M.B. Zale Leadership Scholars


Named for the innovative merchant, M.B. Zale, the M.B. Zale Leadership Scholar program is the leading undergraduate professional development program for top students in retailing at Mays Business School.

Selection as an M.B. Zale Leadership Scholar is highly competitive. Five to ten students are chosen each semester based on their academic achievement, leadership potential, and above all, their commitment to pursue a retailing career.

Through hands-on learning experiences, such as luncheons with executives, travel to retail stores and HQ offices, networking opportunities, mentoring opportunities and reflective writing, students will:

Students can also earn 3.0 hours of MKTG elective credit (MKTG 485-506) during their second semester in the program.

*For Professional Distinction in Retailing points, go here.

CLASS OF 2017-18

2nd Semester Scholars Major
Aricka Anderson `18 Marketing
Caren Valenciano `20 Business Honors & Marketing
Daniel Copalcua `18 Supply Chain Management
Julie Dickerson `18 Marketing
Leslie Bonorden `18 Marketing
Lori Rodriguez `18 Marketing
Maris Moreno `19 Marketing
1st Semester Scholars  
Avery Heldenfels `19 Marketing
Faith Knox `20 Marketing
Kennedy Mickley `19 Marketing
Lillian Kelley `19 Marketing
Maggie Moore ’20 Business Administration
Manu Garikipati `20 Supply Chain Management
Zhi Min Lee `20 Business Administration & Marketing
SRA President  
Annika Neldeberg `18 Supply Chain Management

“The Center for Retailing Studies afforded me the opportunity to travel and attend the National Retail Federation’s Big Show in New York City as a student ambassador. There I learned about the latest industry trends and made priceless connections with retail executives, ultimately landing an internship with Macy’s home office in New York. Using the skills I learned as a M.B. Zale Leadership Scholar, combined with the knowledge from the classroom, I was able to excel in my internship and received a full time position with Macy’s after graduation.”

Sergio Rivera

BBA in Management ’17