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Dean’s Scholarship Fund at the Close School
The Close School student wants to make a difference and they know that our curriculum and programs will provide them with the innovative mindset and toolkit to achieve their goals. You can encourage the next generation of innovators through your support of a student scholarship. A gift of a student scholarship supports those students with a strong desire to attend the Close School, but have financial limitations.
Close School Programming
- Entrepreneurship Co-Op: This is a distinctive program both for the Close School and Drexel University. Students have the opportunity to work for their own companies for six months and we support them with a salary of $15,000 (similar to the average salary of a Drexel co-op). In addition, they are provided incubation space in the Baiada Institute for Entrepreneurship and individualized mentoring. As a sponsor of the Entrepreneurship co-op, you have the option of being involved with the co-op student as an advisor and mentor.
- Entrepreneurship Living-Learning Community: Our Living-Learning Community engages our Freshman students through programming that facilitates pathways to Drexel’s and the region’s growing entrepreneurial communities. Through dedicated workshops and networking events, the Entrepreneurship Living-Learning Community is an opportunity for leadership, civic engagement and startup. Your gift supports these efforts.
- Launch It Class: This is the Close School ‘capstone’ course. The methodology is based on the lean startup approach in which students test their assumptions about their ideas. We provide ‘seed funding’ of $2000 per team to move forward with their innovations. Your gift will encourage new ventures.
- The Baiada Institute for Entrepreneurship: Baiada is our signature experiential learning clinic, encompassing an incubator, mentors, and various other resources to support student entrepreneurs throughout the university. Your contribution to the incubator or to programming such as “StartUp Day”, is an immediate boost to current students.
Dean’s Strategic Fund
The Close School is a new venture. As we grow and invest in our students, we need funds for various programs as they arise. An unrestricted gift facilitates our opportunities for strategic initiatives.
Scholarship and pedagogy are critical to the sustainability of the Close School. Attracting and retaining high quality professors enables us to continue our unique approach to education and our thought leadership. If you have a passion for a particular topic such as social entrepreneurship, family business, technology entrepreneurship or something else, a professorship in your name will facilitate advancement of thought leadership and teaching in that area. You will be part of an ongoing legacy. A named professor can be in the form of an endowment for a tenure/tenure track professor; or a shorter term commitment for a teaching professor.
The physical spaces that comprise the Close School and the Baiada Institute are in full use on a daily basis by students, faculty, staff and visitors. There are several rooms and areas that may be “named” in your honor or in honor of a loved one.