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

The Entrepreneurs Scholarship program includes:

  • Funding for tuition, fees, books and supplies for credit and non-credit* courses (including BNS 393 Entrepreneurs Ramp Up mentoring). *Non-Credit courses must be pre-approved.
  • 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.

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.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Anyone who has entrepreneurial aspirations may apply, this includes current business owners and those who wish to start a new venture.
  • Completed FAFSA for current academic year on file with AACC.
  • Current student or completed application for enrollment at AACC.
  • GPA of 2.5 or better.


The application deadline is July 12 by Noon.

Internship Scholarship

(Available to current Ratcliffe Scholars only.)

The Internship Scholarship provides $1,500 stipend for 100-120 hours

Students receive a practical learning opportunity to complement their classroom learning.


  • Establish an internship agreement with assistance from the AACC Internship Office.
  • Register for ESI 275 Internship in Business I.