Full rides are no longer just for star athletes and straight-A geeks. The University of New Haven’s business school is the latest to launch creative initiatives to draw attention and attract top talent. The school will award full-tuition scholarships worth about $126,000 each to four high school seniors who come up with the best business idea, according to Businessweek. The Connecticut school hopes to gain attention for its growing entrepreneurship program by holding the competition through a Facebook page. The contest has so far received 35 entries. The school’s new dean, Larry Flanagan, recently spent 14 years as chief marketing officer for MasterCard.
“I’m bringing tested disciplines from the business world into the higher education arena," said Flanagan, "which, when you strip it all down, is a marketing challenge. There is not a lot of differentiation with a lot of business schools, so I think I’m bringing in a little more about how we differentiate our product and our brand.”
This follows other unconventional efforts to draw attention and talent. Postdam, N.Y.’s Clarkson University offered student entrepreneurs free tuition in exchange for a 10 percent stake in their businesses, while the University of Iowa’s business school awarded a $37,000 scholarship to the applicant who could describe in less than 140 characters why they would be a fit for the school.
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