Kenan Scholars

Scholars

Each year, the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise selects a small group of incoming undergraduate and MBA students as Kenan Scholars.

This elite group of students are recognized for their superior scholarship and genuine interest in putting academics into action, and, as Kenan Scholars, have a unique opportunity to supplement their classroom learning with hands-on leadership and research experiences. This world-class, transformative educational experience enables Kenan Scholars to immerse themselves in a collaborative environment where their subject knowledge, technical skills, individual leadership, and professional talents are challenged and further developed through action learning and active engagement in applied research at the Kenan Institute.

The Institute

The Kenan Institute is committed to translating academics and research into solutions to vital economic issues, and Kenan Scholars are at the front lines of the Kenan Institute’s work.

Pairing up with world-renowned faculty and domain experts at the Institute’s affiliated Centers, Kenan Scholars are privileged to learn directly from these thought leaders. They also work on critical issues that occur in real-world business situations, impacting economic growth and business success. From the start, Scholars are able to apply their studies and experiences, leveraging the Institute’s expertise and unparalleled access to faculty, researchers, entrepreneurs, business leaders, economic development practitioners, and policymakers.

Participation

Guided by their respective domain faculty advisor, and with mentorship from the Kenan Scholars Program director and the Program’s leadership faculty coach, Kenan Scholars enhance their subject expertise, research competencies, and leadership skills through active participation in:

  • Bi-weekly Kenan Scholars group strategy sessions
  • Regular guest speaker luncheon talks
  • Monthly leadership development workshops
  • Weekly check-in, mentoring/coaching sessions with the Program Director
  • Semester-end Retreat

Benefits

In addition, the Scholars benefit from:

  • Individualized, professional leadership development coaching
  • Sharpening performance presence on multiple stages
  • KI’s Onboarding Program workshops featuring Kenan-Flagler professors/subject experts. Topics include: team problem solving, creative design/thinking, marketing, and communications.

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Interested in becoming a Kenan Scholar?

Contact Lingmei Howell
Director of Kenan Scholars Program
Director of Outreach
Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise
lingmei_howell@kenan-flagler.unc.edu • 919.962.2686

The Kenan Institute is committed to translating academics and research into solutions to vital economic issues, and Kenan Scholars are at the front lines of the Kenan Institute’s work.