The Zimmerman Scholars Program is the premier leadership development program for undergraduate students in the Davis College of Business. The program is designed to prepare top students for leadership positions in major international organizations.
The Zimmerman Scholars Program assists students with defining job-related career goals and provides ready access to the personal development necessary to achieve success.
All activities are designed to provide individual coaching based on a student’s development needs and focuses on the skills most desired by employers: Problem-solving, ability to work in a team, work ethic, communication, leadership, flexibility/adaptability, organizational ability, and strategic planning skills. Throughout the program students will have the opportunity to engage with working professionals, work on real-life company based projects, and lead/mentor each other.
Participation is by invitation following a competitive application process and includes cohort based activities and scholarship funding up to $5,000 annually.
Program curriculum is designed to be engaging and applied with a focus on career readiness. Students will enroll in BUS classes designated for the Zimmerman Scholars. Below is a sample of the focus of the curriculum by year.
Freshmen: Students build their skills in ability to work in a team, organizational ability, communication, and work ethic. They meet weekly as a group to focus on these topics and receive individual coaching in each area.
Sophomore: Students build their skills in ability to work in a team, organizational ability, communication, and work ethic. They meet weekly as a group to focus on these topics and receive individual coaching in each area. Students practice project management skills by planning a Career Trek visit to companies in Jacksonville or another location of their choosing.
Junior: Students build their skills in problem-solving, flexibility/adaptability, and strategic planning skills. Junior Scholars help select new students for the program and serve as mentors to Freshmen and Sophomores. During this year, the students participate in an internship.
Senior: Students build their skills in leadership. Students vet applications before moving them on to the interview round. Senior Scholars help select new students for the program and serve as mentors to Freshmen and Sophomores. The Seniors lead project teams to consult on real business problems.
All undergraduate students (even entering Freshmen) majoring in Accounting, Finance, Economics, Management, Business Analytics, Business Administration, Marketing, Sport Business, or International Business are invited to apply. The application process includes the submission of a resume, transcripts, and answers to a number of essay questions centered around work ethic, integrity, openness to self-reflection, and ability to work with others. Students selected to move to the interview round will be interviewed by members of The Executive Advisory Board of the Davis College of Business. Questions about the program or application process can be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A cohort of up to 15 students will be selected each year, for a total of 60 students maximum in the program. Scholarship awards up to $5,000 annually are available for participants in the Zimmerman Scholars Program.