As a Registered Student Organization, the program has a structure of officers who plan and organize events such as the orientation and manage fundraising efforts. Officers also elect chairpersons for committees to provide input and leadership opportunities for scholars in events like the service immersion trip.
Prospective Greehey Scholars
The Greehey Scholars Program is a once in a lifetime opportunity for qualified incoming undergraduate freshmen who are exceptional scholars committed to excellence in every aspect of their lives. Due to the generosity of alumnus Bill Greehey, the Greehey Scholars Program awards four-year scholarships for St. Mary’s University tuition, on campus housing and board, stipends for St. Mary’s University study abroad opportunities, and funds a majority of the co-curricular and extra-curricular activities such as business travel and conference attendance within the Program. Qualified in-state, out-of-state, and international students are encouraged to apply online through the St. Mary’s University Office of Undergraduate Admission’s online application.
Admission into the Greehey Scholars Program is competitive with a limited number of positions in the cohort available each year. The following are the minimum application requirements:
- Acceptance to St. Mary’s University as a declared business major beginning June 1, 2016
- Minimum SAT score (totaling only critical reading and math) of 1220 or minimum ACT score of 27
- Cumulative high school GPA of 3.0 or higher
- Qualified students will be invited to submit a Greehey Scholars Program application, letter of recommendation, and a resume by Jan. 20, 2017
- Top applicants selected for an on-campus interview will be contacted by Feb. 1, 2017
- On-campus interviews will be conducted at the AACSB accredited Greehey School of Business on March 3-4, 2017
- Applicants will be notified of a decision no later than March 10, 2017
- Applicants offered a Scholar position must accept or decline the scholarship offer by April 1, 2017
One of the hallmarks of the Greehey Scholars Program is that our students have many opportunities to lead and develop as leaders, through many activities, including internships and service work.
Being able to take part in so many different business immersion experiences allows for us to interact one-on-one with business executives and professionals; this, paired with alumni relations and help from the Civic Engagement and Career Development Center, provide scholars with many opportunities to secure internships throughout our time at St. Mary’s.Companies that scholars have interned with include:
- Citibank – Honduras
- Covenant Multi-Family Offices
- Culture Zest Inc.
- Family Service Association
- Hansa Ltda. – La Paz, Bolivia
- i9 Sports
- Spurs Sports and Entertainment
- Standard and Poor’s
- Tesoro Corporation
- The Boeing Company
- Youth About Business
Every year, each scholar chooses an organization to partner with and serve on a regular basis to fulfill their individual service project requirement. Scholars devote their time and energy to helping those in need on a weekly basis.
We have worked:
- Alcoholics Anonymous Clubhouse 12
- Big Brother, Big Sister
- Christian Senior Services
- Dance Therapy
- Family Violence Prevention Center
- Habitat for Humanity
- San Antonio Public Library
- Stand and Deliver Program
- The San Antonio Children’s Shelter
- The San Antonio Humane Society
Group Service Projects
As a group, we also engage in a year-long initiative, partnering with a service organization on a student-led, faculty-advised project. We form two to three project groups each year and have worked with:
- Volunteer Income Tax Assistance
- Habitat for Humanity: St. Mary’s University Chapter
Greehey Scholar Sarah Ann Cantu (B.B.A. ’15), shares her experience volunteering for Habitat for Humanity and VITA as a Greehey Scholar.
Scholars meet weekly to hear from guest speakers on topics of professionalism, ethics, industry trends, and global awareness; engage in preparation and planning of upcoming service initiatives; discuss learning opportunities peer scholars have completed such as mentoring reports, business analyses, or book discussions; complete team building activities; and visit businesses onsite through the Business Interaction Program.
Throughout the year, students visit local and state businesses where they interact with management and employees, ask questions and discuss business issues with organizational representatives, tour facilities, and establish professional contacts for future projects, internships and jobs.
There are usually two or three interaction programs each semester. Some examples of businesses the Scholars have visited include NuStar, Tesoro Oil Corporation, Union Pacific, San Antonio Food Bank, Federal Reserve Bank, Interstate Batteries and Mutual Trust Company.
In the Goelz Speaker Series, nationally known entrepreneurs and senior level executives give an autobiographical presentation as well as answer questions from and interact with attendees of the lecture.
The Forum on Entrepreneurship Breakfast Series is another opportunity for students to interact with business executives. Four breakfast meetings throughout the year feature prominent entrepreneurs who share experiences and insight with students, other business leaders, and community members.
The Greehey Scholars Program brings together diverse minds that create a rich academic and cultural environment, thanks to the accessibility of the program’s application process. Students from all over Texas, the U.S. and the world have chosen St. Mary’s University as their collegiate home, each bringing something unique to the program.
Not only are our students from many different backgrounds, but we also enjoy a wide range of varied interests, passions and strengths that help guide us to the various ways we hope to change the world: from working in non-profit organizations and attending law school to starting a company and teaching in the collegiate setting.
Greehey Scholar Orientation
Not Just a Meet and Greet. At the start of each fall semester, the Greehey Scholars Program offers incoming and returning scholars a time of orientation for the next year.
At the orientation, we discuss requirements and new opportunities, discuss and plan for group service initiatives and remind ourselves what it means to be a Greehey Scholar. The retreat also includes team-building activities, opportunities to deepen relationships among our group and a focus on the further development of our ethical leadership.
The Greehey Scholars Program offers a generous scholarship for high-achieving students who are qualified, regardless of family or economic situation. It covers St. Mary’s University tuition and fees for four years, as well as room and board.
The scholarship also provides stipends for study abroad opportunities and conferences, and funds a majority of the travel experiences within the program. The Greehey Scholars Program offers admission and the full scholarship to qualified in-state, out-of-state and international students.
Suzanne Oliva, J.D.
Greehey Scholars Program Director
Greehey Scholars Program Administrative Assistant