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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, 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. Virtually all 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.

Characteristics that describe these talented Hillman students include determination, motivation, creativity, persistence and the potential for ethical leadership. The students demonstrate characteristics that can lead to entrepreneurial success in their daily lives and show a potential for both academic and entrepreneurial success.


Should You Apply for the Program?

The Hillman Entrepreneurs Program attracts students with entrepreneurial potential. Students who have an entrepreneurial mindset and who have already demonstrated real-life business experiences or who have ideas that show promise for future entrepreneurial endeavors are encouraged to join this unique program. In addition, intrapreneurs who show promise of becoming future leaders within existing organizations are a strong fit for this program. The goal of the program is to graduate ethical leaders who will become successful in the communities they came from, who will energize those communities and have positive economic impact on the local economy.

Hillman students also possess 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 they meet through the program’s networking opportunities.

Finally, these students demonstrate adherence to the program values that encourage ethics in their business dealings and every element of their lives as well as the understanding of the importance of giving back to the communities that have made them successful through community service, and to this program and its future students.

Program Requirements

In order to be accepted into the program and to remain in good standing, students must:

  • Make successful progression towards graduation with an associate’s degree in a transferable major at Montgomery College or Prince George's Community College and towards graduation with a bachelor’s degree at University of Maryland at College Park.
  • Be pursuing their first bachelor’s degree.
  • Be Maryland residents (U.S. citizens, students with permanent resident status or students covered by the Dream Act).
  • 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. 
  • Have and maintain a GPA of 2.5 or higher to be accepted and remain in the program.
  • Be in a program of study which transfers to University of Maryland College Park (pre-law not eligible).
  • Be available for a daytime Hillman credit course each semester.
  • Be committed to additional programmatic and team-building activities outside of class.
  • Have completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

How to Apply

The due date for new applicants to apply to the Hillman Entrepreneurs Program is May 1, for a start date in the following Fall semester. Below is a link to the application form, which should be submitted along with a resume and at least one letter of recommendation, preferably from a college professor.  The letter needs to be sent directly to from the recommender.  By applying to this program, you agree that your academic records will be reviewed.

application form


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