The Robert Day School of Economics and Finance

The Robert Day Scholars Program

Jessica Fox
"Not only did the variety of finance courses that I completed as a Robert Day Scholar give me an edge over other new hires when starting my consulting career, the multi-disciplinary focus of additional required courses also gave me a deeper respect and understanding of the less glamorous and more subtle forces that drive the business world."
—Jessica Fox, CMC'09

The Robert Day Scholars Program prepares highly motivated students for leadership roles in a variety of industries, including financial services, consulting, and not-for-profit organizations. By completing coursework that provides students with the fundamental skills necessary to navigate complex organizations, Robert Day Scholars graduate with the opportunity to excel at the start of their careers.

Since the first class of graduates in 2009, the Robert Day Scholars Program has provided selected Claremont College students with academic and professional development programming designed to support future success in leadership positions across disciplines and industries.  Extensive co-curricular programming reinforces program academic requirements and a merit-based scholarship has accompanied selection. 


We will be hosting Class of 2018 Robert Day Scholars Program Information Sessions in the Bauer Center Founders Room at the following times:

  • Wednesday, December 2, 2015 from 12:15 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, December 3, 2015 from 12:15 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Refreshments will be available at each information session.

Curriculum:  This highly respected Program is actually a set of programs offering varying levels of curricular depth in finance, accounting and organizational behavior/leadership.  Curricular options are as follows:

BA Scholars: This program requires one year each of finance, accounting and organizational behavior/leadership complementing Claremont College undergraduate degree programs;  

BA/MA Scholars: This accelerated option enables completion of the Master’s Program in Finance (MA) concurrently with earning one’s undergraduate degree at CMC.  This program requires a total of 36 credits and completion of an approved summer internship; and

MA Scholars: This stand-alone program allows Claremont College and other college graduates to complete a Master's degree in finance in one year. 

Scholars are expected to maintain academic excellence after selection.  The CMC catalog details the academic standards required for success in each program.

Selection:  Selection to each of the Robert Day Scholars Programs is highly competitive and is based on demonstrated academic excellence and leadership potential.  The application deadlines and number of students selected in each class have varied slightly, as have requirements for assessment exercises and/or interviews as part of the selection process. 

Selection of the Class of 2018 BA and BA/MA Robert Day Scholars is tentatively scheduled for the spring of 2016 pending completion of ongoing program reviews.  CMC President Chodosh shared his thoughts on possible changes to the design of the Scholars Program in a letter to the CMC community at the start of the Fall 2015 semester.  That letter can be read here.

Robert Day Scholars are also provided with, and actively participate in, a rich program of leadership development activities. These activities - including guest speakers, networking trips, and workshops - are designed to provide students with an understanding of the importance of a strong ethical foundation in decision-making settings and to broaden their skill sets in areas such as leadership and communications.

Please use the links below to see the list of recently announced Robert Day Scholars.

Class of 2017 Robert Day Scholars

Class of 2016 Robert Day Scholars

Class of 2015 Robert Day Scholars

Class of 2014 Robert Day Scholars

Class of 2013 Robert Day Scholars