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Opportunities for High School Students

The Schulze School of Entrepreneurship’s engagement goes beyond the college classroom. We’re here for seasoned leaders, budding entrepreneurs and those who spread entrepreneurship in their communities.

Each year, the Schulze School offers specialized programs to engage high school students. These programs focus on teaching these students to think creatively, to solve problems important to their communities and to start building a foundation of entrepreneurship. We invite students and their teachers to get a taste of the unique way St. Thomas teaches entrepreneurship, and to bring it back to their schools and communities and make a difference.

Jump in and discover your inner entrepreneur!

The Schulze School invites you and up to four students from your high school to join us for this unique, fast-paced, one-day event where you’ll learn creative problem solving, critical thinking, ideation and more—all the elements you need to think like an entrepreneur or become a successful innovator.

You will attend a hands-on workshop in design thinking and ideation and collaborate with other entrepreneurial-minded students to create a prototype for a business concept. The day will conclude with the opportunity to watch current St. Thomas students pitch business ideas at one of our signature competition events.

This opportunity is open to all high school sophomores, juniors and seniors. We’ll provide the food, fun and unique learning experience at no cost.

For more information, email schulzeschool@stthomas.edu.


It’s never too early to start planning your future, and we have an amazing opportunity for you to consider. The Schulze Innovation Scholarship Program is a four-year, full-tuition scholarship and premier academic program. This one-of-a-kind experience nurtures students as they become innovative, entrepreneurial leaders, and helps them launch their careers. This highly competitive scholarship program accepts 10 incoming students into the cohort each year.

The Schulze School of Entrepreneurship is proud to host the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA) to bring a cutting-edge program to help Minnesota high school students launch real businesses and social movements. YEA takes students grade 6-12 through the process of creating and launching a real business or social movement over the course of an academic year.

During the 30-week program headed by the Minneapolis Regional Chamber’s Development Foundation, students brainstorm and form their business ideas, make pitches to investors for startup funding, file DBAs and launch their own businesses or social movements. Local professionals and entrepreneurs, including St. Thomas alumni, across a variety of industries are invited to support the students throughout the hands-on curriculum as mentors, field trip hosts or guest lecturers.