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Xavier and Tina Williams Summer Youth Business Academy


Summer Youth Business Academy logoThe Xavier and Tina Williams Summer Youth Business Academy, to be held June 15-19, 2014, brings young men and women from high schools in Pennsylvania and across the United States to the Edinboro University campus for five days of workshops, field trips and social events designed to introduce them to the field of business.

Academy students enjoy immersive seminars focused on team building, business strategy, management, finance, marketing and problem-solving, as well as financial planning for college. They also meet with faculty from the EU School of Business and regional business leaders, tour a local company, and engage in team-building activities.

students from Business AcademyThe Academy's culminating activity is the presentation of a business plan the students develop throughout the week-long camp. For the activity, the young scholars are put in groups and asked to create a product to solve a common problem in society and devise a plan for how to effectively build and market a product. They assume roles within the company (President, Vice President of Marketing, Director of Finance, etc.) and present their business plans to the group and a panel of judges comprised of faculty and business leaders. 

At the conclusion of the Academy, parents are invited to join the Academy participants for an awards ceremony where each student is awarded a certificate of achievement and the judges declare award winner(s) for their business plans and presentations. The students relax and enjoy their accomplishments over an ice cream social.  



The Xavier and Tina Williams Summer Youth Business Academy invites applications from students currently completing 8th, 9th, or 10th grade.  Applicants should have an interest in business or a related field and in developing leadership skills.

Explore the challenge of creating, building, and managing your own business!  

To apply, students should submit a Student Application and a Teacher/Counselor Recommendation by May 23, 2014 for full consideration.

Cost: Participation in the Academy is valued at $895; however, all participants selected for the Academy are eligible for a substantial academic scholarship from our benefactor.

Scholarship Information: All participants' costs are subsidized through an academic scholarship from our benefactor. Full and Partial need-based scholarships are provided to cover the remaining cost of the Academy.  

For more information, please contact Kerri Watson, Assistant to the Dean in the School of Business, at (814) 732.2460