An Odd Contest at the University of New Haven

One Connecticut college is offering free tuition to four freshman in the college’s business program who can really impress the business school dean with their plans to start companies.

The University of New Haven’s Dean’s Scholarship Challenge is open through March 1. According to an Associated Press article in the Register Citizen:

UNH’s new business school dean, a former MasterCard executive responsible for its “Priceless” advertising campaign, has issued a challenge to the university’s incoming freshmen: Bowl me over with your entrepreneurial idea and win free tuition for your undergraduate degree.

Larry Flanagan calls it an opportunity to draw the kind of creative students that the University of New Haven wants and to help carve out the small private school’s niche in higher education circles as an incubator for innovative business education.

Um, if you’ve got an amazing, fully fleshed-out, entrepreneurial business idea, you should probably skip four years at the University of New Haven altogether. Maybe just start the damn business.

Support Nonprofit Journalism

If you enjoyed this article, consider making a donation to help us produce more like it. The Washington Monthly was founded in 1969 to tell the stories of how government really works—and how to make it work better. Fifty years later, the need for incisive analysis and new, progressive policy ideas is clearer than ever. As a nonprofit, we rely on support from readers like you.

Yes, I’ll make a donation

Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer