The Vasey Academy

Mentorship by corporate executives and networking for professional success for talented underrepresented minority students

Vasey Academy Group

The Vasey Academy, established in 1997, provides talented students from underrepresented groups a variety of opportunities to help them jump-start their entry into the exciting world of business.  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 world of business.

The Vasey experience provides participants with:

  • One-on-one mentoring by business executives from companies such as EY, AT&T and Bank of America
  • Unique and rewarding networking opportunities with alumni in locations such as Chicago and St. Louis
  • Dedicated advisors and career coaches, and supportive Trulaske faculty and staff committed to their success
  • Seminars focused on current business trends in partnership with Vasey Advisory Board executives

Vasey Academy participants receive a $1,000 non-renewable scholarship, have access to program-specific scholarships, as well as the opportunity to participate in corporate trips to locations such as Kansas City, St. Louis and Chicago.

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Before applying to the Vasey Academy, incoming first-year students must be accepted into Mizzou, designating business as their major, and have a minimum 3.25 high school GPA. Applications are open annually beginning in August, with priority given to applicants who apply before December 1st. Applications received after that date will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

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Meet the Director

Dr. Mary Beth Marrs oversees enrichment programs at the Trulaske College of Business, including the Vasey Academy, 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 Vasey Academy, please contact our Enrichment Programs staff at 573-882-7455 or, or visit us in 304 Cornell Hall.