THE VISION: Entrepreneurship,
The Hillman Entrepreneurs Program is a scholarship initiative
targeted to students who have an interest in entrepreneurship and an enthusiasm
for starting a business venture, launching a new idea, or leading a company. The goal is to support,
develop, and graduate ethical leaders who want to energize and give back to
their local communities.
Specifically, the Hillman Entrepreneurs Program is designed to
- Develop the skills for identifying and analyzing entrepreneurial
- Learn through a curriculum focused on entrepreneurship
- Engage with mentors in the business community to help turn
dreams into businesses
- Graduate and become successful leaders who give back to their
Supported Experiential Opportunities
The Hillman Entrepreneurs Program offers a new model in
education. Students with an internal drive to succeed who might not otherwise be able to afford a college
education are now starting their college career at either Prince
George’s Community College or Montgomery College and
transferring to the University of Maryland to complete their degree in any
major. They receive up to 2/3 tuition in scholarship funds. They also receive
deep mentoring from full-time mentors at each institution. Students participate
in community and team-building activities while taking classes in
entrepreneurship and leadership.
Students transfer to Maryland in pursuit of their bachelor's
degree where they continue to receive up to 2/3 of their tuition. All Hillman students will also complete a minor in technology entrepreneurship
at the University of Maryland. Up to 180 students receive scholarships each year with 30 at each
community college and up to 120 at the University of Maryland. The community
college programs are second year programs with student selection occurring at
the end of the first year. At the University of Maryland the program is a junior/senior program.
This program is about training entrepreneurial leaders who will
become the ethical leaders of tomorrow’s local economy. Just as David and Suzanne
Hillman are giving back to the community that has brought them success,
these Hillman Entrepreneurs are expected to contribute to the economic growth
of the community and to help others who follow after them succeed.