Entrepreneurship Scholarships: Your Guide to Funding Your Education

Scholarships – the more the merrier, right? When it comes to funding your education, scholarships are the coup de grâce of your financing options.

The scholarships below are aimed at young entrepreneurs and student start up founders who want to build a strong educational foundation before launching their new ventures.

Whether you’re looking for just a little bit of help, full-tuition coverage, or something in between, there’s an entrepreneurial scholarship below for just about everyone.

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NSHSS-DECA Entrepreneurial Scholar Awards 2017

Entry Deadline: 1/13/2017

Award: $1,000

Description: Three $1,000 scholarships for high school junior and senior NSHSS members with a minimum GPA of 3.5. Applicants may be U.S. or international students. The scholarships will be awarded and presented to scholars at the DECA International Career Conference, April 26-29, 2017 in Anaheim, California.

Contact Person: N/A

Phone: N/A

Email: scholarships@nshss.org

Tortoise Young Entrepreneurs Scholarship

Entry Deadline: 2/28/2017

Award: $3,000

Description: As an entrepreneurial firm, we appreciate the trials, challenges and rewards we experienced in building our business from the ground up. In recognition of that process and to encourage the next generation of curious, persistent and passionate entrepreneurs, we are proud to offer our Tortoise Young Entrepreneurs Scholarship Program.

Contact Person: Ben Fraser

Phone: N/A

Email: scholarship@tortoiseadvisors.com

FormSwift $1,000 Scholarship Contest

Entry Deadline: 3/15/2017

Award: $1,000

Description: We love to support and grow the nation's burgeoning class of entrepreneurs. It’s why we developed and continue to maintain free documents for business use, and it's the same reason why we have developed our Scholarship Program. Moreover, our Scholarship Program is for driven, up-and-coming entrepreneurs who are ready to commit to building a better world through their business ideas. Also, by creating a unique business plan infographic for their scholarship entries young business dreamers can build upon and practice the skills that will be required of them at their jobs after college. In short, we envision our Scholarship Program as not only an award that will help students in the present, but a test that will help them hone in on their future career paths.

Contact Person: Jamie Smith

Phone: N/A

Email: jamie@formswift.com

The Skoll MBA Scholarship

Entry Deadline: 3/19/3017

Award: Full MBA tuition at the University of Oxford and partial living expenses up to £8,000

Description: The Skoll Scholarship is a competitive scholarship for incoming MBA students who pursue entrepreneurial solutions for urgent social and environmental challenges. The Scholarship provides funding and exclusive opportunities to meet with world-renowned entrepreneurs, thought-leaders and investors. Once selected, these students are known as Skoll Skollars.

Contact Person: N/A

Phone: +44 (0)1865 288838

Email: skollcentre@sbs.ox.ac.uk

Harper Entrepreneurship Scholarship

Entry Deadline: 3/31/2017

Award: $500

Description: Harper is a proud supporter of the entrepreneurial spirit of college students across the country. Both Harper cofounders grew up in families of small business owners and witnessed firsthand the drive and tenacity it takes to run your own company. As such, we intend to give back to the next generation of ambitious entrepreneurs with the Harper Entrepreneurship Scholarship – a $500 prize awarded semiannually.

Contact Person: N/A

Phone: N/A

Email: info@joinharper.com

Al Schuman Ecolab Undergraduate Entrepreneurial Scholarship

Entry Deadline: 4/1/17

Award: Up to $3,000

Description: This scholarship is for any student pursuing an education in a restaurant, foodservice, or hospitality related major who has an entrepreneurial spirit, a minimum GPA of 3.0 and attending one of the following schools:  California  State  Polytechnic  University  - Pomona; Cornell University; Culinary Institute of America;  DePaul University; Johnson  & Wales  University; Kendall College; Lynn University; Michigan State University; New York University; Pennsylvania  State University; Purdue University; University of Denver; University of Houston; University of Nevada, Las Vegas; University of Massachusetts ­ Amherst.

Contact Person: Shanna Young

Phone: (800) 765-2122 ext. 6744

Email: scholars@nraef.org

BestPAC eCommerce Entrepreneur Scholarship

Entry Deadline: 4/1/2017

Award: $1,000

Description: BestPAC is offering a scholarship of USD $1,000 towards a university student’s tuition fees. The student must be studying Business, Marketing, IT, Communication or Computer Science. BestPAC belongs to the digital marketing and eCommerce field. Working in the industry day in and day out, we recognise the need to train and educate the next wave of eCommerce entrepreneurs.

Contact Person: N/A

Phone: N/A

Email: scholarship@bestportableairconditioner.net

2017 Grasshopper Entrepreneur Scholarship

Entry Deadline: 4/30/2017

Award: $5,000

Description: Founded by two entrepreneurs, Grasshopper has been making it easier to start and grow a small business since 2003. Back then, we started as just two guys with a dream and to date have served over 150,000 entrepreneurs (and we're still growing). Today our commitment to helping entrepreneurs is stronger than ever, and to that end we are proud to introduce the Grasshopper Entrepreneur Scholarship, designed to help young entrepreneurs afford the rising cost of education and help them along the road to entrepreneurship.

Contact Person: N/A

Phone: (800) 820-8210

Email: scholarships@grasshopper.com

2017 FranchiseOpportunities.com Scholarship for the Future Entrepreneuer

Entry Deadline: 4/30/2017

Award: $1,500

Description: Franchise Opportunities is offering its first ever college scholarship contest where one deserving currently enrolled college freshman, sophomore or junior will win a $1,500 scholarship. If you are currently enrolled in college and would like $1,500 to help cover tuition, books or other expenses associated with your schooling, then apply to the FranchiseOpportunities.com Scholarship. Franchise Opportunities will award a $1,500 college scholarship to an ambitious student who can thoughtfully express what type of venture they would start if they could create any company in the world and how college will help them do this.

Contact Person: N/A

Phone: N/A

Email: fo-scholarship-2017@franoppnetwork.com

2017 Kitchen Cabinet Kings Entrepreneur Scholarship

Entry Deadline: 4/30/2017

Award: $5,000

Description: As members of the Young Entrepreneur Council, we provide entrepreneurs with the resources and social capital they need to succeed. Today, our commitment to helping entrepreneurs is stronger than ever, and to that end we are proud to introduce the Kitchen Cabinet Kings Entrepreneur Scholarship, designed to help young entrepreneurs afford the rising costs of education.

Contact Person: N/A

Phone: N/A

Email: N/A

Website Properties Young Entrepreneurs Scholarship

Entry Deadline: 5/1/2017

Award: $750

Description: At Website Properties, we having been working as internet entrepreneurs for over 19 years. By building our own eCommerce businesses or by helping our clients’ sell theirs, we have always been a part of the fast changing, innovative landscape of the internet; arguably one of this generation’s greatest hotbeds for exercising the entrepreneurial spirit. We’d like to pay our good fortune forward and help you get yours started!

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Coleman Entrepreneurial Scholarship

Entry Deadline: 5/4/2017

Award: $5,000

Description: The Coleman Entrepreneurial Scholarship was established as a testament to the importance of higher education. Furthermore, the scholarship strives to promote entrepreneurship as a career choice amongst ethnic college students. It is the vision of The Coleman Entrepreneurial Scholarship to be a leading scholarship program that assists future generations of African?American and Hispanic entrepreneurs in fulfilling their dreams.

Contact Person: N/A

Phone: N/A

Email: N/A

GreenPal Business Scholarship

Entry Deadline: 5/29/2017

Award: $2,000

Description: The purpose of The GreenPal Small Business Scholarship is to assist a motivated, driven student and future business leader. We believe that the generation of today's students are the future employers of tomorrow. The future of our county will be forged by the entrepreneurial spirit of today's generation.

Contact Person: N/A

Phone: N/A

Email: scholarship@yourgreenpal.com

Rocket Lawyer Legal Entrepreneurship Scholarship

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Entry Deadline: 5/31/2017

Award: $1,000

Description: Rocket Lawyer is offering a $1000 scholarship for talented students who display creativity and entrepreneurial spirit. Our students will be the future drivers of innovation and problem solving; but why wait? If you have an idea that can change the world, tell us how you'd make it happen and we can help you get there.

Contact Person: N/A

Phone: N/A

Email: scholarships@rocketlawyer.com

Crown & Caliber Entrepreneur's Scholarship

Entry Deadline: 5/31/17

Award: $1,000

Description: As a young start up organization, Crown and Caliber is an advocate of the entrepreneurial spirit and because of this passion we’re offering one student a $1,000 scholarship based on their entrepreneurial abilities! Many major web & tech organizations that once started as small entrepreneurial start-ups have rapidly expanded to major companies that impact our everyday lives, such as Google and Facebook and even Twitter and Instagram. If you were given a budget of $1,000 to initiate a startup that could rapidly threaten these major organizations – what startup would you propose?

Contact Person: N/A

Phone: (800) 514-3750

Email: scholarships@crownandcaliber.com

Fundera College Scholarship

Entry Deadline: 6/1/2017

Award: $2,000

Description: Today, Fundera's commitment to helping aspiring entrepreneurs while raising awareness about small business issues is stronger than ever. We are proud to introduce the Fundera College Scholarship, designed to help young entrepreneurs afford the rising cost of education.

Contact Person: N/A

Phone: N/A

Email: content@fundera.com

Viking Mergers' Entrepreneur Endorsement Scholarshop

Entry Deadline: 6/1/2017

Award: $1,000

Description: At Viking, we believe in fostering and encouraging the entrepreneurs of tomorrow. This is why we created our Entrepreneur Endorsement Scholarship, which is designed to help offset the costs of education for college students who have shown a demonstrated interest in entrepreneurship.

Contact Person: N/A

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Xero Entrepreneur Scholarship 2017

Entry Deadline: 6/30/2017

Award: £2,000

Description: At Xero, we know what it’s like to be a startup, we were one. It’s just one of the reasons we're committed to supporting budding entrepreneurs. As part of that support, we’re offering a £2,000 grant and mentoring to an undergraduate or postgraduate student in the UK. The award is designed to help students afford the rising cost of education and help them kickstart their entrepreneurial journey.

Contact Person: N/A

Phone: N/A

Email: submissionsUK@xero.com

Self Lender Scholarship

Entry Deadline: 7/15/2017

Award: $1,000

Description: Self Lender, Inc. is excited to announce our third annual scholarship for college students with entrepreneurial aspirations. Starting a business is hard. Entrepreneurs need the help and support of the community around them to be successful. The Self Lender scholarship is our way of helping the next generation of entrepreneurs. If you have the entrepreneurial spirit, then we are interested in hearing from you.

Contact Person: N/A

Phone: N/A

Email: scholarship@selflender.com

Rapid Formations Entrepreneur Scholarship

Entry Deadline: 8/25/2017

Award: $750

Description: Rapid Formations provides professional and affordable company formation services to the scores of bud-ding and established business owners in the UK. But we want to do even more. This is why we have launched our new Entrepreneur Scholarship Programme to support up-and-coming business leaders with their entrepreneurial endeavours. The aim of the award is to assist with the financial costs of study, through which the acquisition and development of skills will potentially culminate in a successful enterprise.

Contact Person: N/A

Phone: N/A

Email: funding@rapidformations.co.uk

MHW Scholarship Program 2017

Entry Deadline: 8/31/2017

Award: $5,000

Description: We understand that education can be a significant expense for some people. If we sum up the yearly costs of tuition fees, books, housing etc. then it might sum up to thousands of dollars. In order to support the hardworking and needy students, we have started a scholarship program. So, if you are a student and need some financial support then MHW Scholarship Program can be helpful for you.

Contact Person: David Hamm

Phone: N/A

Email: scholarships@menshairstylesweb.com

BlueVine Young Entrepreneurs Scholarship

Entry Deadline: 9/1/2017

Award: $5,000

Description: The BlueVine Young Entrepreneurs scholarship program aims to motivate and support aspiring business owners in undergraduate and graduate programs related to entrepreneurship. The scholarships will be offered in the spring and fall semesters.

Contact Person: N/A

Phone: N/A

Email: scholarships@bluevine.com

Horatio Alger National Entrepreneurial Scholarships

Entry Deadline: 10/25/2017

Award: $10,000

Description: The National Entrepreneurial Scholarships are awarded to eligible students across all provinces and territories in Canada. Entrepreneurial Scholars also receive an all expenses paid trip to Washington D.C. during the spring of their terminal year of high school to participate in a conference with their American counterparts.

Contact Person: N/A

Phone: 1 (855) 753-9565

Email: association@horatioalger.org

Dapper Fox Design Entrepreneur Scholarship

Entry Deadline: December 2017

Award: $200

Description: The Dapper Fox Design Entrepreneur Scholarship was started with the mission to help students succeed in school by alleviating a portion of tuition expenses. As a result, Dapper Fox Design seeks to encourage students who have a particular interest in entrepreneurship. Dapper Fox Design has endowed a $200 annual scholarship.

Contact Person: Ali

Phone: N/A

Email: ali@dapperfoxdesign.com

The Thiel Fellowship

Entry Deadline: Rolling

Award: $100,000

Description: The Thiel Fellowship is unlike anything you’ve ever experienced. The Fellowship brings together some of the world’s most creative and motivated young people, and helps them bring their most ambitious projects to life. Thiel Fellows are given a grant of $100,000 to focus on their work, their research, and their self-education while outside of university. Fellows are mentored by our community of visionary thinkers, investors, scientists, and entrepreneurs, who provide guidance and business connections that can’t be replicated in any classroom. With tens of thousands in additional resources, summer housing, regular workshops, our Thiel Foundation Summits, fellowship dinners, and retreats we’ve built a robust community and program to accelerate your professional and personal development. Rather than just studying, you’re doing.

Contact Person: N/A

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Dr. Denny Ko Future Entrepreneurs Scholarship

Entry Deadline: TBD

Award: Up to $3,000

Description: Dr. Denny Ko Future Entrepreneurs Scholarship program is sponsored by the Southern California Monte Jade Science & Technology Association (SCMJ). The family of Dr. Ko and the SCMJ board of directors established this scholarship in October 2003, in remembrance of Dr. Ko who served as one of SCMJ’s co-founders and advisory board members. This scholarship is dedicated to Dr. Ko in recognition of the following: 1) Dr. Ko’s lifelong dedication to scientific and high technology research and product development; and 2) Dr. Ko’s vision and contributions in promoting venture capital investments, international business and management consulting services to many Pacific Rim communities. One of the primary purposes of this program is to foster leadership and entrepreneurship in students.

Contact Person: N/A

Phone: N/A

Email: scholarship@scmj.org

Robert E. Rich Aspiring Entrepreneurs Scholarship

Entry Deadline: TBD

Award: $2,500

Description: This scholarship rewards students interested in business and entrepreneurship. Four scholarships will be awarded in total. One recipient will be selected from each of the following schools: Culinary Institute of America, Johnson & Wales, Cornell School of Hotel Administration; Cornell University- Food Industry Management.

Contact Person: Shanna Young

Phone: 800) 765-2122 ext. 6744

Email: scholars@nraef.org

University Based Scholarships

The Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship

Entry Deadline: Mid-January

Award: Up to $20,000

Description: The Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation Program in Social Entrepreneurship is designed to attract, encourage and train a new generation of leaders in public service. Each year, the program will expose a highly selective group of graduate and undergraduate students from throughout New York University to the cross-disciplinary skills, experiences and networking opportunities needed to advance and support their efforts to realize sustainable and scalable pattern-breaking solutions to society's most intractable problems.

Contact Person: N/A

Phone: (212) 992-8703

Email: reynoldsprogram@nyu.edu

Clarke A. Greene Memorial Endowed Scholarship for Entrepreneurial Spirit

Entry Deadline: 2/1/17

Award: $1,850

Description: The Clarke A. Greene Memorial Endowed Scholarship for Entrepreneurial Spirit was established in memory of Clarke Greene, a former member of the Columbia College Chicago faculty, by the Greene family. The scholarship recognizes entrepreneurial spirit and outstanding academic achievement and in a continuing junior or senior Arts Management student.

Contact Person: Keirstin Lincoln

Phone: (312) 369-6535

Email: scholarships@colum.edu

The Brian Maxwell Fellowship

Entry Deadline: TBD

Award: Up to $40,000

Description: A Fellow is an innovator and an entrepreneur who embodies the spirit and characteristics of Brian.  Graduating from Haas is the first step to commemorate Brian in a lifelong quest for innovation and creativity, achieving the extraordinary, and keeping alive Brian’s entrepreneurial spirit.  A Fellow brings change to the world and shares a lifetime of experiences with their constituencies, colleagues, friends and families and with the Brian Maxwell Fellows family. 

Contact Person: Daniel Roddick

Phone: N/A

Email: daniel_roddick@haas.berkeley.edu

David Rusenko Entrepreneur-in-Residence Scholarship

Entry Deadline: N/A

Award: $10,000

Description: If you are a junior or senior in the College of IST and have entrepreneurial experience, through this scholarship you can receive $10,000 per year, earn six credits as you work on your business, and have the guidance of an IST faculty member as a mentor.

Contact Person: Erin Pursel

Phone: (814) 963-6823

Email: epursel@ist.psu.edu

David Rusenko Emerging Entrepreneur Scholarship

Entry Deadline: N/A

Award: $5,000

Description: If you are a full-time freshman or sophomore enrolled in the College of IST with and interest in innovation and thinking outside of the box, this scholarship can provide you up to $5,000 per year.

Contact Person: Erin Pursel

Phone: (814) 963-6823

Email: epursel@ist.psu.edu

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