Apply for a scholarship

Passionate about an entrepreneurial career?
Want to start your own company someday?

About the scholarship

Current UMass Boston sophomores and beyond from any major who have a desire to work for a technology growth company, and potentially start their own company someday, are eligible to apply for a scholarship. In addition to a scholarship, the program includes a mentorship opportunity with Dan Phillips (pictured above with scholarship winners Sarah DuBois-Coyne and Maria Vasco) who will meet with the winner(s) on a regular basis to offer mentorship and assist the student(s) in acquiring the skills necessary to launch their careers. Additionally, if mutually agreeable, Dan will assist the student(s) with finding a suitable internship through his many industry connections.

To be considered for the award students must be interested in the mentorship opportunity and meet the following criteria:

– Be passionate about an entrepreneurial career

– Have a cumulative GPA of a 2.75 or above

– Be a Sophomore, Junior or Senior (who have completed 24 or more credits) in an undergraduate degree program

– Be currently working and utilizing loans or other financial aid towards their cost of attendance

– There is a preference for students who are the first in their family to attend college

– Must be available for an in person interview by the Scholarship Committee*

*All finalists for this scholarship will be invited to meet with a Scholarship Committee to review their applications.

StEP update

StEP is no longer active. All of the scholarship funds have been awarded.


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