Aspiring Entrepreneur Scholarships

Funding the next generation of entrepreneurs

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The Lavin Entrepreneurship Center has developed scholarships that reward student entrepreneurs to help them reach their entrepreneurial goals. All scholarships are coordinated through the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships. Entrepreneurship scholarships are made possible by generous donations from alumni, corporations, private donors, and community organizations who want to invest in the future of student entrepreneurs.

There are three main entrepreneurial scholarships, the Conrad Prebys Scholarship, Larry and Madeline Peterson Endowed Scholarship, and Frederick W. Pierce Entrepreneurship Scholarship. The Office of  Financial Aid and Scholarships webpage lays out the criteria and requirements for each scholarship. Simply search a scholarship and follow the application process to officially apply.

Current Entrepreneurship Scholarships:

Larry and Madeline Petersen Endowed Scholarship in Entrepreneurship

Larry and Madeline Petersen Endowed Scholarship in Entrepreneurship

Lawrence, '71, and Madeline Petersen have been supporting entrepreneurs on the San Diego State University campus for years. The Petersen's expanded their support with the introduction of the "Larry and Madeline Petersen Endowed Scholarship in Entrepreneurship." The scholarship supports SDSU students enrolled in the entrepreneurship specialization or entrepreneurship minor.

The Larry and Madeline Petersen Endowed Scholarship in Entrepreneurship provides substantial support to the upper division, full-time students, encouraging them to pursue their entrepreneurial dreams and learn how to transform their ideas and inventions into profitable businesses. "It is the right thing to do and the right time to do it," Mr. Petersen said. "The students should be able to control their own destiny in their professional lives. That is why it is so important for them to start gaining entrepreneurial skills while they are in college."

Mr. Larry Petersen graduated from SDSU with a Master's degree in Marketing. He is a founder and President of LP Marketing, a sales and marketing organization in California providing services to major consumer and professional electronics manufacturers. In addition, Mr. Petersen founded Bayview Distributing and Development. The Petersen's have been supporting and nurturing the Lavin Center's young entrepreneurs throughout the years. With their joint effort, the Lavin Entrepreneurship Center will be able to give the next generation of entrepreneurs not only the knowledge, but also financial support.

Scholarship Awarded:

  • $1000

Scholarship Eligibility:

  • Minimum 3.00 overall cumulative GPA
  • Upper Division Undergraduate
  • Full-time enrollment required (Undergraduate)
  • Each scholarship award will have a value of at least $1,000
  • Recipients must be participants in the Lavin Entrepreneur Program or enrolled as either a Management major with an Entrepreneurship specialization or as an Entrepreneurship minor

Conrad Prebys Endowed Entrepreneurship Scholarship

The Conrad Prebys Endowed Entrepreneurship Scholarship is a scholarship offered through the Prebys Scholarship Series. In a large gift to the university, Prebys donated $20 million for academic scholarship use and university improvements. A portion of these Prebys scholarships are extended to students actively involved in entrepreneur programs on campus, including the Lavin Entrepreneur Program and ZiP Launchpad. Unlike other scholarships, this scholarship is open to all class levels.

Conrad Prebys was a highly respected property developer and philanthropist. Originally graduating from Indiana University in Bloomington, Prebys moved to San Diego where he donated millions of dollars to San Diego State University. Most memorably, Prebys is the namesake to the Conrad Prebys Student Union. Prebys’ generosity and philanthropic work in San Diego resulted in the university conferring a Honorary Doctoral Degree of Humane Letters.

Scholarship Awarded:

  • Award amount determined by the committee based on availability of funds

Scholarship Eligibility:

  • Full-time enrollment required
  • Involved with the Lavin Entrepreneurship Program or Zahn Innovation Platform Launchpad
  • All majors are eligible
  • All class levels are eligible

Frederick W. Pierce Entrepreneurship Scholarship

Pierce ‘88 is a distinguished alumni of San Diego State University and real estate developer and investor. He’s dedicated his career to the support of students in higher education. Serving as the Redevelopment Project Director for SDSU while simultaneously serving as President and CEO of Pierce Education Properties, L.P.. Pierce studied finance and real estate, receiving both his bachelors and masters degree through SDSU.

The Pierce Entrepreneurship Scholarship is limited to students pursuing a major or minor in entrepreneurship and offers priority to students involved in SDSU’s entrepreneurship programs. The scholarship aims to energize entrepreneurial behavior in students through financial relief.

Scholarship Awarded:

  • Award amount determined by the committee based on availability of funds

Scholarship Eligibility:

  • Minimum 3.00 overall cumulative GPA
  • Full-time enrollment required (Undergraduate)
  • Eligible Majors: Business Administration with specialization in Entrepreneurship or Business Administration Entrepreneurship
  • Eligible Minor: Entrepreneurship
  • Preference given to students involved with the Lavin Entrepreneurship Center or Zahn Innovation Center

Scholarship Archives

Dylan Kirchhofer

The 2016 Larry and Madeline Petersen Scholarship in Entrepreneurship recipient is Dylan Kirchhofer. He is an undergraduate student majoring in Mathematics with a minor in Entrepreneurship. Dylan is also a current member of the Lavin Entrepreneur Program in the 2015-2017 cohort. The scholarship will assist him as he continues to pursue his entrepreneurship education journey.

Dylan is a deep thinker with innovative ideas. His sales and marketing experience have been primarily internet based with profitable success. Passionate about the protection of the environment, Dylan continues to educate his peers on solution based ideas. He is a proven leader as captain of his basketball team and a team player in all aspects of his life. Also currently a USPA licensed skydiver and skydiving coach at Sky San Diego, Dylan has a passion for living by the motto, “live life to the fullest”. He recognizes entrepreneurship as a pathway to achieving his personal goals and making the world a better place for all. His goal for the future is to become a serial entrepreneur and positively impact the world through his endeavors. “I hope to have a life filled with travel and exploration”.

Ruth Tadesse

Ruth Tadesse was the 2015 Larry and Madeline Petersen Scholarship in Entrepreneurship recipient. Ruth Tadesse is an undergraduate student majoring in Computer Science and a current member of the Lavin Entrepreneur Program. Ruth expressed that she has always been attracted to the idea of pursuing entrepreneurial endeavors. “I was drawn to the Lavin Entrepreneurship Program because I saw it as an opportunity to learn about not just one aspect of entrepreneurship, but multiple aspects,” said Ruth. “I have always been business oriented. Outside of the classroom, Ruth is an active member of the San Diego State University Entrepreneur Society and has a keen interest in Web and mobile app development. She previously worked for the Bioinformatics lab at SDSU where she helped develop an Android app that serves as a guidebook for marine biologists that can be found in the Google Play store.

Raul Hernandez Ochoa

Raul Hernandez Ochoa was the 2014 recipient of the Larry and Madeline Petersen Endowed Scholarship in Entrepreneurship. Raul is a student in the College of Business specializing in entrepreneurship and participates in the Lavin Entrepreneur program. His interest in entrepreneurship was sparked when he learned about SOLO eyewear, a SDSU student-founded company. “I was amazed that students can and were starting companies and creating an impact at the same time.” One of the most important developments for Raul came from the Lavin Program. “It has helped me to develop the mindset of an entrepreneur. I’m breaking away from the idea of having to work for someone else and instead I’m better at taking risks which has given me the confidence that I need to take a new product to market,” Raul adds, “It is an amazing journey.” In addition to his academic studies, Raul is also a member of the Entrepreneur Society, Education Without Borders, the Business Honors Program, and Mortar Board.

Andrew Haines

Andrew Haines was the 2013 recipient of the Larry and Madeline Petersen Endowed Scholarship in Entrepreneurship. Andrew Haines is a student in the College of Engineering at SDSU, majoring in Electrical Engineering. Haines is enrolled in Lavin Entrepreneur program, a member of the Entrepreneurial Society, and is involved in IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) and AGC (Associated General Contractors) student chapters at SDSU.