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The Conway Center aims to provide students with information on entrepreneurial and financial education opportunities both on and beyond the Smith College campus.


Conway Center Student Project Scholarship

Applications for a Conway Center Student Project Scholarship are considered on a rolling basis. Scholarships are granted to students interested in supplementing their entrepreneurial or financial/business education course studies or furthering the development of exploration and experimentation with a value creation entity. Students are limited to two approved requests and up to $5,000 in total funding. Scholarships may be used for costs associated with research projects, launching a business venture, course-related activity or conference attendance. Note: Scholarships may not be used to fund an internship experience; Praxis internship funding is available through the Lazarus Center.


  • You must be in good academic standing at Smith College.
  • You must not graduate from Smith College prior to utilizing the funds.
  • You must have completed all paperwork necessary to receive payments from Smith College.

Successful applicants will receive funds, disbursed as reimbursements through the Controller's Office, after completion of the approved activity and presentation of lessons learned to members of the review committee.

Climate Equity and Justice: Solutions in Action

During the Academic Year 2019-2020, Smith will be embarking on the Year on Climate Change, the very first themed year in Smith's history. The Year on Climate Change is an invitation to the Smith community - regardless of background or passion - to engage in authentic collaboration, critical thinking, listening, and action. The Year on Climate Change kicks off with the Climate Equity and Justice: Solutions in Action conference taking place Friday, October 4th to Sunday, October 6th, 2019. The conference will feature experts like Joseph Kunkel from the Sustainable Native Communities Collaborative; Aparna Bole MD, pediatrician and board chair of Healthcare Without Harm; Gabriella della Croce, Lead Organizer of the Pioneer Valley Workers Center; and a keynote presentation by Kristina Peterson, the director of the Lowlander Center. To learn more about the conference programming, check out the conference agenda and the exciting list of speakers.

Registration deadline - September 30

Leaders for Equity-Centered Design

The Leaders for Equity-Centered Design (LED) Program is a two-tiered cohort program that focuses on building leadership capacity through design for social change. Partnering with the Design Thinking Initiative, the program’s mission is to equip students with the skills to apply human-centered design to address some of our greatest social inequities. A cohort of 12 students will explore who they are as leaders, how their social identities impact their leadership, how to develop deep and meaningful relationships with one another, as well as experiment with different approaches to addressing social problems by working with their campus community. After year one, cohort members will have the opportunity to apply for an LED Fellowship. Selected fellows will engage with the LED cohort as mentors, program co-designers and facilitators of group activities. They’ll learn and practice deeper facilitative leadership strategies such as deep listening, radical collaboration and emergent strategy, and liberatory design. Fellows receive a small stipend for their work.

Registration deadline - September 20

    Summer 2020 Design Immersion

    Design Immersions are 12 week fully funded summer learning opportunities with organizations and institutions across the country and around the world. You'll get to practice design and practice methods in order to help communities advance socially, economically, and environmentally. There's an abundance of organizations that are already confirmed to be working with Smith College. 

    Requirements include:

    • Being in your First year - Junior year. Seniors need not apply.
    • No prerequisite courses. However, if granted an Immersion, students are required to take a course in the spring designed to prepare students for the Immersion experience. 

    Application deadline - September 29


    3rd Annual Women in Alternative Investments Career Forum
    November 8, 2019 (New York, NY)

    The headlines and studies are pervasive on the gap in women in alternatives despite the proven value to diversity.  The goal of the Career Forum is to broaden the funnel of women into the alternatives industry and provide a setting where candidates can learn, engage, and network with industry veterans across the spectrum of careers.  This will be the third time that the Women’s Association of Venture and Equity (WAVE) has hosted the event and we expect 400+ attendees (approximately half candidates, half industry professionals). The event will begin at 7:00 am and last until 2:30 pm and the format will consist of panels, roundtables, and an Expo where students can speak with companies currently looking to hire.  Companies in attendance are expected to include private equity and venture capital firms, hedge funds, limited partners, investment banks, placement agents, and other firms within the alternatives industry. Students currently in undergraduate or graduate programs or those that have graduated in the prior 3 years are welcome to apply.

    7th Annual Student Managed Investment Fund Consortium Conference
    October 31 - November 1, 2019 (Chicago, IL)

    The purpose of the consortium is to enhance student learning and scholarship, record best practices in investment management among SMIF partners, provide a vehicle for student networking and exchange of ideas, and provide a permanent repository of relevant literature and recorded student experiences. The SMIF Consortium builds a community of institutions with a shared vision for student success and leadership in investing. The SMIF Consortium also establishes relationships with industry partners to assist in its primary goals of student education, research, and leadership. Smithies may apply for a Conway Center Student Project Scholarship to cover the cost of registration and travel for the conference.

    23rd Annual International Busiess Ethics Case Competition
    April 22-24, 2020 (Boston, MA)

    The International Business Ethics Case Competition is the nation’s oldest and most distinguished event of its kind. Designed with the assistance of Fortune 500 senior executives, IBECC was founded in 1996 by Thomas I. White, Ph.D., the Inaugural Conrad N. Hilton Chair in Business Ethics and Director of the Center for Ethics and Business at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. IBECC is now an independent 501c3 organization seeking academic and corporate partners.

    IBECC helps students develop critical skills in ethical analysis which they will then bring to the organizations they join after graduation. The competition is judged predominantly by seasoned executives.

    Baylor New Venture Competition
    March 21 - 22, 2020 (Waco, TX)

    Big dreams can become a reality with the Baylor New Venture Competition. Encourage the student entrepreneurs you know to apply to participate in the 2020 Baylor New Venture Competition, a business plan competition where students will gain valuable feedback, useful tools and seed capital for their ventures. Participating teams will compete against other teams within their industry or business cycle stage: Health & Life Sciences; Natural Resources, Energy & Chemical; Consumer Goods & Services; Finance & Fintech; Technology; Global Mission Idea Stage; Recurring Revenue; or Exited a Company.

    Biomimicry Challenge

    The Biomimicry Global Design Challenge is an annual team competition that focuses on addressing critical sustainability issues with nature-inspired solutions. The Challenge is hosted by the Biomimicry Institute, in partnership with the Ray C. Anderson Foundation. The challenge is open to teams of students and professionals anywhere in the world. Finalists and winners selected by our expert jury are eligible to win prize money as well as assistance in bringing their solution to the global marketplace via our Biomimicry Launchpad program. At the end of the Launchpad one team will be awarded the $100,000 Ray of Hope Prize®, endowed the Ray C. Anderson Foundation.

    Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC) Internship Challenge

    The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC) Internship Challenge is a workforce development program focused on enhancing the talent pipeline for Massachusetts companies engaged in life sciences. The program connects employers with prospective interns through an online platform and reimburses eligible companies for intern stipends. The Internship Challenge expands the pool of prospective employees who have practical experience, increases opportunities for mentoring, and enables more students from across the Commonwealth to explore careers in the life sciences industry. Internships can be part or full time and can take place throughout the 12-month Program Year, which runs from May 1st through April 30th of the following year. Applications are accepted year-round but will expire at the end of each Program Year or after six months if not renewed. Company representatives review applications on a rolling basis and contact applicants directly if they are interested in hiring them for an internship.

    Student Startup Madness (SSM)

    Student Startup Madness, along with its sponsors and host universities, believes in American entrepreneurship and on-campus startups—and wants to help young student entrepreneurs succeed and become a part of the SXSW experience. Each round of the nationwide tournament will build momentum, awareness and social media buzz, drawing attention to colleges and universities as sources for innovation, entrepreneurship and talent while showcasing university entrepreneurship and encouraging college students to start businesses. Student Startup Madness (SSM) is open to all college student digital media startups from any college/university in the United States. (Application deadline - Early Admission: Midnight (EST) Friday, October 18, 2019; Regular Admission: Midnight (EST), Friday, November 29, 2019)

    VentureWell E-Teams Grant Program

    Grants for tech and science startup teams are available for those who are trying to launch any innovations that deal with making a health, social or environmental impact. You will become a part of the E-Teams Program (a network of student-led teams with faculty members) who are able to support participant ventures through funding, training, and mentorship. Additional resources are available to help teams if they choose to continue their startups after graduation. Deadline to apply is October 1st.

    Guidelines for your team include:

    • An intent to commercialize your project
    • Impact at a social and an environmental level
    • A student team that includes two or more students and a faculty advisor

    NFTE’s World Series of Innovation (WSI)

    The NFTE (that's the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship) prepares to celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week by creating a set of challenges for the NFTE World Series of Innovation. They are encourgaing young people to come up with innovative ways to take on our current biggest issue "What society can do to meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals"? 

    The challenges are all online! It can be completed in just a few hours, start to finish. Small groups of students or individuals can work to focus on one or all categories. Over $20,000 in prize money will be awarded. You can also nominate people so they can recieve a special invitation to compete and have their work submitted by December 16.