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The Howard University & PNC National Center for Entrepreneurship announces the 

Academic Year 2023-24 HBCU Startup Scholars Program an initiative aimed to empower the next generation of Black entrepreneurs. This program aims to both help HBCU student entrepreneurs grow their business ventures, while also offering support in furthering their pursuit of higher education. Program recipients will receive $10,000 scholarships to HBCU student entrepreneurs around the country and be complemented by an integrated portfolio of support including one-on-one business consulting/coaching, business management workshops, and networking events to broaden access to opportunity and capacity. Scholars would also serve as ambassadors for the National Center on their respective campuses. All scholars will be recognized and acknowledged at the Center’s annual conference in June.


  • Rising Sophomore, Junior, or Senior at a Historically Black College or University (HBCU)

  • Have a business idea that has already launched or have plans to launch in the 2023-24 school year

  • Applicants of any major can apply

Application Requirements

  • Personal Information (Name, Contact Information, College/University, Major, Classification)

  • Business Information (Business Description, Problem Statement, Evidence of Business Success)

  • Pre-recorded business elevator pitch

  • Letter of Recommendation (from professor, administrator, business leader, or executive)

  • Note: An unofficial transcript may be requested if awarded scholarship, to verify classification. 

Schedule for Application Submissions and Review

April 11, 2023: Application Announcement     

May 30, 2023: (Extended Deadline) Submission of Application Due

NOTE: Program award decisions will solely be made by the National Center for Entrepreneurship team, not by PNC Foundation, PNC Bank or its affiliates. 


For any questions, comments or concerns, please email Associate and Regional Director, Dr. Johnny Graham,

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