FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is the Hillman Entrepreneurs Program?
Established through the generous gift by the Hillman Family Foundation, the Hillman Entrepreneurs Program offers a new model in education. The Hillman Entrepreneurs Program is an initiative targeted to students who have an interest in entrepreneurship and an enthusiasm for starting a business venture or leading a company.
Designed to train entrepreneurial leaders who will become the ethical leaders of tomorrow’s local economy, this is a second year program at Montgomery College that continues through to graduation at the University of Maryland, College Park where students earn their bachelor’s degree in any major. During this one-year program at Montgomery College students receive 2/3 tuition in scholarship funds as well as funds for books. A one-time $500 merit scholarship can be earned upon successful completion of the first semester in the program with a GPA of 2.75. Students also receive significant support from full-time mentors at each institution. In addition to taking courses in their program of study, students participate in community and team-building activities and take classes in entrepreneurship and leadership.
What happens after Montgomery College?
Students are expected to transfer to the University of Maryland College Park in pursuit of their bachelor’s degree where they receive up to 2/3 of their tuition, a book stipend and a $1,000 merit scholarship. All Hillman students will pursue a minor in technology entrepreneurship from the University of Maryland. The program is a junior/senior program at the University of Maryland.
Who is the typical Hillman student?
Hillman students come from a wide variety of transferable majors, including engineering, math, information systems, accounting, business, psychology, education, art, sciences, and economics. Some are traditional, college-aged students, while others have had years of life experience and careers before joining the program. Some are raising families, while others are supporting parents who need them. Many are working while going to school, and juggle many obligations, knowing that gaining a college education will help them build a better future for themselves and their families.
Hillman students possess resilience, persistence, an entrepreneurial mindset, and the drive to finish their bachelor’s degrees and succeed in the business world as entrepreneurs or entrepreneurial leaders. Some students want to pursue non-profits to help others like themselves, while others plan to pursue businesses and become as successful as David Hillman or the other successful entrepreneurs who they meet through the program’s networking opportunities.
Hillman students have an entrepreneurial mindset and the potential for becoming a successful entrepreneur or leader within a larger organization. They have a demonstrated ability to be successful academically and graduate from Montgomery College and ultimately from University of Maryland College Park.
What are the program requirements?
- Students must be pursuing their first bachelor’s degree.
- Students must be Maryland residents (U.S. citizens, students with permanent resident status or students covered by the Dream Act).
- Students must have completed a minimum of 30 credits by Fall program entry. Students must have taken one transferrable math course or be eligible to take a college-level math course during their first semester in program.
- Students must have and maintain a GPA of 2.5 or higher to be accepted and remain in the program.
- Students must be in a program of study which transfers to UMCP (pre-law not eligible).
- Students must be available for a daytime Hillman credit course each semester on the Germantown campus.
- Students must be committed to additional programmatic and team-building activities outside of class.
- Students must make successful progression towards graduation with an associate’s degree in a transferable major at Montgomery College and towards graduation with a bachelor’s degree at UMCP.
- Students must have completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
How do I apply for admission?
Is there a GPA requirement?
Students must have and maintain a GPA of 2.5 or higher to be accepted and remain in the program at Montgomery College and to transfer to University of Maryland College Park. For majors in limited enrollment programs, a higher GPA may be required.
What are limited enrollment programs?
Limited Enrollment Programs are competitive majors at the University of Maryland that control enrollment numbers to maintain program quality. Once a student has earned 45 credits, he/she must have successfully completed a specific set of courses called "gateway" requirements. Only one 'gateway' or performance review course may be repeated to earn the required grade and that course may only be repeated once. If a student receives a grade of "W”, the course must be repeated. For more information on limited enrollment programs, please refer to the webpage at UMCP: http://www.lep.umd.edu/
What if I don't qualify for the requirements of or get denied for the limited enrollment programs?
Students should consider an alternative major to transfer to UMCP.
What if I apply for scholarships other than University of Maryland?
Montgomery College will not be expected to actively support applications for scholarships that require a student to attend a school other than UMCP or that require a student to apply for schools other than UMCP.
What if I already have a bachelor’s degree? Am I still eligible for the Hillman Entrepreneurs Program?
Are there any class requirements and if so what are they?
Hillman Entrepreneurs must take one class together each semester. The required course is selected to enhance students’ entrepreneurial knowledge. The required courses at Montgomery College transfer to the University of Maryland as part of the University’s I-Series:
- ISTD 140 - Discovering New Ventures - Foundations of Entrepreneurship
- ISTD 210 - Entrepreneurial Opportunity Analysis & Decision-Making in Technology Ventures
ISTD 140 credit will transfer to the University of Maryland as a general elective course, while ISTD 210 will be credited toward the minor in technology entrepreneurship.
When do the Hillman classes meet?
Hillman classes meet on Friday afternoons in the PK building at Germantown Campus. ISTD 140 is offered in the Fall semester and ISTD 210 is offered in the Spring semester.
Why do I have to be available to take afternoon classes?
Hillman courses at Montgomery College and at University of Maryland are offered only in the afternoons. Also, College Park is geared to full-time students who take classes during the day. Hillman Entrepreneurs Program applicants must show they have the flexibility in their schedules to matriculate at UMCP.
What if I’m an international student? Am I eligible for the program?
The program is for students who intend to stay in the Montgomery County area and contribute to this community. International students with permanent residency are eligible to apply.
What determines the amount of the scholarship at University of Maryland College Park?
It is based on financial need and merit. Submitting a Free Application for Federal Student Aid is required to receive the scholarship at UMCP.
When will recruitment for the Hillman Entrepreneurs Program begin?
Recruitment for the Hillman Entrepreneurs Program begins during the Spring semester.
Who founded the Hillman Entrepreneurs Program?
David Hillman, founder and CEO of Southern Management Corporation, founded the Hillman Entrepreneurs Program. Mr. Hillman, a life-long resident of this area, started his property management company in 1965. Today, with approximately 25,000 units in the Mid-Atlantic region, Southern Management is a leader in the field. The Hillman Entrepreneurs Program is a collaboration of the Hillman Family Foundation, Montgomery College, Prince George’s Community College and the University of Maryland, College Park.
When is the deadline to apply?
The application deadline is May 1.
Who do I contact for more information?
Ms. Rebecca Razavi
Program Director, Hillman Entrepreneurs Program
Germantown Campus, Montgomery College
Paul Peck Academic & Innovation Building (PK), Room 175G
20200 Observation Drive
Germantown, MD 20876