Social entrepreneurship is an important process whereby individuals pursue innovative solutions to social problems. For Christian leaders, this blending of business with Christian mission can be a valuable means by which they help sustain an organization while promoting the Gospel.
Consequently, SEU Ohio is pleased to announce the new SEU Ohio Network Campus Social Entrepreneurship Scholarship, whereby one new student each year may be awarded up to $600 per semester. Although scholarship applications will be accepted from current students, entering SEU Ohio students will receive preference in the selection process. An incoming freshman who receives the scholarship may be able to maintain this scholarship for up to four years (8 semesters) pending satisfactory progression through their academic program at SEU Ohio and adherence to the terms and requirements of the scholarship program.
To receive and maintain the Social Entrepreneurship Scholarship, recipients must be pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Business and Professional Leadership (BSBPL) on-campus at SEU Ohio Network Campus. Also, recipients need to be full-time students in good academic standing with the university.
Scholarship recipients must also participate in SEU Ohio’s practicum program each semester, in which they will intern at a social entrepreneurial organization (or at a site with a mission aimed at a social cause in alignment with the beliefs and values of Southeastern University); potential sites might include, among others, Coffee Connections, Blank Slate Coffee, and Heartbeat International.
During a student’s duration in the scholarship program, he or she will need to be developing an idea for a Christian social enterprise. During their sophomore year, each scholarship student will develop several ideas for ventures that will improve their community — or the world — while helping to promote the Gospel. During their junior year, they will begin to create a business plan for at least two ventures that they see as likely making both a positive impact and a profit. Finally, during their senior year, students will research how they can tap into the energy of local organizations and to what is already going on in their communities to connect with social entrepreneurs, potential investors, and to thought leaders who might help them move their venture forward.
As part of the scholarship application process, applicants must submit (i) a current resume and (ii) a two-page statement of interest addressing:
- why they are interested in the SEU Ohio Social Entrepreneurship Scholarship;
- their commitment to Christian social causes and to their community, as demonstrated through their work, volunteer, and extracurricular activities;
- their career aspirations and how those aspirations relate to social enterprise; and
- any other factors the applicant deems to be relevant.
To receive consideration for the scholarship for the Fall 2018 semester, interested students must submit the scholarship application (i.e., resume and statement of interest) to Travis Sheffler at SEU Ohio at firstname.lastname@example.org by no later than Tuesday, July 31st. Scholarship award and renewal criteria include acceptance to Southeastern University as a BSBPL degree student and maintaining satisfactory academic progress toward a BSBPL degree as a full-time student.
All scholarships will be awarded in the form of a credit to the student’s SEU Ohio account and not in the form of a check to the student.