Business Creation and Development Marian University


Allison Fellows

Each year Marian University will recognize a select group of students entering the Business Creation and Development program. These students will have an outstanding academic background coupled with a desire to use their Marian University education in an entrepreneurial pursuit shortly after graduation. Apply online now.

The fellowship is named for Indianapolis' James A. Allison, an internationally renowned entrepreneur and co-founder of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It was on his estate that Marian University was established in 1937. The James A. Allison fellowship is accompanied by a scholarship of up to $6,000 annually.

The James A. Allison Fellowship Requirements

Students will apply for the fellowship by subscribing to the following:

  • Submission of an essay stating their interest in the area of Entrepreneurship/Business Creation and Development
  • Grade Point Average of 3.00 cumulative from high school or a SAT score of 1000
  • Campus Interview
  • Demonstrated experience with entrepreneurship – direct or indirect

The James A. Allison Fellowship is a renewable annually. In order to retain participation as a James A. Allison Fellow. The student will be expected to:

  • Maintain an overall GPA of 3.00 in college courses
  • Demonstrate timely academic progress in the Business Creation and Development Program
  • Meet with the BCD Program Director at least two times each semester
  • By the student’s junior year they must declare the business industry for the capstone plan
  • Build a business portfolio which includes
    • Establish a relationship with a business of interest to the student
    • Research the industry of the student’s interest
    • Research a business opportunity of the student’s interest
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