Deloitte Scholars Program
The Deloitte Scholars Program is a sponsored program of the Notre Dame Deloitte Center for Ethical Leadership that recognizes a select number of Mendoza College of Business students who not only excel in their studies but who also demonstrate an interest in understanding honorable business and in becoming ambassadors of the Deloitte Center, of Mendoza, and of Notre Dame. They are students who wish to explore what it means to be an ethical business professional and who wish to incorporate into their professional lives the responsibilities and obligations of ethical leadership. Deloitte Scholars are expected to take part in Deloitte Center activities. They are also expected to enroll each semester in the one-credit Deloitte Scholars Colloquium, which meets once weekly and provides an opportunity for small-group discussion, close interaction with distinguished faculty and business leaders, and personalized networking opportunities. Meals, books, and other supplies are provided by the Deloitte Center. Admission to the Deloitte Scholars Program is competitive and requires submission of an application.
The application asks for information about the applicant (name and contact information, major(s) and minor(s), GPA, and awards and distinctions), as well as brief answers to the following questions (300 words maximum each):
1. How would understanding what honorable business is enrich your future career?
2. In what way could you be an ambassador for the Deloitte Center, for Mendoza, and for Notre Dame?
Letters and nominations from faculty members are not required, but are welcome.
The application portal for the 2023-2023 cohort is now open! Please apply here before 11:59pm on March 22, 2022.
The 2021-2022 Class of Deloitte Scholars
Class of 2024 (Management Consulting major, minor in Sociology & Data Science)
"The Deloitte Scholars program shapes students into inquisitive and honorable leaders, who are armed with a considered understanding of ethical frameworks and who are prepared to tackle complex moral problems in business. Our conversations with academics and professionals prepare us to connect with our future colleagues and ultimately lead others in fulfilling the mission of the Mendoza College of Business … to 'grow the good in business'."
Class of 2023 (Finance & History)
"I enjoy the opportunity to explore complex topics amongst a group of intellectually curious peers. Our discussions have spanned a wide range of fascinating topics centered around ethics. I come away from each meeting having been exposed to perspectives I had not yet considered."
Class of 2023 (Finance & Economics)
"Business has the potential to be one of the greatest forces for good in society. In the Deloitte Scholars program, we are challenged to think beyond skills and facts and engage in meaningful discussions about ethics, fulfillment, and the moral implications of business. There is so much more to learn, but this program has certainly inspired me to want to ‘grow the good in business’!"
Class of 2024 (Finance major, minor in Real Estate)
"The Deloitte Scholars Program has provided a wide range of readings and speakers which have cultivated thoughtful and unifying dialogue. It is exciting to delve into various disciplines, while exploring their intersection with ethics. This is exactly what I hoped for when I applied, and I couldn’t be happier with my experience."
Class of 2023 (Finance & Theology)
"The Deloitte Scholars program has been a fantastic experience thus far, allowing me to further pursue the good in business and better discern what I want to achieve with my career. Through the diverse readings, discussions, and speakers we have had in class, I have benefited greatly from keeping an ethical mindset and ensuring that I find value beyond simply monetary value in my pursuit of virtuous success moving forward."
Class of 2022 (Finance major, minor in Constitutional Studies)
"The Deloitte Scholars Program has given me the opportunity to form great friendships with people I had previously only recognized around campus. The discussions are always especially thought provoking, and I leave having considered more deeply what it is I want to do with my career and my life, so that I can use my talents and skills to contribute to the common good through my work."
Class of 2024 (Accountancy major, minor in Italian)
" I chose to be a part of the Deloitte Scholars Program because it serves as an enriching opportunity for my peers and I to collaborate and discuss what it means to engage in honorable business as well as to learn how we can apply the principles of said discussions to our own specific vocations."
Class of 2022 (Finance & Applied and Computational Mathematics & Statistics)
"The Deloitte Scholars program provides the opportunity to critically examine the role of morality and ethics in business, fostering an environment where peers can discuss challenging topics that go beyond a classroom education. I am so grateful to be a part of this program because it inspires honest, intellectual conversation and helps me explore the purpose of a future career in business."
Class of 2024 (Finance major, minor in Russian)
"I have decided to apply for the Deloitte Scholars to debate on how our academic and business decisions can benefit the society the most and how we can build ethical businesses in a more efficient manner."
Class of 2023 (Accountancy & Economics majors, minor in Data Science)
"I started truly grappling with the challenge of practicing ethical business in Professor Otteson's "Why Business" course last spring and the Deloitte Scholars Colloquium has been a great extension of that experience. I enjoy the breadth of the topics we discuss—from our whole system of political economy to our individual choices within that system—as well as the rigorous, thoughtful conversations (and sometimes debates) that we have."
Class of 2022 (Business Analytics major, minors in Philosophy & Constitutional Studies)
"The Deloitte Scholars Colloquium provides a wonderful forum for bringing together intellectually curious students and diverse ideas in order to robustly discuss ethical and moral questions about business and how the profession can best serve the common good. By having these discussions now in undergrad, Deloitte Scholars are preparing for the demands of ethical leadership in the future."
Class of 2023 (Philosophy major, minor in Constitutional Studies)
"I decided to apply (beg to be the only non-mendoza student) because I have an interest in ethics and practical applications of ethics relating to business and labor. This program seemed like a great way for me to supplement my more theoretical philosophical studies with concrete examples and situations from real-world leaders across business functions. I especially enjoy small group discussions and hope to learn from others interested in similar things."
Class of 2024 (Finance & Economics)
"I applied to be a Deloitte Scholar because I was looking to diversify my academic experience within Mendoza and discern if business would be able to provide personal and moral fulfillment as a career. It has been impactful to interact with many different professors and authors who all have found purpose and vocation in business while dedicating themselves to protecting ethics and responsibility."
Class of 2022 (Finance & Applied and Computational Math & Statistics majors, minor in Constitutional Studies)
"The Deloitte Scholars program has been instrumental in enriching my understanding of the purpose of business: to serve the human person. Commerce, when done right, can truly transform lives and communities. Engaging in these conversations about honorable business is something I believe all Mendoza students would benefit from!"
Class of 2023 (Business Analytics & English)
"As a student with an interest in Business Ethics, being able to participate in discussions with such bright students, guest speakers, and professors has been such a strong growth opportunity for me. The Deloitte Scholars Colloquium, in combination with my other Mendoza courses, continually inspires me to seek out opportunities that will not only result in my personal betterment but that will also create the most value for others."
Class of 2023 (Finance major, minor in Constitutional Studies)
"The Deloitte Scholars Program has given me the opportunity to deepen my understanding of the role of business in society and consider my own role as a future business leader. Through the readings, presentations, and discussions in the Colloquium, I have been challenged to confront contemporary issues in business ethics and have developed a framework for thinking of honorable business as a means to serve society."
Class of 2023 (Marketing major, minor in Sociology)
"The Deloitte Scholars Program has granted me the unique opportunity to expand my own thinking and allowed me to think deeply on the salience of morality and ethics in my future career aspirations. I applied with hopes to gain a better understanding of ethical business and the moral implications of a career in this field and have been able to do just that."
Class of 2023 (Finance & Economics)
"The Deloitte Scholars Program has enriched my education through an additional emphasis on promoting Mendoza's core value: growing the good in business. In discussions regarding morality and its role in society, we work to discover how our passion can shape our vocation within the scope of business."
Class of 2024 (Management Consulting & Psychology)
"The Deloitte Scholars Program provides an opportunity to further reflect on the role of business in our personal lives and the larger world. Through presentations, readings, and discussion, we are able to collaborate with high-powered and inquisitive students to discover our purpose in business, which will be an integral part of our purpose in life."
John Sebastian Thorn
Class of 2022 (Business Analytics majors, minor in Medieval Studies)
"When I first heard about the Deloitte Scholars program, I was interested in how it was working to further the undergraduate development of ethical business in Mendoza. Now that I am part of the colloquium, not only do the readings, speakers, and discussions on honorable business help me expand my business education, but I am learning new things about how I want to go about my career."
The 2020-2021 Class of Deloitte Scholars
Class of 2023 (Finance)
"I am extremely passionate about the important things in my life—family, Notre Dame, NBA basketball, water skiing, finance, and ethics."
Isabel Bolanos Torrebiarte
Class of 2022 (Finance)
"I hope to keep exploring and better understanding what being part of an underrepresented group means in the financial and investment management world to be a voice and an inspiration to those that have traditionally not been heard enough."
Class of 2023 (Finance major, minors in European Studies and Philosophy, Politics, and Economics)
"What sets a Notre Dame business education apart from the rest is the unique opportunity to broaden one’s perspectives on the practice of honorable business through thought-provoking readings and discussions in the Deloitte Scholars Colloquium, and also in Professor Otteson’s “Why Business” course; we have the necessary insights and skills, so now it is up to us to be good stewards and leaders of positive change in the business world!"
Class of 2023 (Finance)
"The Deloitte Scholars Program has given me the unique opportunity to engage with fascinating and intellectually stimulating texts, invited guest speakers, and other students, ultimately helping me refine my long term career goals."
Class of 2023 (Management Consulting)
"The Deloitte Scholars Program provided me with a place to both discover and sort through the diverse understandings of how to engage in virtuous business and has better equipped me to be a force for good when I enter into the business world."
Class of 2021 (Business Analytics)
"My time at Mendoza, particularly with the Deloitte Scholars program, has been instrumental in shaping my understanding and desire to approach my career in business as a vocation; there is much more to learn, but I am excited to grow the good in business after I graduate this year!"
Class of 2023 (Accountancy and Psychology majors, minors in Sustainability and Computing & Digital Technologies)
"The Deloitte Scholars program has inspired me to expand my interest in audit to enhance the good in business through applying sustainability practice and Environmental Social Governance reporting."
Class of 2023 (Finance)
"The synthesis of the Deloitte Scholars Program and Professor Otteson's "Why Business?" course has empowered me to appreciate the purpose of business to grow the good in the world, and specifically from a platform of finance; this is a stance I plan to wield not only in pursuit of my career goals, but more importantly to the benefit of those around me."
Class of 2022 (Management Consulting)
"The greatest source of public good in the world is business. Ethical business creates more value for society than any government or nonprofit ever could."
Class of 2022 (Business Analytics)
"Deloitte Scholars has been a phenomenally enriching opportunity to grow in wisdom and community with some of Mendoza's brightest minds — through our discussions, I have developed a better understanding of how my role as a businessperson helps me honorably contribute to the unfolding of Creation."
Class of 2023 (Management Consulting)
"The Deloitte Scholars Program has served as a forum in which I can debate and consider the moral implications of a career in business, and the opportunity to do so with such a great group of students and staff has truly been a highlight of my time at Notre Dame thus far."