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Carson College of Business Corporate Scholars – For Students

Corporate Scholars Programs

For Students


The Corporate Scholars Program is a challenging program that requires students to both represent their discipline on their team and to step way out of their comfort zone. The class is structured to mimic an actual work environment, so therefore stresses different skills than a traditional academic class.

Corporate Scholar Programs place students into interdisciplinary teams of 4-6 members to work on projects for their sponsoring organizations.

Projects are tailored to the interests and skills of the team. Projects can be in any of a variety of areas, such as: theoretical research and analysis, problem diagnosis and repair, product design, prototyping, application development, demonstrations, simulations, and modeling.

What qualities make for a successful Corporate Scholar?

Individual qualities of the successful Corporate Scholar are:

  • Strong academic skills in their major field(s) of study.
    To contribute to a multidisciplinary team, Scholars need to have a solid foundation in their individual discipline.
  • Ability to work well in a team.
    The projects are challenging and require intense collaboration. No one person will have all the necessary skills to complete the project. Scholars will improve their teamwork skills as part of the program, but to start they need to be willing to work in a team environment.
  • Ability to learn on their own.
    The projects are real-world, which means that the required skills may fall outside the existing skillset of the team. Scholars need to be able to explore new domains and quickly come up to speed in subjects outside their comfort zone.
  • Communication skills.
    Scholars need solid written and oral communication skills. Scholars will improve their communication skills as part of the program, but they need to start with the ability to explain their point of view to team members.
  • Professionalism.
    The Scholars serve as representatives of WSU and will be interacting with industry employees, managers, and executives. Scholars therefore need to conduct themselves in a professional way that reflects positively on the University.
  • Willing to commit to the two year program.
    Students need to understand the requirements and be able to commit to meeting them.


Jeff Perry

Michelle Chapman
Scholarship Coordinator

Current Programs

Boeing Scholars

GCISL Corporate Scholars

Which Corporate Scholars Program is right for me?

Students may apply to multiple Corporate Scholars Programs, but can only participate in one. There are separate selection processes for each program. See the Program-specific websites for more details on eligibility and requirements.

Program# SemestersScholarship awardsJunior Year RequirementsSenior Year RequirementsCampus ConstraintsCollege ConstraintsEligible Majors
Boeing Scholars4$1000 Jr Year
$3000 Sr Year
No Credits. Attend Events: Site visit (Fa) and Report Out (Sp)3 Credits each Fa & Sp
Mgmt 430 (Fa & Sp) or
ENGR 420/421

SURCA, Senior Report Out
Pullman onlyCCB, VCEA, CAS, Murrow onlyAny CCB, VCEA, Murrow; Some restrictions on CAS (see Boeing Scholars FAQ)
GCSISL Corporate Scholars3$500 Jr Year (Sp)
$3000 Sr Year
1 Credit Immersive internship:
Pre & Post internship workshop
3-Day immersive field visit
Junior Report Out (Sp)
3 Credits each Fa & Sp
Mgmt 430 (Fa & Sp) or
ENGR 420/421

SURCA, Senior Report Out
All physical campusesAll CollegesNo restrictions, but major needs to relate in some way to Senior Living project

What is the program like?

Class Segment

Major Topics

Immersive Internship
(GCISL Program Only)

  • Pre-Workshop: Professional behavior standards, field data-gathering protocols, background (e.g., different types of senior livings communities & facilities, roles and responsibilities, current issues)
  • 3-Day “Live In” experience at Senior Living facilities: on-site activities, meals, interviews with management, staff, clients, executives. Daily reflection sessions.
  • Post-Workshop: Problem identification and assessment
  • Project Evaluation Panel: review potential projects with panel of stakeholders

Project Selection

  • Evaluating potential projects in terms of risks, opportunities, required skills, success criteria, stakeholders, and potential products
  • Team assignment based on individual interests and project needs
  • Initial statement of project goal(s)

Project Orientation

  • Assessing state of knowledge relative to project needs (Know/Don’t Know)
  • Identify knowledge gaps and how to fill them
  • Develop and implement project research plan (vs. other forms of research)
  • Formulate intelligent questions for mentors/sponsors
  • Communication Skills: Consulting with experts
  • Collaboration Skills: Building trust, creating shared workspaces, team coordination
  • Interdisciplinary Skills: Exposure to multiple different perspectives

Concept Development

  • Define overall approach to project
  • Characterize the solution space
  • Identify dimensions of value
  • Requirements Definition, Scoping the project
  • Develop/evaluate options for product(s)

Implementation Planning

  • Task decomposition/Task assignment
  • Milestone generation
  • Planning/Scheduling
  • Budgeting
  • Progress tracking and reporting


  • Prototyping, modeling, experimentation, field observation, data collection, test planning, design, fabrication, software development, …
  • Re-planning, Re-scheduling, Re-budgeting
  • Re-assessment of goals, products, success criteria


  • Showcase for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (SURCA): presenting applied/fundamental research for general audience
  • Peer reviews: presenting/defending work at a detailed level
  • Mentor Status meetings: presenting work in progress and soliciting inputs
  • Intermediate reviews: presenting to a peer & adviser audience
  • Report Out: presenting to executives and broad audience of stakeholders