Undergraduate student entrepreneurship awards & scholarships
Horn Entrepreneurship recognizes entrepreneurial students through awards and scholarships totaling almost $10,000 in cash and Venture Development Center (VDC) credit. Students from all majors are invited to apply now through Monday, March 26, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. (Yes, this is during spring break, but you don’t have to wait until the deadline!) Late submissions will not be considered.
Two McCall Awards for Entrepreneurship are granted to undergraduate students from any UD college, in any major, who show entrepreneurial promise. Each award includes $1500 cash and $1000 in VDC Credit*. Students who are primary owners in an incorporated business, may elect to receive the entire award payable to their business. Graduating seniors are eligible for the award; however, VDC credits must be used by May 31, 2018.
To be considered, submit an application with the “Shawn & Sheryl McCall Award” checkbox selected and a brief essay describing your entrepreneurial aspirations. The applications will be reviewed by faculty member(s) of Horn Entrepreneurship who will then select the recipient(s).
The Brad and Jennifer Bono Award is granted to an undergraduate student from any UD college, in any major, who demonstrates entrepreneurial leadership and social impact. Recipients may elect to receive the $1500 award in the form of VDC Credit* or cash. Graduating seniors are eligible for the award; however, VDC Credit must be used by May 31, 2018.
To be considered, submit an application with the “Brad & Jennifer Bono Award” checkbox selected and a brief essay describing your demonstration of entrepreneurial leadership and social impact. The applications will be reviewed by Horn Entrepreneurship faculty member(s) who will then select the recipient.
The Horn Entrepreneurship Award is funded by annual gifts from the faculty who teach ENTR-designated courses. The award is granted to a student from any UD college or degree program who has taken at least one ENTR course, demonstrates exemplary entrepreneurial promise and promises to realize a great immediate benefit from the receipt of the $1000 award. The Horn Entrepreneurship Award is granted as a VDC Credit* or for the pursuit of a specific educational opportunity related to creativity, entrepreneurship, innovation or leadership. Graduating seniors are eligible for the award; however, award funds must be used by May 31, 2018 or towards a UD graduate degree program. If pursuing a graduate degree program relating to creativity, entrepreneurship, innovation or leadership at UD, funds will be deposited into the student’s account in Fall 2018.
To be considered, submit an application with the “Horn Entrepreneurship Award” checkbox selected and a brief essay describing how you have demonstrated entrepreneurial spirit and how the immediate availability of funding would be a benefit in the pursuit of a specific business idea or educational opportunity. The applications will be reviewed by Horn Entrepreneurship faculty member(s) who will then select the recipient.
The David J. Freschman Scholarship was established in memory of David J. Freschman, University of Delaware alumnus, entrepreneur and venture capitalist.
This scholarship will be awarded in Fall 2018 to one or more, fulltime, undergraduate student(s) who will be enrolled during the 2018-2019 academic year and:
a) Have demonstrated financial need;
b) Have demonstrated the potential to become a successful entrepreneur;
c) Possess some combination of the qualities and personal characteristics that David possessed, valued and encouraged: energy, enthusiasm, determination, sales acumen, financial ability, and good judgment;
d) Are able to demonstrate some level of the above qualities through prior work experience, academic achievement or extracurricular activities.
To be considered, submit an application with the “David Freschman Scholarship” checkbox selected and a brief essay explaining how you possess the qualities, characteristics and experience referenced above. The applications will be reviewed by Horn Entrepreneurship faculty member(s) who will then select the recipient(s).
- If applying for more than one award, you can submit one application, however a separate essay is required for each.
- Be sure to include your full name and the name of the award on each essay. If you fail to do this, your application will not be considered.
- It is advised that students have their essay(s) written and saved to a pdf for uploading, prior to starting the application. Submitting word documents is risky since formatting isn’t always preserved. Do so at your own risk.
- Students are not permitted to apply for an award/scholarship they previously won.
*VDC Credit = Venture Development Center Credit, which can be expended to further the recipient’s entrepreneurial education through pursuit of a startup, participation in startup events, and travel to meet with advisors and prospective customers. Read the guidelines on the use of VDC funds
Applications will be accepted until March 26, 2018 (yes! the deadline is during spring break, but you don’t have to wait until then!)
Award recipients will be notified via email by April 11 and will be honored on two occasions:
- Hen Hatch Final Round & Innovation Showcase, on Tuesday, April 24
- Graduation Celebration & Awards Party, on Thursday, May 10
Scholarship recipient(s) will be notified by Student Financial Services in July 2018, receive funding for the 2018 -2019 academic year and be honored at the two above mentioned events in 2019.