Foster Center for Student Innovation

Tuition Scholarships

BxG Innovation Engineering Scholarships

Blackstone Accelerates Growth is an initiative to establish regional hubs of innovation and entrepreneurship that will serve as catalysts to propel new and existing businesses to greater levels of profitability and job growth.  One goal of the initiative is to accelerate the next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs. As part of this strategy, the initiative is also funding up to 400 scholarships over a three year period for students to take Innovation Engineering courses.  

Innovation Engineering is a system for developing and bringing innovations to market, and Blackstone Accelerates Growth businesses are learning how to use and apply this system to grow their companies. Students can enroll in Innovation Engineering as a minor degree program or graduate certificate, and the program complements any major or field of study—including the sciences, arts, humanities, business, engineering, and education. These interdisciplinary courses provide students with essential innovation skills for participating in the global economy and prepare them for bringing new products, services and technologies to market.

Because the Blackstone Accelerates Growth project is focused on building innovation and entrepreneurship in Maine, we will evaluate scholarship applications based on the student's commitment to Maine, demonstrated interest in Innovation Engineering, and interest in serving as an intern in Maine.  Students who take Innovation Engineering courses will be eligible to apply for paid internships in the innovation hubs, working with the companies that are part of the initiative.

The scholarship will pay for the full cost of tuition for one, three-credit Innovation Engineering course at any of the University of Maine System campuses currently offering the program.  Students must successfully complete the course to receive the scholarship with a C or better. (Note: These tuition scholarships are only available to matriculated students at one of the University of Maine System campuses.) Students may receive a maximum of two Innovation Engineering scholarships over the course of their academic career. 

Application for Spring 2014 is now closed. 


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