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Read Smith’s UPDATED plans as of August 5, 2020,
for an entirely remote fall 2020 semester.


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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.


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.

Biomimicry Challenge
Applications close Friday, May 1, 2020
Finalists selected June 2020

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.

Holyoke EforAll Summer Business Accelerator
Application Deadline: Wednesday, May 20th, 2020 at 12PM
Classes last from Tuesday, July 7th – Thursday, September 24, 2020

The EforAll Accelerator Program is a free, one-year program offered twice a year in each of our communities. This program offers a unique combination of immersive business training, mentorship and access to an extended professional network. Anyone with a dream to start or grow a business or nonprofit is encouraged to apply. The program is also offered in Spanish in many of our communities.

Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC) Internship Challenge
Internships take place throughout the program year, within May 1st and April 30th of the following year

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.

The Rockefeller Foundation-Acumen Student Social Innovation Challenge
Complete the course and submit social venture idea by Tuesday, April 14th, 2020

Acumen, with the support of the The Rockefeller Foundation, is equipping student innovators to solve problems associated with poverty through a global challenge platform. Student teams from around the world are coming together to explore areas of opportunity, develop ideas, and pitch for funding and mentorship. The winning teams will receive up to $20,000 from a funding pool of $100,000. The winners will also be invited to join Acumen’s Community of Social Innovators to receive ongoing support from a network of Acumen Fellows, social entrepreneurs, and change-makers