School of Business

Summer Business Academy

  • Are you currently a 9th or 10th grader who wants to explore your business future?
  • Would you like to take a "test drive" of the University experience?
  • Have you thought about what you want to do after high school? 


If so, the Park Summer Business Academy at the School of Business offers a week-long, in-depth look at business, ethics, free enterprise, teamwork, and personal skills that will better prepare you for life after high school and beyond. 

Modeled after our popular “Introduction to Business” course, students will work with Park University Faculty, community business leaders, and members of the Park University School of Business Advisory Council to learn first hand - how to succeed in the real world. 

The Park Summer Business Academy will provide students an overview of business in our modern American society. Through a combination of classroom sessions, field trips, mentoring and team building we will examine the business system, social responsibility, and the functions of management, marketing, personnel, production, accounting, finance investments, insurance, and business law. Students will also be engaged in a team competition project to develop a marketing plan for a “live” case, to be presented on the last day of the Academy.

Students will be hosted on our beautiful Parkville Campus in the new Copley Quad Housing Complex.         

Activities will include team building at PowerPlay; trips to local businesses and a business formal etiquette dinner.

Class of 2013 Team Presentations 

Class of 2012 Team Presentations 

All titles are available on demand at Park University Campus Central
2012 : Team 1: Park Summer Business Academy - "mUVvision"
2012 : Team 2: Park Summer Business Academy - "eBe (easy BOOK cooking)"
2012 : Team 3: Park Summer Business Academy - "My Grocery Shopper"
2012 : Team 4: Park Summer Business Academy - "Trans Pen"


Application Information

Qualifications and Scholarships

The Park Summer Business Academy is limited to 20 students who will be in the 10th or 11th grade in the fall 2014 semester.

  • You should have an interest in business, entrepreneurship, and in learning how to develop your future.
  • Attendees should have at least a 3.0 GPA.
  • The cost is $795 and includes course work, housing, transportation, and all activities and meals.

We have a number of full and partial scholarships available which will be awarded based on financial need. The determination of funding decisions for those seeking financial assistance will begin after the April 30th deadline with receipt of your completed application and the non-refundable deposit fee of $75.

Selection Process

Interested students should apply online (online application for the 2014 Summer Business Academy is not yet available). If you wish to share a dorm room with a friend, complete the Roommate Request section on the application. After review of your application you will be notified of your acceptance status. At that time, you will also receive medical, code of conduct, and parental permission forms that must be completed and returned to confirm your attendance to Summer Business Academy along with payment options.

Arrival on Campus

Plan to arrive on campus no later than noon, Sunday June 8th to unload your gear and get settled. Our Opening Assembly begins promptly at 2:00 pm. The opening assembly sets the stage for what you will experience during the week as you will be introduced to our staff and volunteers and the agenda for the week. We strongly encourage parents and/or guardians to attend.

Program Highlights

  • Learn about BUSINESS and experience college life for a full week
  • Make lasting friendships with like-minded students from the Kansas City region
  • Set personal short and long term goals
  • Tour area businesses
  • Take part in discussions with successful entrepreneurs and top executives
  • Experience fine dining, at an interactive Etiquette Dinner
  • Participate in innovative and FUN Team Building activities
  • Participate in a team Market Plan Competition mentored by a local business executive
  • Listen to motivational speakers, sure to inspire you
  • All Work and No Play??? No, Way!!! Leisure time activities include Laser Tag, Whirly Ball, volleyball tournament, ice cream social, movie night, awards ceremony and more!!!! 

The Park Summer Business Academy is about real world experience for students interested in a career in business; students who have a desire to reach their goals. The Park Summer Business Academy will prepare you for the future; challenge you to develop an entrepreneurial spirit, and to help you appreciate why you're learning what you're being taught in school. You will go forward from the Summer Business Academy with a better understanding of the value of teamwork and self-determination along with an awareness of the various opportunities available should you pursue a degree in business.

Payment Plan

The cost of attending the Park University Summer Business Academy is $795 and is due in full by June 4, 2014. Payment is acceptable by cash, check, or credit card.   A $75 non-refundable deposit will hold your place until the payment deadline.We believe that any student should be able to attend the Park Summer Business Academy even if they are not able to afford the entire tuition fee. For those who qualify, financial assistance may be available.Families applying for financial assistance must request and complete our Financial Assistance Application before June 4, 2014 (funds are available on a first come, first serve basis). Park University is fortunate to have supportive corporate and individual sponsors who want students to attend our programs, and every effort will be made to assist those students who are in need of financial support. Each student receiving financial assistance will be sponsored by a member of our business and civic community.

Cancellation Policy

If for any reason you must cancel, please notify us as soon as possible, particularly if you are awarded scholarship funding so that another student may be attend.

Daily Activities

The Park Summer Business Academy will be held Sunday, June, 8th at 2:00 p.m. (but plan to arrive by noon) and ends Thursday, June 12th at 3:30 p.m. Each day will begin with breakfast at 7:15 a.m. followed by classroom sessions during the morning. Lunch and field trips are scheduled in the afternoon. Each evening students will be served dinner and enjoy team activities as well as have time to prepare for the marketing plan competition on Thursday. On Thursday, June 12th at 1:00 p.m. parents and/or guardians are encouraged to attend the final presentations of the team projects prior to the conclusion of the event and departure from the Parkville Campus by 5:00 p.m.

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