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Each year, The faculty and staff of the professional and personal development department in the Jay S. Sidhu School of Business and Leadership at Wilkes University select the top students in each grade level to become one of the recipients of the Outstanding Leaders Scholarship Program: The Sidhu Scholars.
The Outstanding Leaders Scholarship Program is one example of the University's continued efforts to identify and educate tomorrow's leaders so they can make a positive impact on their lives and the lives of others. Through a variety of leadership programs at the undergraduate, M.B.A., and executive education level, the Sidhu School strongly encourages excellence of character and strives to develop exemplary qualities, including intellectual curiosity, emotional intelligence, and authentic leadership.
Sidhu Scholar experience includes an enriching educational field experience coordinated by the Sidhu Scholars Program Advisor, Dina Udomsak.
In 2014, our students traveled to NYC where they learned about the grit and determination it took to construct the world's tallest builiding during the Great Depression at the Empire State Building VIP tour, followed by a creativity water color session with renowned Japenese artist Michiyo Fukishima, a lunch and learn with the Dean at the Waldorf Astoria, followed by the a study of being your authentic self in the Broadway stage production of Wicked.
In 2013, our students traveled to NYC where they participated in and met with small business owner of the Mad Men walking tours, lunch and learn at Jin Fong, followed by a study in X and Y management styles in the final stage production of Glengarry Glen Ross starring Al Pacino.
In 2012, our students traveled to Philadelphia, PA to meet with Brian Linton, Eco-Entrepreneur and founder of Loft District-based United by Blue sustainable apparel, lunch and learn with the Dean and met with small business owners of The Wedge and Fig, and explored creativity and the entreprenurial spirit at the Van Gogh exhibit Philadelphia Museum of Art.
In 2011, our students traveled to Hoboken, NJ to visit Carlos' Bakery (home of the Cake Boss Buddy Valastro), then onward to NYC where they experienced a private tour of the Museum of Modern Art, followed by Wall Street for a team-building, business-minded scavenger hunt sponsored by Watson Adventures, then to the New York Stock Exchange for a private seminar and view of the trading floor, and finally to the Federal Reserve for the History of Money and FedWorks exhibits.
In 2010, our students traveled to Washington, DC where they met with Congressman Kanjorski in his DC office, enjoyed lunch with distinguished alumni at Bull Feathers of Capitol Hill, took a segway tour of the Washington Mall area, and shared dinner with friends of Wilkes at the ESPN SportsZone.
In 2009, students embarked on an NEPA-rich experience; meeting with the owners and operators of the beautiful and historic Settler's Inn located in Hawley, PA, and a team-building cooking challenge with Chef Alice in the Poconos.
In 2008, students traveled to New York & Company's corporate headquarters located in New York City, NY to meet with human resources professionals, and Wilkes Alumni to discuss corporate cultures, hiring procedures, and the inner-workings of the retail business. The trip was rounded out with lunch at the historic Manganero's Grocery, and a leadership building adventure at the Trapeze School of New York.
In 2007, students traveled to Citizen Bank Park in Philadelphia to meet with executives from the Philadelphia Phillies organization. They learned leadership lessons from a variety of speakers and enjoyed a behind the scenes tour of the stadium operations. The trip was capped with a tour of downtown South Street and cheese steaks from the "world-famous" Pat's and Geno's restaurants.