HPU Associate Professor of economics, Ken Schoolland,
was awarded the Acton Foundation’s National Award for
Excellence in Entrepreneurship Education in an awards ceremony
climaxing a two-day seminar Feb. 2 in Austin, Texas. Schoolland
was nominated for the award by one of his students; finance
major Xiao Yi from China, who accompanied Schoolland to Austin
to receive the award.
Great teachers change lives,” said Acton Foundation President
Rick O’Donnell, “by inspiring students to recognize
their gifts and to learn how to use them to pursue a worthy dream.
Ken Schoolland is one such great teacher.
We want to recognize outstanding teachers who inspire students
to become principled entrepreneurs.”
Schoolland was one of 27 teachers from across the country to
win one of this year’s Excellence in Entrepreneurship Education
Awards. Each winner is invited to attend a two-day seminar on
entrepreneurship teaching and receives a $1,000 award and trophy.
Winners are also invited to bring with them one of their top
entrepreneurship students. Students each receive $1,000 toward
their education costs and participate in case discussions, lead
by master teachers from the Acton School of Business, that put
them in the shoes of a real entrepreneur.
All winners were initially nominated by students and then judged
by a panel of master entrepreneurship teachers at Acton. In nominating
Schoolland, one student said: “Professor Schoolland has
been great at opening up opportunities for students to learn
from real-life experience.”
This event is a celebration of teachers who are making a difference
in their students’ lives,” said O’Donnell. “We
are bringing students and teachers together to jointly discuss
how to make business education in America even better for future
The Acton Foundation for Entrepreneurial Excellence is a nonprofit
organization established in 1997 to serve both teachers and aspiring
entrepreneurs. The foundation trains and inspires master teachers,
equipping them with the courses and learning tools they need
to help aspiring entrepreneurs.