KENAN SCHOLARS

Future Business Leaders Committed to Changing the World for the Better

Kenan Scholars pose atop the North Carolina State Capitol Building in Raleigh. Scholars met with state legislators and officials at the North Carolina Department of Commerce.

Lew Ebert, president and CEO of the North Carolina Chamber of Commerce fields questions from Kenan Scholars during a “Lunch and Learn” session at the Kenan Center.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper addresses attendees, including Kenan Scholars, during the inaugural North Carolina Investment Forum.

Kenan Scholar Jordan Mareno carries Blessy, her six-year-old house sister, while on a summer trip to Uganda where she worked with the nonprofit Mountains of Hope Children’s Ministries. The Kenan Scholars Program helped Jordan connect with the nonprofit and completely funded her trip.


Each year, the Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise distinguishes a small group of incoming undergraduate and MBA students as Kenan Scholars. Students are selected for their superior scholarship and genuine interest in putting the private sector to work for the public good. Scholars supplement classroom learning with internships, field trips, research experiences, networking and mentoring. They engage with prominent leaders in business, academia, policy and government to gain real-world experiences that advance their problem-solving and leadership abilities. The Kenan Scholars Program enhances the Carolina experience and prepares students to succeed in a diverse world and interconnected global economy.

The program maintains two tracks: Kenan Scholars and MBA Kenan Scholars.