Preparing Diverse Scholars for Leadership in the Future

Program History

Program Background

  • Located in the School of Business at the University of Kansas
  • Founded in 1992 by Professor Renate Mai-Dalton
  • Director 1992 through Spring 2006:  Professor Renate Mai-Dalton
  • Director Fall 2006 through present:  Professor Bob Augelli
  • Number of Students in the Program Spring 2010: 40
  • Range of Composite ACT scores at the time of admission: 19-30
  • Supported by corporations and individual donors.
  • Number of Students in the Program Spring 2013: 41
  • Average number of hours scholars work per week: 10

A Program with Real Results

One of the first things students notice about the Multicultural Business Scholars Program is the supportive atmosphere. One-on-one meetings, tutoring sessions, business presentations by corporate sponsors and social events all work in tandem to keep scholars academically on track, a fact readily reflected in their performance. o “For example, in the Fall semester of 2012, the MBSP scholars achieved a 3.02 average GPA based on a 4-point scale.”

Additionally, the MBSP assists scholars in their quest to carve out a niche in business fields where people of color have historically been underrepresented. The majority of our graduates are now employed in excellent positions nationwide, while many have gone on to earn MBAs and law degrees.

“MBSP is the best helping program I’m in. The support is the best thing about it. Its setting me up for the future.”
- De’Andre Steele

“The MBSP means a lot to me. I don’t think I would be able to afford school and do so well academically without all the help and support from the MBSP.”
-Lorgens Estabine

“The MBSP is a connection to students like me who are going through the same adversities as a multicultural business student. It is the support I receive both emotionally and financially from MBSP that encourage me to succeed.”
-Apryl Tillman


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