The Center for Retailing Studies has selected nine students as 2005 M.B. Zale Leadership Scholars. Named for Morris (M.B.) Zale, founder of the well-known jewelry chain, the scholar program provides top students with learning opportunities that encourage their pursuit of retailing careers.

The 2005 scholars include: Heather Arhens, Abbey Barnett, Abby Evans, Aaron Gregg, Allison Rhode,Amy Shreeve, Lorian Thompson, Patrick Turner and Angela Weaver.

Students are selected Zale Scholars based on a grade point ratio, professional experience, demonstrated leadership potential and commitment to retailing as a career. The students participate in retailing opportunities, such as meetings with business executives, corporate visits and the New York City Market Tour, where they walk the floor with executives from such famous retailers as Bergdorf Goodman and Estée Lauder.

The scholars also organize a service project, “Teens in Retailing,” where they meet with area high school students to promote retailing as a career and conduct seminars on professional topics such as resume development.