Entrepreneurial Scholar Program

Any Bradley University student, regardless of major or academic college, has the unique opportunity to earn the “Entrepreneurial Scholar” designation on their transcript by completing a prescribed set of requirements. Earning this designation shows potential employers that students developed skills in creativity, innovation, and problem solving. Additionally, the entrepreneurial activities provide practical experience to supplement classroom instruction. The program is designed to serve the following types of undergraduate and graduate students:

  • Those who have an interest in entrepreneurship courses and activities, but have no room in their academic schedule for completion of the Minor in Entrepreneurship & Innovation
  • “Entrepreneurial dabblers” who merely want to sample a few entrepreneurship offerings
  • Those considering pursuit of the entrepreneurship and innovation minor, but are currently undecided
  • Students who want to demonstrate to potential employers knowledge of practical application of entrepreneurial skills
  • Students interested in, or are in the process of starting their own business, and would like to receive recognition for their work

Any student wishing to pursue the Entrepreneurial Scholar designation will need to complete nine credit hours of course work and earn 12 points for participating in entrepreneurial activities.

How To Sign Up

To receive academic advising or to declare the minor, please contact Dr. Eden Blair, Director of Curricular Programs at: esblair.bradley.edu.

To sign up for the Entrepreneurial Scholars Program, please contact Dr. Jane Talkington, Associate Director at jatalkington@bradley.edu

Program Requirements

Required Courses - 3 hrs.

  • ENT 280: Entrepreneurial Creativity

Elective Courses - 6 hrs.

  • BUS 361: Collaboration in Organizations
  • BUS 362: Innovation in Organizations
  • BLW 347: Law and the Entrepreneur
  • CFA 101-102: Arts & Ideas Seminar
  • CFA 201: Entrepreneurial Mindset in CFA
  • COM 394: Communication and Conflict Management
  • ENT 281: The Entrepreneurial Career
  • ENT 383: Managing Entrepreneurial Growth
  • ENT 385: Technology Entrepreneurship
  • ENT 386: Social Entrepreneurship
  • ENT 488: Internship in Entrepreneurship
  • ENT 489: Independent Studies
  • FCS 170: Hospitality Leadership I
  • FCS 270: Special Event Planning
  • I M 450: Intellectual Property Law and New Media
  • MUS 101: Introduction to Music Business
  • MUS 304: Music Licensing and Contracts
  • SEI 200 and/or SEI 300: Topics in Entrepreneurship
  • SEI 210 and/or SEI 310: Practicum in Entrepreneurship
  • THE 223: Theatrical Producing
  • Additional courses designated by the Turner School

Experiential activity points may be earned from the list below.

Activity Points Earned Point Limit
Business Plan Competition Preliminary Round 2 4
Business Plan Competition Final Round 2 4
Start and operate a new business/social venture for at least 6 months 2 per 6 months 6
Brave Pitch Elevator Pitch Competition 2 4
Approved entrepreneurship or innovation project 2 6
Study Abroad program related to entrepreneurship or innovation 2 4
One year as an officer in CEO, Enactus, or SEA 2 4
Approved guest speaker events and/or extracurricular activities related to entrepreneurship 1 per day 4
Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization Annual Conference, Enactus National Leadership Conference, SEA Conference, or other entrepreneurship conference 1 per day 4
Attend a local entrepreneurship organization meeting 1 2
Attend the Turner Center’s “Starting a Business in Illinois” free workshop. 1 1
New Idea Competition Preliminary Round 2 6
New Idea Competition Final Round 2 6
Other Turner School approved activities