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THE VISION: Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Scholarship

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 help students:

  • Develop the skills for identifying and analyzing entrepreneurial opportunities
  • 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 local communities

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THE MODEL: 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.


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