Uncharted Learning, Stuart Partnership to Result in Scholarships for Students


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In conjunction with a Chicago-area nonprofit, Illinois Institute of Technology’s Stuart School of Business will offer a number of scholarships worth up to $100,000 each to students who successfully complete the nonprofit’s high school entrepreneurial courses.

Beginning in fall 2023, Stuart will offer scholarships to 30 students who have completed INCubatoredu and/or ACCELeratoredu courses run by Uncharted Learning, a Barrington, Illinois-based nonprofit that provides entrepreneurship courses to high school students nationwide. Students can receive $25,000 per year, renewable for three additional years, for a total of $100,000 toward their undergraduate tuition at Stuart. Students can also earn up to six credit hours toward their undergraduate degrees by taking part in Uncharted Learning’s courses.

“We are thrilled to support the next generation of entrepreneurs, innovators, and job creators by offering these scholarships,” says Liad Wagman, the John and Mae Calamos Dean Endowed Chair at Stuart. “Our partnership with Uncharted Learning aligns with our commitment to fostering entrepreneurial thinking and providing world-class education to tomorrow’s leaders. With these scholarships, we aim to create new opportunities for students to pursue their ambitions and contribute to the global business landscape.”

“We share Illinois Tech’s passion for innovation and experiential learning,” says Uncharted Learning Chief Evangelist Margarita Geleske. “We are thrilled our INCubatoredu and ACCELeratoredu students will have the opportunity to receive college credit for their rigorous work in entrepreneurship. No matter the career path, or paths, life requires all to think critically and creatively to solve real problems.”

Illinois Tech’s Office of Undergraduate Admission will award the scholarship, and it will be part of the students’ financial aid award package. Students can apply for the scholarship in conjunction with their application to the university.

Stuart partnered with Uncharted Learning earlier this year, allowing students to apply to earn up to six credit hours for the INCubatoredu and ACCELeratoredu courses. Both courses provide a sequence in which students explore and develop ideas for their startup business and then launch and further develop the business. In fall 2022, Illinois Tech hosted more than 50 Chicago-area students in ACCELeratoredu courses during an Innovation Day event at Illinois Tech’s Ed Kaplan Family Institute for Innovation and Tech Entrepreneurship.

For more information about this partnership, contact Brian Albertsen, Stuart’s director of recruitment and enrollment strategy, at StuartAdmission@stuart.iit.edu.