trulaske College of Business, including the Cornell Leadership Program and the Heartland Scholars Academy. A three-time Mizzou alumna, she is the recipient of multiple teaching awards, including the university’s Faculty-Alumni Award and the William T. Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence.


For More Information

For more information about the Cornell Leadership Program, please contact our Programs of Distinction staff at 573-882-7455 or, or visit us in 304 Cornell Hall.