Young Women's Business SUmMer Program

What is it?

A week-long residential academic camp for rising female high school seniors to encourage and develop their leadership skills and expose them to business as a major and career path, with an emphasis on areas where women are underrepresented, including leadership. This builds on the Diversity in Business Bridge Program. The Minerva Program will be held July 7-12, 2024 on The University of Alabama campus.

Minerva is designed for high school junior (rising senior) girls, from anywhere, to learn about The University of Alabama, business as a major, and specifically about career paths where women are underrepresented. During the week, students will participate in informative sessions with Culverhouse College of Business faculty and staff, learn about career opportunities in business, build leadership and communication skills, complete a service project and take field trips for experiential learning. Additionally, students will experience campus life and connect with like-minded women interested in business.

Who is eligible?

Female students who are rising high school seniors and interested in learning about a career in business can apply to the program.

How much does the program cost?

The program costs $850 and includes the following: UA residential hall accommodations for five nights, meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner), classroom sessions with UA Culverhouse faculty, expert advice on applying to college (including seminars on admissions requirements, financial aid, and housing), field trips, service project, supplies, Minerva t-shirt, a closing banquet for students and parents, group photo, and certificate of completion.

Full or partial scholarships will be available on a limited basis thanks to the Women in Business Conference sponsors.

How can I apply?

Application Deadline: Apply immediately — limited spots remaining

Before beginning the online application, please complete the checklist below.

  1. Obtain your recommender’s contact information (Full name, email address, and phone number).
    • Recommender must be your principal, counselor or teacher.
    • Relatives may not serve as your recommender.
  2. Resume including your contact information, education, work experience, and any awards and/or honors (optional requirement).
  3. Be prepared to record a video providing the following: (Approximately 1 – 2 minutes long).
    • Full name, School, and Current Grade Level
    • Why are you considering Business as a major in College?
    • How will participation in the Culverhouse Minerva Young Women’s Business Summer Program benefit you?
    • There will be a link inside the application that will take you to a site called Flip to record your video.

Note: Resumes must be in .pdf, .doc, or .docx format. Filenames cannot contain apostrophes or any special characters.

Example: LastnameFirstnameResume.pdf

Applications will open November 1st

Additional questions?

If you have any further questions, please contact Cherie Moman at 205-348-8940 or

Frequently accompanied or represented by an owl as a symbol of knowledge, Minerva is the Roman goddess of wisdom, commerce, the arts, and strategy in war. She is featured on The University of Alabama official corporate seal.