Thriving Graue Scholar Program Enhances College Experience
The Graue Scholar Program (GSP) is much more than a scholarship program. It is a unique educational opportunity that connects students to faculty and alumni with a goal of delivering a college experience like no other.
There are five to 10 Graue Scholars selected for membership annually. Once Graue Scholars are selected, they continue their membership throughout their academic and professional career.
The GSP was established to honor and recognize the extensive contributions of Erwin Graue to the College of Business and Economics (CBE). Graue was a University of Idaho faculty member from 1928-65. Former U of I President J. Buchanan described Graue as “a rigorous teacher of exceptional caliber, as demanding upon himself as he is upon his students."
CBE dean and mentor to the Graue Scholars Mario Reyes says learning about Graue is critical for students to understand just how prestigious the program is and the demeanor by which they are held accountable.
“Dr. Erwin Graue, who many adored as a mentor, a teacher,and as an advisor, was very impactful of the lives of many of our current alumni in the College of Business and Economics during their time here,” Reyes said.
Junior Nathan Bristol and Graue Scholar president for 2015-16, who is earning a degree in operations management and with a minor in statistics and entrepreneurship, said that receiving his invitation to be a member of the GSP helped him confirm his decision to attend U of I.
“During my college tour, I learned about the Graue Scholars, what they do, the trips they go on and their interactions with alumni,” Bristol said. “Every single individual I met in the group was so passionate about the program that it was just another reason for me to attend U of I.”
Serving on a board of students that interact closely with faculty and staff to ensure that necessary changes are made for the benefit of the college excited Bristol.
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“We helped create the oath for the entire business school,” Bristol said. “Every business student will take an oath by that new code of ethics.”
When Bristol was making his decision to attend U of I, he factored in every aspect of a valuable college experience and noticed that the difference in price was negligible.
“I noticed that the biggest difference was the type of programs they offered,” he said. “I’m now apart of the Graue Scholars, the Davis Investment Group and my fraternity, Kappa Sigma. All these programs where really important for me and for my college career, especially coming in as a freshman. These programs are crucial for new students and I’m really happy to be able to be the next leader of the Graue Scholars.”
Former student president of the Graue Scholars Emily Mulhall, who is earning a double major in accounting and finance, fell in love with the Moscow campus and community upon her first visit.
“Being a Graue has made a huge impact on my college career. I have met a great group of peers that I would not have otherwise had the chance to work with,” Mulhall said. “Also, being a Graue gives us access to the dean and all the faculty, which means I have been able to create and develop relationships with all of the professors in the CBE.”
The GSP offers students vital knowledge on how good business practices are put into use on both a local and global scale. The Graue Scholars go on a few trips, or “learning journeys,” as they are referred to by Reyes, every year and the experiences are transformational to a student’s education in business and economics.
“All of the various businesses we have visited have allowed the Graues behind-the-scenes access to some amazing companies that we may someday work for,” Mullhal said. “For instance, visiting companies like Starbucks, Nike, Deloitte, Bank of America, Adidas and Sony Playstation were very unique opportunities I never would have had the chance to see in the same way on my own.”
Mulhall has long been interested in working in the area of corporate finance. During her college career, Mulhall was able to get an internship at Boeing Airlines in Seattle in the area of business operations for flight services. After her internship at Boeing, they offered her a job. Mulhall is now a full-time employee at Boeing, working in her dream job to meet and exceed her career goals.
The GSP offers students vital knowledge on how good business practices are put into use on both a local and global scale.
“I think the high quality education I have received at the U of I was a huge reason I landed the internship and subsequent job at Boeing,” Mulhall said.“I was able to connect with a Graue Scholar alumnus who also works at Boeing. He was apart of a prestigious rotational program within Boeing and through the help of other Graues, I was able to use him as a resource to prepare for my interview.”
The GSP is much more than a club or scholarship. It’s an immersive and rewarding program that gives CBE students the ability to make a difference and affect real change within the program and in the world at large.
“It has contributed greatly to my college career and I cherish the Graues and the connections I have made through the program,” she said. “I honestly had the most perfect college experience. I found my time here at U of I full of challenges, unique opportunities, and incredible relationships. My college career was extremely rewarding and I look forward to reaping the benefits of this fine education for many years to come.”