Troy & Unnice Alley
"Giving is like a boomerang, it just keeps coming back to you"
Troy and Unnice Alley envisioned an organization that would assist deserving minority students with their education and career goals by providing scholarships, networking and career opportunities. As a result, the Alley Scholars a non-profit organization was founded in 2010. This organization is supported by the Troy and Unnice Alley Foundation along with the Gerald and Candace Alley Foundation. The Alley Scholars Summit offers personal development forums, job fairs and internship programs. It also hosts the Alley Scholars Shark Tank Challenge Business Plan Competition which allows aspiring collegiate entrepreneurs to receive feedback from professional judges.
Over +3000 students have attended our annual summit and +$50,000 has been given out through our Shark Tank Challenge to support young minority entrepreneurship!
Things We Offer Our Scholars
Stories from Successful Scholars
Previous summit speakers have included Fortune 100 & 500 C-Suite Executives, Technological Entrepreneurs, NASA astronauts, and Professional sport franchise owners.
Our panelist lead discussions on diverse topics facing today's students transitioning into the corporate world.
Students acquire insights, motivation, and guidance in various aspects of careers progression from successful minority industry leaders
With both internship and full-time positions, our sponsored companies provide many career opportunities for our select group of scholars giving them a unique experience.
We welcome all contributions to assist in educating our deserving scholars! When you give to the Alley Scholars, you're helping shape and develop future minority world changers. Contributions regularly makes an enduring and lasting difference in the lives of deserving students around the nation. Please fill out the form below and select the patron level you would like to contribute:
A Message from Rosalind Brewer, President and CEO of Sam’s Club
The Alley Scholars Programs aspire to develop today's best and brightest minority students into tomorrow's business and engineering leaders. Our flagship program, the Alley Scholars Summit brings together select students from colleges and universities across the country and professionals across the nation to participate in leadership development workshops and networking activities. In addition, we host the Alley Scholars Innovation Challenge a competition focused on business plan development and social entrepreneurship, culminating in a presentation to venture capitalist judges. Throughout this challenge scholars have the opportunity to hone their entrepreneurial mindset and business presentation for a chance at winning prizes.
2019 Alley Scholars Summit
- Date: Saturday, March 2, 2019
- Location: McCastlain Hall--201 Donaghey Ave, Conway, AR 72035
- Registration Deadline: Extended to February 15, 2019
- Please Note: Students and Professional Mixers/Networkers should arrive for registration at 9:30 AM
2019 Alley Scholars Summit Preliminary Agenda
- Strong Academic Credentials - GPA Minimum of 3.0 or Currently under academic scholarship
- Active involvement in at least 1 campus organization
- Demonstrated leadership, problem solving, and strong verbal and written communication skills
2019 Alley Scholars Innovation Challenge
The Alley Scholars Innovation Challenge is a case study focused on generating creative solutions to real world business problems. Our goal is to deliver a world-class learning experience through a hands-on business case, while providing networking opportunities to connect students with current leaders in the academic/business professions. We look to enhance the business, communication, and teamwork skills of participants through a challenging case competition and workshop series. Students will be paired into teams with other participants and academic/business professionals to generate solutions and present them to a panel of experts.
2019 Innovation Challenge Prizes: