Michigan Finance Scholars (MFS) Program

The Finance department at Central Michigan University is committed to establishing a path that takes ambitious and driven undergraduate students at the College of Business and prepares them for top finance careers in investment banking, corporate finance, asset management, consulting, commercial banking and other fields.  The goal of the program is two-pronged.  First, prepare our scholars to be well-qualified candidates to get top internships and entry-level positions in the finance industry.  Second, equip them with soft and hard skills to ensure continued success and growth in their careers.

Key Features

  • Monthly, 4-hour Saturday workshops with faculty to advance technical finance skills
    • Business case studies with Dr. Brad Taylor
    • Working with Dr. Jim Felton in the Bloomberg lab to make investment decisions for the student-managed $2 million fund
  • Campus visits by distinguished alumni and professionals
    • Visiting speakers
    • Brown bag lunches
    • Professional mentors
    • Preferred access to internships
  • Regular Wednesday morning seminars to prepare students to further develop their soft & hard skills
    • Excel workshops offered by industry professionals and alumni
    • Enhancing intrapersonal skills, improving Emotional Intelligence and workplace behavior offered by CMU’s career resource center
  • Additional assignments during winter/spring/summer breaks to solidify fundamental accounting and finance skills
  • Optional study sections and scholarships for students interested in taking the CFA level I. Students registered to take the CFA exam may receive credit for Independent Study, replacing an elective course requirement

Who Should Apply?

The Michigan Finance Scholars program admits 12-16 undergraduate students (mostly juniors).  The program is rigorous and seeks to identify the most ambitious and driven students.


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