Programs of Distinction

Programs of distinction at the Trulaske College of Business are designed to provide prominent business student leaders with additional opportunities, knowledge and resources to thrive during their time at Mizzou. In addition to financial scholarships, these programs offer corporate site visits and professional development in a variety of emphasis areas and industries. Students must apply to become a member of these programs, and both programs are open to incoming and returning students.


Cornell Leadership Program

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 learn first-hand about global business.

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Heartland Scholars Academy

Established in 2018, the Heartland Scholars Academy assists first-generation, rural students as they transition to Mizzou in pursuit of studying business. Over the course of four years, this program provides financial scholarship, dedicated advising, career coaching and business seminars.

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Vasey Academy

The Vasey Academy, established in 1997, provides talented first-generation and under-resourced students from urban areas* with various opportunities to achieve academic success at Mizzou. Through a carefully designed set of mentoring experiences and exposure to corporate executives, students create the foundation for their professional network while learning more about the business world. 

*An area with a population of 5,000 or more than 2,000 housing units, per U.S Census and State of Missouri definitions (MCDC, 2023; U.S. Census Bureau, 2023).

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Trulaske Scholars

Alongside corporate site visits to TRUE Manufacturing and Kaldi’s Coffee, Trulaske Scholars receive a financial scholarship that is renewable for a maximum of four years. Trulaske Scholars are required to work 10-12 hours per week during the fall and spring semesters or 30 hours over the summer. Applicants should show evidence of leadership abilities and other activities, and the program is available to students pursuing an emphasis in Accounting, Marketing, Management, Economics or Finance and Banking.

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Walton Scholars

The Walton Scholars program, established in 1992, provides students with corporate site visits to companies such as Google, Edward Jones, Hireology, Hallmark, Morningstar Financial, Wrigley Field and Leo Burnett. In addition, Walton Scholars participate in monthly professional development opportunities and receive a financial scholarship that is renewable for four years. You can apply to become a member if you are an incoming or continuing business student pursuing an emphasis in Marketing, Management or Finance and Banking with the intent of pursuing a career in retail.

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