Entrepreneurial Scholars & Interns Program

About

Why is the University interested in startup businesses?

One theme of The University of Missouri’s research strategy is to grow our own entrepreneurial communities in and across the state.  This program is designed to do just this by increasing the number of students who will become entrepreneurs upon graduation. To be successful, these graduates must have the necessary knowledge and experience to become immediate members of our entrepreneurial community here in Missouri. The goal is to create a steady stream of entrepreneurs around the state capable of taking their innovative ideas to the market as new businesses ventures. Creating this wave of new, well-educated entrepreneurs in Missouri will benefit the local, regional and national economies.

What are the features of the program?

Entrepreneurs are people who have high energy, who work hard and whose efforts pay off for themselves and others, namely their employees.  Students will be asked to complete 6 hours of approved entrepreneurial-related coursework. Upon completion of those courses, students will have the potential for grant funding to support hands-on entrepreneurial experiences. Additionally, during their time in the program, students will be asked to attend professional development and networking opportunities on each of the four campuses.

What are the benefits of the program? Why should I apply?

The benefits of the program include:

  • The UM System will cover the tuition costs of 1-2 courses (6 credit hours) in entrepreneurship for each student in the program.
  • Upon completion of the courses, students will have the opportunity to apply for grant funding to support hands-on entrepreneurial experiences. Grant funding could be requested to take additional entrepreneurial coursework, complete a paid entrepreneurial internship, receiving funding to work on the student’s own startup, or complete a corporate entrepreneurship project. A student may apply for more than one grant during their tenure in the program. However, no student will be awarded more than $5,000 in funding.
  • During their time in the program, students will be asked to attend professional development and networking opportunities on each of the four campuses.
  • Students will receive a certification of completion upon their conclusion of the program.

Who is eligible?

Eligible students:

  • may be undergraduate students from any major, as long as they are in good standing with an overall preferred GPA of 3.0 or higher and have earned a minimum of 30 credit hours,
  • must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 in each of the entrepreneurial courses, and

For more information, contact:
Sara Cochran
Entrepreneurial Programs Manager
cochransl@umsystem.edu
573.882.1667