Zipperman Scholars

Zipperman Scholars Program

Established in spring 2008, the Zipperman Scholars Program is a competitive extracurricular program designed to give first year and sophomore pre-business majors additional exposure to MIS and job opportunities in the field.

  • A $100 stipend for the first three semesters of active participation
  • Participation in real-world IT experiences
  • Special gatherings with MIS faculty and distinguished Eller guests
  • Opportunities to shadow executives and IT professionals 
  • Networking with business professionals, faculty, and students
  • Opportunities for MIS-related internships
  • Opportunities to participate in IT training programs
  • A stronger professional resume
  • Assistance for the admission process to the Eller College Professional Program
  • Ability to apply for the Advanced Zipperman Scholars (AZA) Program to prepare for a career in consultancy
  • As a ZipS, you can apply for a double major upon admission to the Professional Program as long as one of the majors is MIS. ZipS are the only students in Eller who have the opportunity to declare a double major when you apply for advanced standing in the Eller College of Management.

The Zipperman Program is generously supported by Walt Zipperman, president of DAZ Systems (now part of Accenture). DAZ Systems specializes in Oracle E-Business Suite and leverages industry experience to provide mission-critical business solutions to small and medium sized enterprises. With over 350 successful implementations, DAZ is the largest Oracle Partner in the Western US and provides a variety of proven methodologies and a staff of experienced Oracle professionals for its customer implementations.

"I am honored to be able to provide this exciting opportunity for outstanding Eller freshmen and sophomores to explore the growing field of MIS and the many significant and challenging IT job opportunities available in business today."

— Walt Zipperman

All ZipS are required to participate in at least 7 qualifying events (2 of which are social events) each semester to maintain their active status in the program as well as submit a 1,000-word minimum reflection paper about their experiences in the ZipS program. Leaving an event halfway through the presentation will not count towards the 7 minimum qualifying events. Out of respect for the presenters and staff who organize the events, it is important that you follow through with your commitments. We understand emergency and personal matters occur and ask that you contact us within an appropriate time so we can adjust.

How to RSVP

Zipperman Scholars RSVP/register for events through eSMS. Here’s how:

  1.  Use your NetID to log in:
  2.  Select “New RSVP” in the menu bar at the top of the screen.
  3.  For “What type of appointment are you seeking?” choose “Workshop”, then search.
  4.  Choose events from the list.

Through the eSMS system you can view and manage your event registrations throughout the semester. Set your notification preferences in eSMS to receive text or email reminders. If you need to cancel a registration, make sure to do so at least 72 hours in advance.

The No-Show Policy

A no-show is a student who RSVPs for an event but doesn't show up. ZipS who have 2 no-shows will lose their $100 stipend, with the possibility of being removed from the program. To prevent being penalized for no-shows, always cancel an event registration at least 72 hours in advance.

How to Cancel

If you have registered for an event and then find that you are unable to attend, you must cancel your registration in order to avoid being counted as a no-show for the event. 

  • If you are cancelling at least one day before the event, log in to eSMS to manage your registration.
  • In case of emergency that requires a same-day cancellation, email Brandon Marshall.

As a Zipperman Scholar, you can apply for a double major upon admission to the Professional Program as long as one of the majors is MIS. ZipS are the only students in Eller who have the opportunity to double major from the time of acceptance. If you are applying this semester, contact Brandon Marshall so he can give your name to the Undergraduate Programs office.

Please click on the button below to apply to the Zipperman Scholars program. The application deadline is August 27, 2024.

Note: You cannot apply for the program if you intend to apply for Eller Professional Admission in the Fall 2024 semester.

You can also learn more about the program through its Instagram and LinkedIn pages.


Fall 2024 Events

Welcome Back Event
(mandatory, no event credit)
Friday, September 6th
McClelland Hall Atrium
MIS Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Hsinchun Chen
(45 spots available)
Monday, September 9th
(Food will be provided.)
McClelland Hall, Room 214
Social Event: Bowling
(9 spots available)
Thursday, September 26th
Bowlero Tucson
MIS Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Sudha Ram Tuesday, September 24th
(Food willl be provided.)
MIS Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Laura Brandimarte Tuesday, October 1st
(Food will be provided.)
Social Event: Moonlight Hike Wednesday, October 2nd Meet at UA Rec Center
Fashion + MIS: Connecting Industries
(25 spots available)
Wednesday, October 16th
(Food will be provided.)
Arizona Cardinals Panel and Game Monday, October 21st State Farm Stadium
Social Event: Rock Climbing Saturday, October 26th Meet at UA Rec Center
Visit to Shamrock and Paradox
(22 spots available)
Thursday, October 31st
Social Event: Game Day Saturday, November 9th McClelland Hall Atrium
Closing Event
(mandatory, no event credit)
Friday, November 15th
Silver and Sage Room

*Please note that this schedule is subject to change.

Interested in finding out more about this program? Email Brandon Marshall, director of the Zipperman Scholars program, at