February 12, 2016

W. P. Carey School offers free college prep program

Open to underrepresented and economically disadvantaged students interested in business

The W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University is offering an opportunity for high school students to experience what it’s really like to attend one of the top business schools in the nation for a week free of charge.

The annual Fleischer Scholars Program at the W. P. Carey School is open to select minority and economically disadvantaged students from across the state. About 50 high school students will be chosen to participate in two different sessions. They will stay with supervising mentors in Barrett, the Honors College on ASU’s Tempe campus, while learning business skills and preparing for college. The priority consideration deadline is March 21 with a final deadline of April 25. Applications are available at wpcarey.asu.edu/Fleischer or by calling 480-965-5187 or email wpcsummerprograms@asu.edu.

“The transition to a rigorous business college can be an adjustment for students. The Fleischer Scholars Program is specifically designed to help those who might not otherwise be exposed to college to live on campus and get a sense of the experience,” says Amy Hillman, dean of the W. P. Carey School, which has an undergraduate business program ranked Top 30 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

The program is available only to high school students who have just completed their junior year. They will work with current W. P. Carey School students and faculty members, as well as local business leaders. They will learn resume writing, college study skills, university application tips, financial aid advice and other important information.

“Attending Fleischer Scholars was life changing,” says Susan Chen, a 2015 Fleischer Scholar who now attends the W. P. Carey School of Business. “I’ve never learned so much and had so much fun at the same time. It was more than just a camp, it was an eye-opening journey. The people were phenomenal and the program presentations were extremely helpful. The overall feeling I got is something that needs to be experienced.”

Sessions will be held June 13-17 and July 11-15. High school counselors and teachers are encouraged to identify strong candidates interested in business. All of the program’s scholarships are provided by local entrepreneur Morton Fleischer and his wife, ASU graduate Donna Fleischer. They hope to educate young people about the boundless opportunities and achievements that the United States and freedom provide, so students can add to the impressive legacy of American entrepreneurs.

Information about all W. P Carey School summer programs can be found at wpcarey.asu.edu/summerprograms