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:

  • 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 to experience retail flagship stores and buying offices

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.

Spring 2019 applications are being accepted

Current Zale scholars
Class of 2018-19

2nd Semester Scholars Grad. Date Major
Avery Heldenfels May-19 MKTG
Faith Knox May-20 MKTG
Kennedy Mickley Dec-18 MKTG
Lillian Kelley May-19 MKTG
Maggie Moore May-20 BS ADMIN
Manu Garikipati Dec-19 SCMT
Zhi Min Lee May-20 BS ADMIN/  MKTG
1st Semester Zale Scholars Grad. Date Major
Addison Holcomb May-20 MKTG
Jacquelyn Armstrong May-19 MKTG
Jessica Lam May-19 MKTG
Maria Pope May-19 University Studies – Business
Sarah Gerlich May-19 Finance
SRA President Grad. Date Major
Allison McGraw May-19 SCMT

“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. Combining the skills & knowledge learned through the Zale Scholar Program and classroom case studies, I excelled at my internship and will be moving on to a full time position with francesca’s after graduation.”

Kennedy Mickley ’19
Marketing