Colleges Offer Scholarships to Entrepreneurs

Lori Johnston | April 30, 2012

Having an entrepreneurial spirit may help you earn scholarship money to earn advanced degrees.

Schools such as the Polytechnic Institute of New York University, known as NYU-Poly, encourage students to pursue their inventions and innovations with scholarship programs.

The Graduate Scholarship Program for Entrepreneurs at NYU-Poly in Brooklyn offers up to $10,000 over two years (or $5,000 a year) for entrepreneurs enrolled in a graduate program at the school.

You will get the advanced training and skills you need to make your start-up venture a success, but be rewarded for your entrepreneurial efforts.

Here’s an idea of some of the innovations that graduate students at NYU-Poly are pursuing. Two students who are working with doctors to develop an affordable, easy alternative to existing medical diagnostic software and to reduce the errors that cost up to $17 billion annually in U.S. Another student has developed an electronic home urine test to check pets’ health.

If you’re working on a start-up venture, check with the graduate programs you’re considering to see if any of them offer scholarships for entrepreneurs.

Just think: If Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg would have had this opportunity, he might have continued at Harvard and earned his degree while being rewarded for his technological savvy and innovative thinking.

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