The Ratcliffe Scholars program provides scholarships, mentoring and networking opportunities to entrepreneurs and future entrepreneurs furthering their education at AACC. The scholarships may be applied toward any credit courses supporting your entrepreneurial studies efforts—that includes architecture courses for budding architects, culinary classes for chefs and more.
In addition to financial support, the program provides mentors to help you launch and grow your business from idea generation to sustained financial success. They will guide, motivate, hold you accountable and encourage you to seek support of funders and other business leaders that AACC pulls together in specially tailored networking events. Need a quiet place to work on your project? Entrepreneurial Studies Hatchery provides you office space and administrative resources right on the Arnold campus. Thanks to the generous support of Phil and Carole Ratcliffe, some 70 scholars are selected each year. Would you like to be one? Apply today!
How to Apply
There are four types of scholarships and one grant. Click on each link for the eligibility requirements.To be considered for these scholarships, all applicants must complete the following three steps below by the application deadline.
Entrepreneurial Discovery Scholarship
Business Incubator Scholarship
Small Business Owners Scholarship
Enterprise Fund Grant (Email for details)
1. AACC Online Application (if not a current student)
2. Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application (AACC=002058). All forms of financial assistance at AACC require this.
3. Ratcliffe Scholars Online Application. All applications require an essay. Click each scholarship link above to find the essay topic and how to submit your entry. You will be judged on the quality of your essay including both content and grammar. The AACC writing center is available to help you with essay writing. To learn about hours and location, or to access writing resources, go to: www.aacc.edu/writingcenter.
For more information about the Ratcliffe Scholars Program, please contact the Ratcliffe Scholarship Office in CRSC 345 or firstname.lastname@example.org