Allison Hismeth '16, Hillman Scholar and Smith School Graduate
Allison Hismeth began at the University of Maryland as a Hillman scholar, and and went on to graduate from the Smith School of Business. She is now a salesforce analyst with Bluewolf, an IBM company.
Allison is featured on the Smith School website in, Allison Hismeth '16 Looks Back on Her Smith Journey .
To me, an entrepreneur is a person who thinks out-of-the-box, questions the status quo, and tries to find new and better ways to do things. We want to give people confidence to fail, to try, to walk differently than anybody else.
People will be successful if they set high goals and aim to achieve them. It will make the world a better place.
Chairman and CEO, Southern Management Corp.
For some the gap is wide. Minority, first-generation and low-income students in particular face enormous challenges to successfully complete their education and launch viable careers. Helping these students reach their educational goals and become leaders in their communities is what the Hillman Entrepreneurs Program is all about.
Using all of the resources available to them through the Program—from internships and mentorships to team-building and one-on-one advising, as well as a strong foundation in the concepts and skills of entrepreneurship, our students are excelling.
The Hillman Entrepreneurs Program offers a new model in education. Students who might not otherwise be able to afford a college education are now starting their college career at either Prince George’s Community College or Montgomery College and transferring to the University of Maryland to complete their degree in any major. They receive up to 2/3 tuition in scholarship funds. They also receive deep mentoring from full-time mentors at each institution. Students participate in community and team-building activities while taking classes in entrepreneurship and leadership.
The program supports students who might not otherwise be able to afford a college education, by offering community college students scholarships that help cover the costs of tuition and books and then supporting them in a seamless transfer to UM in pursuit of their bachelor’s degree.