Undergraduate Innovation Scholars
The Undergraduate Innovation & Entrepreneurship Scholar Program attracts the brightest and best of the next generation of innovative thinkers and doers. The unique educational and experiential two-year learning program integrates academic coursework, experiential learning and entrepreneurial mentorship.
The program is a two-year program with Scholars entering the program at the start of their junior year and ending at the end of their senior year. During the junior year and first semester of their senior year, Scholars will be required to participate and attend a number of workshops and events and produce a journal about their experiences and learning which will be submitted to the program Director quarterly.
Scholars will also be expected to participate in the monthly Roundtable discussions with the Swartz Fellows and be invited to participate in the Trek to Silicon Valley. During the summer between their junior and senior year, Scholars will be required to intern at a startup. The last semester of their senior year, Scholars will serve as mentors and coaches for the junior Scholars in the program.
For detailed information please download a copy of the Undergraduate Innovation and Entrepreneurship Scholar Program Curriculum [.pdf]
Benefits of Being an Undergraduate Innovation and Entrepreneurship Scholar
- 12 week paid Summer internship at a startup between student's junior and senior year (up to $6,000)
- $1,000 grant to attend the Silicon Valley Trek
- One year Tie Pittsburgh membership
- One year MIT Enterprise Forum membership
- Fee waived for attending one Startup Tour
- Current a sophomore in the second semester in any school or college at Carnegie Mellon University
- Successful completion of one of the following courses in entrepreneurship
- 70-415 Introduction to Entrepreneurship
- 70-414 Introduction to Entrepreneurship for Engineers (Technology-based Entrepreneurship – CIT)
- 70-420 Introduction to Entrepreneurship for Scientists
- 70-421 Introduction to Entrepreneurship for Computer Scientists
Submit applications to Kit Needham email@example.com
Part 1: Resume (1 pg max)
Part 2: Personal Statement (2 pg max, 10-pt Arial font, 1.5 space, 1 inch margins)
a. Entrepreneurial passions
b. Goals ( internship, immediately post-graduation, long-term)
c. Programs, courses and events you have attended while at CMU
d. Past and current entrepreneurial successes and failures
e. Plans to contribute to the evolution of CMU's entrepreneurial ecosystem
f. Role of the UG Entrepreneurial Scholar program in achieving your goals
Optional: Two letters of recommendations sent directly to Kit Needham (firstname.lastname@example.org) or the recommender by the application deadline. (1 page max each, 10-pt Arial font, 1.5 space, 1 inch margins)
Fostering Innovation & Entrepreneurship
- Increase the number of successful startups initiated by or involving CMU undergraduate students.
- Broaden our undergraduates’ awareness of, education in, and involvement with the Carnegie Mellon Innovation Ecosystem.
- Engage alumni and entrepreneurial experts through programs and mentorship for enhancement of the student experience and innovation ecosystem.
The Undergraduate Innovation & Entrepreneurship Scholar Program was created through the endowment from the McCune Foundation in 2013. The purpose of the grant is to foster innovation and entrepreneurship among undergraduate students.