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The Rising Innovator scholarship is open to any student who is entering a college or university as a full-time undergraduate student and valued at $500

Amber Rhodes

The 2022 Rising Innovator Scholarship winner

Congratulations to Amber Rhodes, a senior at Lewisville High School is Lewisville, Texas who will be enrolling at Lubbock Christian University in fall 2022. Amber is the winner of the inaugural Rising Innovator Scholarship. We received more than 100 applicants for the scholarship; we were very impressed with the submissions and enjoyed reading the students’ thoughts and stories about entrepreneurship.

Read Amber’s essay: Entrepreneurs persevere to change the world.

We have also published essays from some of our finalists:

The 2023 Rising Innovator Scholarship

Note: The application deadline has passed for the 2023 scholarship. Stay tuned her for future scholarship opportunities and the announcement of the winner of this year’s scholarship

Rising Innovator, a site that provides resources for young entrepreneurs and their mentors, is eager to give back to the community. We are offering an annual scholarship award to students across the United States! The Rising Innovator scholarship will be open to any student who is enrolled in a college or university as a full-time undergraduate student and valued at $500!

Our goal with this scholarship is to help a student with entrepreneurial aspirations.

If you are interested in getting $500 paid towards your 2023 college tuition, see below to see what you need to do.

How to apply

Any student interested in receiving the scholarship for 2023 tuition can enter by submitting a 800 to 1,000-word essay on the topic of “What does being an entrepreneur mean to you?” The winning essay will be published on Rising Innovator along with the student’s name and photo. As long as the essay remains on the topic, the style of the essay is open-ended: it can be an informative essay, a creative story, a narrative – any sort of written piece.

Essays will be judged on originality, creativity, content, writing sophistication, and relevance to the essay topic. The content must be original and sources must be cited.


The 2023 college scholarship is open to students who:

  • Are enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student at an accredited college or university in the United States for the Fall 2023 semester

Application requirements

The application must consist of the following:

  • Your 800 to 1,000-word essay;

  • A short biography about yourself, including your background, where you went to high school and your college and career goals;

Your complete application should be submitted below.

Scholarship deadline & winner announcement

The 2023 scholarship for college students will be open until March 10, 2023. The winner will be determined by April 14, 2023. The student will then have 5 days to accept the scholarship. The $500 check will be sent to the school of the winner.

The application

Sorry, the application deadline has passed for the 2023 scholarship. We will notify the winner by April 14, and announce the winner at some point shortly thereafter.


Privacy policy

Rising Innovator assures that personal information provided in the applicants’ submissions will not be shared and is for internal use only. Data will not be shared with third parties.


Learn more about Business Innovation Journey, our entrepreneurial program for middle and high schoolers