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Supported by the Philip E. and Carole R. Ratcliffe Foundation

The Entrepreneurs Scholarship provides:

  • Funds for tuition, fees, books and supplies for credit and preapproved noncredit courses (including BNS-393 Entrepreneurs Ramp Up mentoring)
  • Practical experience
  • Resources to support entrepreneurial student success

There is a lifetime maximum of $12,000 per student for the Entrepreneurs Scholarship. Availability of funds is contingent on a variety of factors including continued financial support by the Ratcliffe Foundation.

Eligibility Criteria

To apply, you should:

  • Possess entrepreneurial aspirations (a business owner or someone who wants to start a new venture)
  • Have a completed FAFSA for the current academic year on file with AACC
  • Be a current student or have a completed admissions application at AACC
  • Have earned a GPA of 2.5 or better
  • Be a United States citizen


The deadline is noon on Friday, Oct. 29. Recipients will be notified at the Big Idea Competition on Thursday, Nov. 18. For more information and to register, visit our Big Idea webpage.

Entrepreneurs Scholarship Mentoring

As part of the BNS 393 "Ramp Up" course, every scholarship recipient will sign up with a mentor who will provide guidance and advice. The mentors and mentees will be required to meet and actively participate in the ESI Mentorship program.

Internship Scholarship 

(Available to current Ratcliffe Scholars only.)

The Internship Scholarship provides a $1,500 stipend for 100 to 120 hours. The stipend is paid in two installments after successfully completing the first half and after successfully completing the second half of the internship experience.


  • Secure an internship prior to registering for the course. Assistance and support is available from AACC's internship office.
  • Register for BPA-275 Internship in Business 1.


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