Scholarships & Awards

The Zell Lurie Institute scholarship program, established in 2003, is a merit-based scholarship program for returning MBA (or evening MBA students with at least 30 completed credits) and for incoming BBA junior and senior students. Eligible students will have achieved a meritorious GPA and will have demonstrated exemplary academic standing, strong entrepreneurial knowledge and interests, and engagement with courses, programs, and leadership at the University of Michigan. 

The scholarship award can only be received once by both MBA and BBA students.

Through the generous support of our donors, the scholarships are worth a maximum of $5,000 toward tuition. Students who receive a scholarship will be expected to help the Institute advance entrepreneurship at Ross and U-M, by serving as program volunteers. Scholars will also be expected to attend the fall Entrepalooza symposium and the Institute Advisory Board meeting lunch.

How to apply

The application process begins each July for the coming academic year. A complete application includes an essay and your resume. Please submit the application package to by noon on Friday, August 5. Scholarship recipients will be announced by Wednesday, August 17.

Please write an essay, not to exceed two pages in length (double-spaced, 1 inch margins) that addresses the questions below. Please also include a list of entrepreneurial activities you've been involved with at UM and in the past, and your UM ID number.

Think of a situation when you were confronted with a problem that did not have an immediate or obvious solution. This could be an experience in school, work or other community settings. What did you do? What happened as a result of your action(s)? How has this experience shaped your thinking about entrepreneurship and your goals for the future?

Scholarship recipients

Scholarship recipients receive a maximum of $5,000 towards their second-year tuition.