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 with 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, Regions Bank, and Kaldi's Coffee Roasting CO.
  • Unique and rewarding networking opportunities with alumni in locations such as Chicago, Kansas City, 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 and have access to program-specific scholarships, as well as the opportunity to participate in corporate trips to locations such as Chicago, Kansas City, and St. Louis.

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Before applying to the Vasey Academy, students must be accepted into Mizzou, designating a business as their major, and have a minimum 3.00 high school GPA for freshmen or a minimum 3.25 CUM GPA for returning students. Applications are open each semester, with priority given to applicants who apply before April 30th and October 31st. Applications received after the deadline will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

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Meet the Director

Erika Aaron oversees two programs of distinction at the Trulaske College of Business, including the Vasey Academy and Allen Access Program. She is also the Director of the Office of Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity here at the Trulaske College of Business. 

For More Information

For more information about the Vasey Academy, please contact our Programs of Distinction staff at 573-882-7787 or VaseyBusiness@missouri.edu, or visit us at 408 Cornell Hall.