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Academic Level:
Undergraduate Students

This coming fall, a one-semester college program called Watson University will be running in Boulder, CO, to help students become social entrepreneurs and help change the world for the better. Watson University scholars will participate in 15 master courses given by leaders, get excellent mentoring, and work to develop their idea or project.

This program is being run by Eric Glustrom, who was on the 2012 Forbes list of Top 30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneurs and who founded Educate!, a Ugandan-based non-profit that trains and mentors young entrepreneurs.

Note: students will get college credit through CU Boulder for a full semester that may be transferable to their current university or college. Any accepted applicants will have full tuition waived, if necessary, and housing will be provided. Students must be college students or recent college graduates, and any nationality is okay. The application deadline is April 15th.

Watson University is a semester-long incubator in Boulder, Colorado, for college students who want to explore their passions and advance an idea, venture, project, and/or organization with guidance from outstanding mentors, and receive academic credit for it. Some examples could creating a fair trade social enterprise that employs women affected by HIV/AIDS in another country, or creating a non-profit to help an underserved community in the United States. Watson is based on the belief that the university should be a place where students explore their passions; create ideas to make the world a better place with mentorship from leading thinkers, entrepreneurs, and innovators; and where the investment students make in their education is not only affordable, but will also pay off the rest of their lives.

Who can apply?

Any college student or recent graduate, whether American or international, can apply. Students can be of any age/year in university, and any academic background/major. We also encourage teams of students working on the same idea to apply as a team.

How much does it cost, and are there scholarships?

If a student is accepted as one of the 20 scholars we will be sure they can afford it, regardless of how much they can pay. Full tuition to Watson is $15,000/semester. Full and partial scholarships are available. Housing is provided if needed.

Do students receive academic credit for their semester at Watson?

Yes, once completed, each scholar of Watson University receives approximately one semester's worth of academic credit for their experience from our partner, the University of Colorado, that can be transferred to other universities.

When is the application deadline for the fall semester?

April 15th.

What does the semester involve?

Watson University is convening 20 student leaders in Boulder for the fall semester. It includes:

1. Fifteen short Master Courses taught by a network of leading practitioners ranging from a leader of the Nobel Peace Prize-winning International Campaign to Ban-Landmines, to a Time Magazine Hero of the Planet, and transformative social entrepreneurs

2. Award-winning training in creativity, leadership, resilience, grit, teamwork, and empathy inspired by Transformative Action Institute

3. The Watson Lab, where students receive mentorship and build partnerships to explore their passions and pilot, prototype, and scale ideas to make the world a better place.

Do you know a student who stands out as a leader with ideas and passion for a cause? Share this with them!

If you have questions, don't hesitate to contact me at Eric Glustrom- Founder and President of Watson University
accepts non-us citizens

Participating Institution(s):
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Watson University (Lead)
University of Colorado, Boulder

Program Materials:
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This Program can be Described by:
Academic Disciplines:
Environmental Sciences
General Arts & Media
General Business
General Earth & Agriculture Sciences
General Medical & Life Sciences
General Social Sciences
General Technology
International Studies
Medical Sciences

Social Justice

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Page last updated 10/30/2016
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