the “Typical” Hillman Student?
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.
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.
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
In order to be accepted into the program and to remain in good standing,
- 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
- 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
- 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
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.