M.B. Zale Leadership Scholars

Fall 2021 applications are now available (due April 15)

Named for the innovative merchant, M.B. Zale, the 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:

  • Build greater confidence in professional communication and personal branding
  • Gain first-hand industry knowledge by engaging with visiting Executive Professors
  • Practice and receive education in business etiquette
  • Interact with CEO level retailers at the Retailing Summit and  M.B. Zale Visionary Merchant Lecture Series
  • Travel to New York City and participate in appointments with multiple retail headquarters, buying offices and flagship stores

*Students will receive full credit toward distinction points for the two semesters they are M.B. Zale Leadership Scholars.
For Professional Distinction in Retailing points, go here.

Current Zale scholars

2nd Semester Zale Scholars Grad. Date Major
Madelyn Askew May-22 MKTG
Kennedy Colton May-21 MKTG
Caroline Deaton May-21 MKTG
Nichole Martin May-22 SCMT
Dao Nhan May-21 BUSN
Rachel Sinkule May-21 MKTG
1st Semester Zale Scholars Grad. Date Major
Kimberly Cervera May-22 MKTG
Rachel James May-24 BUSN
Daniela Paredes Dec-21 MKTGT

“Being a Zale Scholar and serving as an ambassador for the Center for Retailing Studies, Mays Business School, and Texas A&M University was truly one of the most transformative experiences of my college career. The Zale Scholar Program allowed me to step out of my comfort zone and into the world of retail with confidence.

I am proud to be part of retail’s future!”

Addison Holcomb ’20



“The opportunities provided to me through The Center for Retailing Studies and The M.B. Zale Leadership Scholar Program have been unparalleled in the advancement of my retailing career. I have traveled to New York City, Dallas, and Austin numerous times to learn about industry trends. It is through these learning experiences where I have made connections with retail executives, which ultimately lead me to my internship with francesca’s in Houston.”

Kennedy Mickley ’19