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About the Impact Program

We teach entrepreneurship skills to students who want to learn how to impact their campus, local or global communities. Want to start a non-profit or create a solution to a community problem? How about improve your campus group or club? These are just a few of the ways you can impact the world around you.

 

Two ways to participate

Current and in-coming Wofford students can participate in two ways: we offer a four-year scholarship to students who are accepted into our program (see below). We will also work individually with current Wofford students or student groups who need assistance on an as-needed basis.

Scholarship support

Incoming first-year or current students who are admitted into the program receive major scholarship support. The average award amount is $5,000, yearly, renewable for 4 years, so long as the member is in good standing. If you have unique talents, interests and experiences and the drive to learn and succeed, we encourage you to apply for program membership. Admission is competitive, and the number of students accepted each year varies depending on the quantity and quality of the applications received. Students will be notified via email when applications are accepted each fall (in-coming students) and spring (current students). 
 
Impact is an academic program, but Impact membership and projects do not carry academic credit. The amount of work required is roughly equivalent to taking an extra academic course. Though you'll be heavily involved in this learning community, you'll be expected to perform well in your academic and other pursuits. 
Non-scholarship support 

Impact staff are available to guide Wofford students who need assistance with idea generation, improvement and implementation. We're happy to work with individual students or with student groups, including campus leadership, clubs and activities groups. To get help, just reach out to one of our team members.

 

Why entrepreneurship? 

A liberal arts education changes you. It teaches you how to learn, how to see the whole picture instead of only one part, and how to think. Liberal arts students are expert thinkers, but the new creative economy demands individuals who can not only bring innovation and creative solutions to today’s problems but who can also organize, manage and assume the risks of bringing an idea to reality. By learning entrepreneurship skill such as identifying opportunities, applying systems thinking to complex problems, resourcefulness and a willingness to fail, Impact students become not only expert thinkers but "doers." 

Students in Impact learn to develop and implement great ideas or “things” in the form of projects each year. 
 
Our approach includes: 
  • Teaching you to define, develop and complete a project based on your interests, or helping you refine a project you've already begun.  
  • Helping you learn to think like an entrepreneur by organizing, managing and assuming the risks of your project.
  • Developing your ability to see a new opportunity and take advantage of it.
  • Instilling skills, such as leadership and design thinking.        

 

Impact member projects often address an issue or problem on campus or in the wider world and outline a possible solution. Your project may be something local, like starting a concession stand or organizing a new student group, or it may be something a bit more global, like raising funds to help build a medical clinic in Malawi or benefit earthquake victims in Haiti.