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Scholarships & Awards

The Shawn and Sheryl McCall Award for Entrepreneurship

The McCall Awards for Entrepreneurship are granted to undergraduate students from any college or major who show entrepreneurial promise. Students must be enrolled during the 2014-15 academic year to receive one of the two $2500 awards. Each award includes $500 in cash, $1000 payable as a stipend for active participation in Venture Development Center (VDC) programming, and $1000 in VDC credit, which can be expended to further the recipient’s entrepreneurial education through startup activity, participation in startup events, and travel to meet with advisors and prospective customers. 

Brad and Jennifer Bono Award

The Brad and Jennifer Bono Award is granted to an undergraduate student from any college or major to recognize their entrepreneurial leadership and social impact. Recipients receive either a $1500 VDC credit, which can be expended to further the recipient’s entrepreneurial education through startup activity, or a $1000 cash award.

Delaware Innovation Fund Scott Jones Entrepreneurial Scholarship 

In recognition of Professor Scott Jones’s pioneering efforts to build an entrepreneurial studies program at the University, the Board of Directors of the Delaware Innovation Fund established the Scott Jones Entrepreneurial Scholarship - an annual scholarship for an undergraduate student in the Alfred Lerner School of Business and Economics. The recipient must be enrolled during the 2014-15 academic year to receive the $1000 scholarship award, which is given to an undergraduate student who demonstrates an interest and passion for pursuing entrepreneurial education and venture capital studies. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0. Financial need is a minor criterion for selection. 

Horn Program Award

The Horn Program Award is funded by annual gifts from the faculty who teach ENTR-designated courses. The award is granted to a student from any college or degree program who promises to realize a great immediate benefit from the receipt of the $1000 award. The Horn Program Award is granted immediately as a VDC credit, which can be used to cover costs associated with the pursuit of a business idea or an educational opportunity. Graduating seniors are eligible for the award; however, award funds must be used prior to commencement.

William and Muriel Elliott Scholarship

The University of Delaware's William and Muriel Elliott Scholarship Fund was established in 2014 by the namesake charitable trust. The fund provides scholarships to reflect William and Muriel Elliott's deep commitment to education and strong passion for entrepreneurship. Scholarship awards are made on an annual basis to promising students pursuing the Horn Program in Entrepreneurship's major in Entrepreneurship & Technology Innovation.

The Lerner College is home to a state-of-the-art financial trading facility, the $1.5 million student-led Blue Hen Investment Club, a student-managed restaurant and hotel, a high-technology development center of a global bank and a start-up experience for students with new business ideas.

Lerner College faculty - like Meryl Gardner, whose research on foods and moods was recently published in the Journal of Consumer Psychology - are thought leaders who command attention from influential business audiences, economists and policy makers.

All Lerner College departments offer discovery learning experiences and emphasize data-based analytics to enrich the student experience. Here, students at Vita Nova, our award-winning restaurant run through HRIM, joined professional chefs and winemakers in hosting a 2014 Mid-Atlantic Wine and Food Festival event.

The Institute for Financial Services Analytics is a collaboration between the Lerner College, UD's College of Engineering and JPMorgan Chase, and hosts events for academics and the business community designed to address consumer analytics and industry applications.

Undergraduate scholarships, made possible through the generosity of alumni and friends, enable us to support promising scholars. Here, Delaware Gov. Jack Markell and his mother, Leni Markell, join recipients of the William Markell Scholarship (center), which benefits students in Accounting and MIS.

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