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Recipients of the Schulze Innovation Scholarship pose together for a group photo on August 28, 2018 outside of the Anderson Student Center.

Become a Schulze Scholar

Schulze Innovation Scholarship Program

Join the Best and the Brightest

The Schulze Innovation Scholarship Program at the University of St. Thomas is a four-year full-tuition scholarship and premier academic program. This one-of-a-kind experience nurtures students into innovative, entrepreneurial leaders, and helps to launch their careers.

Schulze Scholars receive a rich educational experience that includes individual mentoring, hands-on learning, and unique opportunities for networking and internships. Students graduate with the knowledge and skills needed to make the most of their talents, ambitions and entrepreneurial opportunities. If you choose to launch a startup after graduation, you’ll have the chance to work with business advisors and mentors, and the opportunity to gain access to seed capital.

This scholarship program is highly competitive, admitting up to 10 freshman and transfer students per year. Learn more about eligibility and how to apply.

Application Deadline
January 3, 2019

Scholarship Day for Finalists
February 22, 2019

Scholarship Winners Announced
March 1, 2019
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  • How to Apply
  • Scholarship Day for Finalists
  • Eligibility Requirements

    • Acceptance to St. Thomas
    • Minimum high school 3.0 GPA
    • Preference for ACT score of 27 or above
    • Entrepreneurship major (you can double major in another discipline)
    • Demonstrated entrepreneurial creativity and inventiveness, as described in application through an example of entrepreneurial venture/initiative

    How to Apply

    You can apply for the Schulze Innovation Scholarship Program when you complete your general application for admission to St. Thomas. During the general application process, you’ll see the option to select one or more available scholarships. Choose the Schulze Innovation Scholarship, then follow the instructions to complete your application. To be considered for the Schulze Scholarship, you will need to prepare:

    • An essay that describes your entrepreneurial endeavors. Provide concrete examples of how you’ve applied an entrepreneurial spirit to problem solving and to the development of new ideas, initiatives or ventures
    • Video pitch articulating why you should be selected for the scholarship
    • Letter of reference
    Have these materials ready to upload with your application, which is due no later than by January 3rd, 2019. Our selection committee will choose the applicants who show the most promise as innovative, creative problem solvers.
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    Scholarship Day for Finalists

    On Scholarship Day, selected finalists and their parents come to our Minneapolis campus to take a tour, and meet faculty and staff. Our selection committee interviews the finalists to learn more about their aspirations and character, and why the scholarship would make a difference. The committee uses this information to choose the Schulze Scholars. Attendance at Scholarship Day is required.

    Eligibility Requirements

    • Acceptance to St. Thomas
    • Minimum high school 3.0 GPA
    • Preference for ACT score of 27 or above
    • Entrepreneurship major (you can double major in another discipline)
    • Demonstrated entrepreneurial creativity and inventiveness, as described in application through an example of entrepreneurial venture/initiative

    How to Apply

    You can apply for the Schulze Innovation Scholarship Program when you complete your general application for admission to St. Thomas. During the general application process, you’ll see the option to select one or more available scholarships. Choose the Schulze Innovation Scholarship, then follow the instructions to complete your application. To be considered for the Schulze Scholarship, you will need to prepare:

    • An essay that describes your entrepreneurial endeavors. Provide concrete examples of how you’ve applied an entrepreneurial spirit to problem solving and to the development of new ideas, initiatives or ventures
    • Video pitch articulating why you should be selected for the scholarship
    • Letter of reference
    Have these materials ready to upload with your application, which is due no later than by January 3rd, 2019. Our selection committee will choose the applicants who show the most promise as innovative, creative problem solvers.

    Scholarship Day for Finalists

    On Scholarship Day, selected finalists and their parents come to our Minneapolis campus to take a tour, and meet faculty and staff. Our selection committee interviews the finalists to learn more about their aspirations and character, and why the scholarship would make a difference. The committee uses this information to choose the Schulze Scholars. Attendance at Scholarship Day is required.
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    Featured Schulze Scholars

    Amy Helgeson

    Amy is a budding entrepreneur with a heart for social entrepreneurship. She was concerned when residents at her grandmother’s assisted living home shared that they felt their lives lacked purpose. Driven to change that, Amy developed Skyrocket, an entrepreneurship class, to give senior citizens an opportunity to rediscover creativity, rebuild confidence, and replenish passion through entrepreneurial activities. She created a curriculum and held a pilot class with 12 seniors ages 74 to 94. Through innovative activities and articles about successful “seniorpreneurs,” Amy led the group to conceptualize, research, develop, refine, and pitch a product.

    Erik Anderson

    As a 5th grader, Erik started Erik’s Cutting Edge Lawn & Snow Care, which has now been in operation for over six years. The business serves 19 clients and is certified by the state of North Dakota. Erik has written two business growth plans, which placed 1st at the 2016 and 2017 State DECA Conference and made the top 20 at the International Career Development Conference in Anaheim, California.

    Jeremy Waldner

    Jeremy co-founded Math for Medicine, a technology company that analyzes data from standard blood tests to diagnose and treat cancer. To develop this proprietary software, Jeremy teamed up with a retired NASA engineer, a Mayo Clinic melanoma doctor and his grandfather. The innovative software uses data from multiple days of blood draws to determine interactions between components of the immune system, which can help to detect cancer. To support this venture, Jeremy does market research and performs error-testing of the software.

    β€œThe Schulze Innovation Scholarship gives you a lot of confidence. You see that other people realize your vision and believe in you, too.”

    Cole Hennen

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