Special Interest Award in Entrepreneurship

The Special Interest Award in Entrepreneurship is designed to support students from all disciplines committed to the study and practice of entrepreneurship.

In addition to supporting individual student entrepreneurs, this award is also aimed at fostering a vibrant, multi-disciplined community of entrepreneurs on campus. Wittenberg's motto, "Having light, we pass it on to others" is central to Wittenberg's approach in educating the next generation of entrepreneurs and change-makers in all aspects of life.

Criteria: The Special Interest Award in Entrepreneurship will be awarded to incoming students who have maintained a cumulative high school GPA of 3.0 or higher and exhibit a strong interest in entrepreneurship and a willingness to engage with Wittenberg's community of student entrepreneurs. Students with prior entrepreneurial experience and a desire to take that experience to the next level in college are especially encouraged to apply.

Amount: $2,000 per year for a total of $8,000 over four years.

Guidelines: Students must submit the Special Interest Award in Entrepreneurship application by the Priority Deadline of December 1 or the Final Deadline of February 1 and write a personal essay explaining how you demonstrate the qualities of entrepreneurial thinking and practice. Your essay should emphasize why you are the best candidate for this award and how you plan to incorporate entrepreneurial study and practice into your college experience. Where appropriate, this essay should align with your planned field of study at Wittenberg.

Deadline to Apply: December 1 (Priority Deadline); February 1 (Final Deadline)

Expectations: Special Interest Awards in Entrepreneurship are renewable annually to students who carry a full-time course load at Wittenberg and maintain satisfactory academic progress and good social standing. As an Entrepreneurial Scholar, recipients will have the opportunity to participate in the Emerging Leaders Program during their freshman year. While award recipients will undoubtedly pursue a wide variety of fields of study, it is expected that all will successfully complete BUSN 200, Entrepreneurship, prior to the end of the sophomore year. Recipients will also have the opportunity to meet with the Entrepreneurship Scholarship Program Coordinator at the beginning of the semester, as well as other Entrepreneurial Scholars.

Mentoring: Entrepreneurial Scholars, regardless of the major being pursued, will have an opportunity to participate in the Business Department's student mentoring program in which students have an opportunity to select a mentor from participating Wittenberg alumni, many of whom are successful entrepreneurs.

Eligibility: Students may receive one Special Interest Award. Interested students must apply separately to be considered for any Special Interest Award. Students may apply for multiple Special Interest Awards, but may only receive one. All awards will be renewed for up to four years if the student maintains good academic standing and meets award-specific renewal criteria.

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If you have any questions or concerns, contact Kelsey Ellis at ellisk@wittenberg.edu or 937-327-6317.

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