Washington, DC – Today, Georgetown University received a $3 million grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation to fund new programs in entrepreneurship education. The grant will support interdisciplinary initiatives to develop new social entrepreneurship courses, establish curricular and co-curricular programs, and foster international entrepreneurialism.
"The generosity and vision of the Kauffman Foundation will allow us to pursue curricular initiatives that will help Georgetown become and remain a leader in innovative approaches to undergraduate education," said Provost James J. O'Donnell, welcoming the announcement.
The funding will promote collaboration between Georgetown College, The Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, and The School of Continuing Studies in partnership with The Center for New Design in Learning and Scholarship, The Center for Social Justice, and The Carroll Fellows Initiative.
Georgetown is one of 9 universities selected by the foundation’s Kauffman Campuses Initiative. Selection was based on a series of criteria, including the ability to create a culture of entrepreneurship that permeates the campus, the potential to create new representative models, and the ability to partner with other foundations and funders.
“Georgetown, along with the other new Kauffman Campuses schools, will empower all students on campus to access the skills, orientation, and networks that can lead to greater individual opportunities and to the creation of jobs, innovation, and prosperity for America,” said Carl Schramm, president and CEO of the Kauffman Foundation.
Georgetown’s proposal includes plans for campus-wide events focusing on entrepreneurship, programs to build relationships between entrepreneurial students and alumni, and an annual competition to solicit entrepreneurial solutions to global issues.
“Our initiatives will link students who demonstrate entrepreneurial promise to faculty, alumni and other students in a rich network of like-minded people,” says Robert Manuel, Dean of the School of Continuing Studies. “We will create a supportive organizational environment to nurture and sustain these new entrepreneurial ventures.”
About the Kauffman Foundation
The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation of Kansas City is a private, nonpartisan foundation that works with partners to advance entrepreneurship in America and improve the education of children and youth. The Kauffman Foundation was established in the mid-1960s by the late entrepreneur and philanthropist Ewing Marion Kauffman. Information about the Kauffman Foundation is available at www.kauffman.org.
About Georgetown University
Georgetown University is the oldest Catholic and Jesuit university in America, founded in 1789 by Archbishop John Carroll. Georgetown today is a major student-centered, international, research university offering respected undergraduate, graduate and professional programs on its three campuses in Washington, DC. For more information about Georgetown University, visit www.georgetown.edu.