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Each year, The faculty and staff of the professional and personal development department in the Jay S. Sidhu School of Business and Leadership at Wilkes University select the top students in each grade level to become one of 9 recipients of the Outstanding Leaders Scholarship Program: The Sidhu Scholars.
The Outstanding Leaders Scholarship Program is one example of the University's continued efforts to identify and educate tomorrow's leaders so they can make a positive impact on their lives and the lives of others. Through a variety of leadership programs at the undergraduate, M.B.A., and executive education level, the Sidhu School strongly encourages excellence of character and strives to develop exemplary qualities, including intellectual curiosity, emotional intelligence, and authentic leadership.
Sidhu Scholar experiences include a full-day leadership training, an international trip, a yearly field trip, dinner at the dean's house, and a yearly banquet.
Full Day Leadership Training: Held each fall, this event teaches Sidhu Scholars about character, emotional intelligence, team building, and authentic leadership. This experience utilizes Wilkes University's high and low ropes courses. Speakers from northeast Pennsylvania aid in student's leadership development.
International Trip: Each student receives financial help during his or her junior year to participate in an international experience. Faculty and staff from the Sidhu School mentor each student to ensure his or her voyage takes into account unique interests and passions.
Yearly Field Trip: During the spring term, students participate in a leadership-oriented field trip.
In 2012, our students and staff will be traveling to Philadelphia, PA to meet with Brian Linton, Eco-Entrepreneur and founder of Loft District-based United by Blue sustainable apparel.
In 2011, our students and staff traveled to Hoboken, NJ to visit Carlos' Bakery (home of the Cake Boss Buddy Valastro), then onward to NYC where they experienced a private tour of the Museum of Modern Art, followed by Wall Street for a team-building, business-minded scavenger hunt sponsored by Watson Adventures, then to the New York Stock Exchange for a private seminar and view of the trading floor, and finally to the Federal Reserve for the History of Money and FedWorks exhibits.
In 2010, our students and staff traveled to Washington, DC where they met with Congressman Kanjorski in his DC office, enjoyed lunch with distinguished alumni at Bull Feathers of Capitol Hill, took a segway tour of the Washington Mall area, and shared dinner with friends of Wilkes at the ESPN SportsZone.
In 2009, students and staff embarked on an NEPA-rich experience; meeting with the owners and operators of the beautiful and historic Settler's Inn located in Hawley, PA, and a team-building cooking challenge with Chef Alice in the Poconos.
In 2008, students traveled to New York & Company's corporate headquarters located in New York City, NY to meet with human resources professionals, and Wilkes Alumni to discuss corporate cultures, hiring procedures, and the inner-workings of the retail business. The trip was rounded out with lunch at the historic Manganero's Grocery, and a leadership building adventure at the Trapeze School of New York.
In 2007, students traveled to Citizen Bank Park in Philadelphia to meet with executives from the Philadelphia Phillies organization. They learned leadership lessons from a variety of speakers and enjoyed a behind the scenes tour of the stadium operations. The trip was capped with a tour of downtown South Street and cheese steaks from the "world-famous" Pat's and Geno's restaurants.
Dinner at the Dean's House: This is a unique opportunity for students to enjoy a wonderful meal at the dean's house. The small number of invitees allows each student time with the dean of the Sidhu School, chair of the Sidhu School, director of Leadership Education for the Sidhu School and a local entrepreneur as an honored guest. This personal experience allows for a meaningful mentoring opportunity.
Yearly Banquet: At the end of each academic year, students are recognized for their accomplishments throughout the year.