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Rising Scholars and Business Success Academy programs win national award

The Darla Moore School of Business won the Insight into Diversity magazine 2024 Inspiring Programs in Business Award for the Rising Scholars and Business Success Academy programs. 

The Inspiring Programs award honors business schools that encourage, support and give opportunities to underrepresented students interested in pursuing a business career through specific programs. Each winner will be included in the April 2024 Business School issue of Insight into Diversity magazine.

On behalf of the entire Insight Into Diversity award committee, our sincerest congratulations to the Moore School and USC on being recognized with this prestigious national honor,” said Lenore Pearlstein, publisher at Insight Into Diversity magazine. “This year’s honorees truly are an inspiration to all of us who are working so diligently to make a difference in the lives of all individuals from underrepresented groups.”

Deborah Hazzard, Moore School associate dean for access, opportunity and community engagement, said in recent years their focus has been on data gathering and analysis, as well as drawing insights from data to better understand the context and opportunities at the Moore School. The data ultimately informed the creation of impactful initiatives for South Carolina students to thrive in college.

“Recognizing the importance of building inclusive pipelines and pathways to higher education and global business leadership ranks, we began to create and launch collaborative efforts several years ago that leverage high impact practices to enhance student success within and beyond the classroom,” Hazzard said. “In partnership with a plethora of stakeholders, we provide tailored instruction, dedicated resources and customized programming for our South Carolina resident students through the Rising Scholars program and Business Success Academy as they are underrepresented here at the Moore School. We are honored that Insight Into Diversity has recognized our successes with this prestigious national award.”

The Moore School’s award-winning Rising Scholars program is an initiative specifically tailored to connect South Carolina students pursuing degrees within the Moore School with essential opportunities and resources on campus. Incoming first-year students selected for the program will become part of a cohort of motivated individuals dedicated to honing the skills needed to become successful leaders. 

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The other award-winning program, the Business Success Academy, is a five-day residential initiative offering a highly interactive and engaging experience for rising high school juniors and seniors in South Carolina and some incoming first-year students who are also incoming Rising Scholars. Tailored to provide participants with insights into various facets and functional areas of business, the program offers a glimpse into the life of a Moore School student. Throughout the summer residential experience, participants receive high-level, focused instruction in core business courses including accounting, economics, data analytics and business communications.

Learn more about the Moore School’s Office of Access, Opportunity, and Community Engagement. »

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