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Entrepreneurship Scholarships

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The Lewis Becker Fund (Book Scholarship)

A sophomore. junior, or senior minoring in entrepreneurship, minimum 2.65 GPA and demonstrate future promise, demonstrated financial need.

George and Joan Howick Entrepreneurship Scholarship

A junior majoring in journalism, biology, or chemistry with a minor in entrepreneurship, demonstrated fidelity to the U.S., demonstrated interest in entrepreneurship.

Joan and George Howick Entrepreneurship Scholarship

A junior majoring in art, music, or VCT with a minor in entrepreneurship, demonstrated fidelity to the U.S., demonstrated interest in entrepreneurship.

Gary A. Schuetz Entrepreneurial Scholarship

A sophomore, junior, or senior minoring in entrepreneurship, minimum 3.00 GPA, demonstrated that student is working to support educational expenses. Preference given to students from Illinois.

Norman R. Seaman Scholarship

A junior majoring in business administration, minimum GPA of 2.75, demonstrated leadership in campus, community, or entrepreneurial endeavors, essay on entrepreneurial opportunity required.

Applicants for the Norman R. Seaman Scholarship are required to write an original essay on a topic in the area of entrepreneurial opportunity.  Appropriate topics are limited only by the writer's imagination.  There is no required length for the essay, but less than 2500 words is typical.  The selection committee will give significant weight to the substance and quality of the essay submitted.

Sample essay topics (these are intended to be suggestive, not limiting):

  • Property Rights and Free Enterprise
  • Intellectual Property and Free Enterprise
  • Case Study of an American Entrepreneur
  • The Role of and Need for Venture Capital in the American Economic System
  • Family-Owned Entrepreneurships
  • What Do We Mean by "Entrepreneurship?"
  • Women Entrepreneurs
  • The Right To Fail:  Key to Entrepreneurial Action?
  • The Succession Problem in Entrepreneurial Businesses
  • Why Entrepreneurs Leave Large Corporations
  • Cultural Values Which Beget Entrepreneurship

Joseph Frank Ziemianski Entrepreneur Scholarship

A sophomore, junior, or senior minoring in entrepreneurship, preference to students working full or part-time to support their educational expenses and/or students who are actively involved in the campus community, an essay on why enrolled in the entrepreneurship minor is required.

Entrepreneurship Graduating Senior of the Year Award

A graduating senior (May, August, or December)

minoring in entrepreneurship, minimum 2.5 GPA, exemplify the entrepreneurial spirit through attitude, academics, and extracurricular activities.  Must be nominated by an entrepreneurship faculty member to apply.