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About the Program

The Rosow Scholars Scholarship is built upon the principle that fostering a robust work ethic is integral to both academic and career readiness. In line with this philosophy, it is anticipated that all Rosow Scholars will undertake a work commitment that aligns with their academic pursuits in addition to a commitment to volunteerism and development of exceptional time management skills.

The Rosow Scholars Scholarship exclusively considers prospective first-time freshmen interested in studying business. Participants and graduates will be known as Rosow Scholars.


Each participant will receive a scholarship of $2,000 per semester. Recipients may receive support for at least four years* in a business program providing they meet the scholarship requirements.

Freshmen will enroll in BA 1301 Principles of Business I and/or BA 1302 Principles of Business II, aimed at equipping them with essential skills for the professional sphere, such as leadership and communication abilities. Additionally, they will undertake the following commitments:

  • Review resume with Career Services each semester.
  • Complete a profile on Handshake.
  • Attend a sponsored visit to a corporate site annually.
  • Attend a minimum of one job fair event per semester.
  • Engage in and network during events throughout The Business Week Experience.
  • Participate in and network during the Forum on Entrepreneurship Speaker Series twice per semester.

Subsequent to the freshman year, participants are required to secure and sustain suitable employment, amounting to 170 hours per semester (approximately 12 hours per week). Such employment can encompass various roles, including:

  • Internships or part-time positions with external organizations (e.g., for-profit, non-profit, government and/or civic)
  • Internships or part-time positions within St. Mary’s University (e.g., graduate assistants with the Greehey School of Business Dean’s Office, research assistants with Greehey School of Business faculty)
  • Experiential opportunities (e.g., serving in a role designated by the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program director related to the administration and operation of the program)
  • Federal Work-Study Program or St. Mary’s Work-Study Program

*Five years for undergraduate programs requiring five years to graduate.


To be considered eligible, candidates must fulfill four specific requirements:

  1. Apply to and be accepted into a major within the Greehey School of Business
  2. Have a minimum GPA of 3.0
  3. Receive a score of at least a 1000 on the SAT or a 20 on the ACT (optional)
  4. Meet all other academic criteria for regular admission as stated in the St. Mary’s University Undergraduate Catalog

If a candidate’s high school does not furnish rankings, recommendations from teachers and guidance counselors may be considered. If the candidate has chosen not to submit SAT or ACT scores, eligibility can alternatively be established by presenting a GPA exceeding 3.25.

At the conclusion of each semester, the Coordinator of the Scholarship conducts evaluations of participants to ascertain whether their engagement merits renewal for the subsequent semester. The extension of participation hinges on fulfilling the scholarship’s activity prerequisites and showcasing an unwavering dedication to its continuation as follows:

  • Remain in continual enrollment as a full-time student (minimum 12 credits per semester)
  • Maintain a minimum, cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Satisfy the concurrent work requirements of the scholarship. Freshmen Rosow Scholars are exempt from the work requirement provided they enroll in formal coursework that provides them with leadership and communication skills (i.e., BA 1301 or BA 1302).
  • Maintain enrollment as a business major at St. Mary’s University


• Students interested in the Rosow Scholars Program are required to submit their application as well as submit a Financial Aid application by Monday, May 13, 2024.

• Select applicants will be invited to interview with the Program Coordinator and provided next steps in the selection process beginning Tuesday, May 14, 2024.

• Applicants will be notified of a decision no later than Tuesday, May 28, 2024.

• Selected applicants must accept or decline their offer by Friday, June 14, 2024.

  • Selection

    The criteria employed by the Coordinator for selection encompass:

    • Demonstrated academic excellence and leadership
    • An up-to-date resume
    • A baseline level of professionalism, with the understanding that ongoing growth in professionalism is anticipated throughout the program
    • A resolute commitment to fulfilling the responsibilities incumbent upon Rosow Scholars

    In addition, preference will be given to eligible minority candidates who are the first generation of college students in their family and establish financial eligibility through qualification for the federal Pell Grant, or in lieu of that, by similar criteria.

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