The grant from The Burton D. Morgan Foundation to support an Entrepreneurship Center is among the largest in the College’s history.
Hiram College received a $2 million grant from The Burton D. Morgan Foundation to help construct, furnish, and equip The Burton D. Morgan Entrepreneurship Center. The Center will be part of a $7.6 million, 102-bed residence hall consisting of suite-style rooms with a variety of living arrangements.
Hiram’s new residence hall will combine both the residential facilities and the entrepreneurship academic and co-curricular facilities in the same building, making the entrepreneurship program truly integrated into campus life.
“We’re obviously quite pleased that The Burton D. Morgan Foundation chose to support our effort to create hands-on learning experiences beyond the classroom,” said Hiram President Thomas V. Chema. “When the new residence hall opens this August, The Burton D. Morgan Entrepreneurship Center will be the cornerstone of infusing an entrepreneurial spirit into the campus environment.”
“We believe that the juxtaposition of The Burton D. Morgan Entrepreneurship Center and the entrepreneurship residential learning community will present unique opportunities for Hiram students to pursue their ideas both inside and outside the classroom,” Morgan Foundation President Deborah D. Hoover said.
The Burton D. Morgan Entrepreneurship Center will house a 50-seat lecture hall, an incubator classroom, offices for the entrepreneurship center director and assistant director, meeting spaces, and a 2-bedroom Entrepreneur-in-Residence suite. The Center will occupy 7,105 square feet on the first floor of the new residence hall.
“This structure will create a richer and more meaningful educational experience for students and may even lead to synergies of ideas and business ventures,” said Hoover.
In November 2006, Hiram College was one of five grant recipients of the Northeast Ohio Collegiate Entrepreneurship Program for its E-Integration@Hiram program to integrate the concepts of entrepreneurship into the liberal arts through curricular and extra-curricular activities to reach all students.