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Entrepreneurship & Innovation Scholarships

DEADLINE EXTENSION: Applications are available in RESOURCES. Submission deadline for the 2014 - 2015 academic year is Monday, April 14, 2014. Details for submission are included in the application.  All application can be emailed to Nikki Modlich at modlich.5@osu.edu

The Ruann F. Ernst & William C. Riffle Scholarship Fund
The annual distribution from this fund shall be used to provide scholarship support to an undergraduate technology student, with a first preference for engineering majors.  The recipient of the Ernst/Riffle scholarship will be pursuing a course of study in translational science, technology commercialization or new venture creation, and entrepreneurship. The recipient will also be expected to participate in the technology commercialization program within the Center for Entrepreneurship, which pairs enterprising students from diverse academic backgrounds with executive mentors to assess live technologies for commercial potential. The University may modify any selection criteria should the criteria be found, whole or in part, to be contrary to federal or state law or University policy.  Scholarship recipients shall be selected based on merit and demonstrated need by the academic director of the Center for Entrepreneurship in consultation with the Office of Student Financial Aid and the deans of the Fisher College of Business and the College of Engineering.  The Ernst/Riffle Scholarship is renewable as determined by student interest and at the discretion of the academic director of the Center for Entrepreneurship.
Specific criteria:

  • US Citizen
  • Engineering major
  • Undergrad student
  • Enrolled in E-minor
  • Junior year
  • Will work on Technology Entrepreneurship Commercilaization (TEC) projects within the Center for Entrepreneurship for approximately 10hrs per week.

Tom and Judy Maish Entrepreneurship Scholarship Fund
The annual distribution from this fund shall be used to provide scholarship support (minimum of $1,000) to students with financial need and interested in entrepreneurship at the Fisher College of Business. The individual should be a hard working student who has demonstrated commitment to volunteer work.  Preference will be given to students in need from the Appalachian area and/or possess a 3.0 to 3.5 grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale.  Selection shall be made by the Center for Entrepreneurship at the Fisher College of Business, with formal approval by the Dean of the Fisher College of Business.

The Fred Miller Fund for Excellence
The Fred Miller Fund for Excellence provides scholarship support to undergraduates with preference for accounting majors who exhibit leadership, community service and an entrepreneurial spirit.  Selection shall be made by the Center for Entrepreneurship at the Fisher College of Business with formal approval by the Dean of Fisher College of Business.

The Randall C. and Peggy North Mosher Family Scholarship Fund
This fund shall be used to support on scholarship for an undergraduate student with financial need who is pursuing a minor in Entrepreneurship, enrolled in classes offered by the Center for Entrepreneurship, or has otherwise expressed an interest in the study of Entrepreneurship as determined by the Fisher College of Business. The Undergraduate Programs Office of the Fisher College of Business in consultation with the Center for Entrepreneurship shall be responsible for selecting scholarship recipients and coordinating these scholarships with the University’s Office of Student Financial Aid.

The Heffner Internship Scholars Program
The Center for Entrepreneurship will award three students each year (two undergraduate and one graduate or all undergraduate), with $2,500 scholarships for summer internships. The fund will support summer internship opportunities like those included in the Silicon Valley New Ventures Program or other internship opportunities that provide valuable education and hands-on work experience. Students may also apply for the internship funds to support unique internship experiences during the May Term. Select students may be awarded $500.00 to support internship opportunities during Ohio State’s new May Term window. All funds will be used to cover expenses traditionally not covered by academic scholarships, including travel, room, and board fees. If costs related to the recipient’s internship experience do not reach $2,500, remaining funds may be used as scholarship towards tuition.

 Eligibility:

  • Be an Ohio State University student who is in good academic standing and has a demonstrated financial need for the scholarship funds
  • If recipient is an undergraduate, s/he must secure and complete the field internship experience during sophomore or junior year or during the summer before junior or senior year
  • If recipient is a graduate student, s/he must secure and complete the field internship experience during the second year of study or during the summer before the second year
  • Internship locations must be more than 50 miles from recipient’s place of residence

The Hrusovsky Family Internship Award
The fund will support Fisher College of Business students seeking internships in information technology. Administered by the Center of Entrepreneurship, the funds can be used to cover expenses traditionally not covered by academic scholarships, including travel, room, and board fees for each student. The award may be distributed anytime during the calendar year.

The Albert Shapero Memorial Loan Fund
Distribution from this fund shall be used to provide an interest free loan to a student enrolled in Fisher College of Business who has demonstrated financial need and an exhibits and interest in small business or is starting a business that was entered in the Fisher Business Plan Competition.  Recipient should be made aware that this loan is to be repaid within five years after leaving the University.  This fund is administered by the Office of Student Financial Aid in consultation with the Fisher College of Business Center for Entrepreneurship.