Hillman Entrepreneurs Program

To say that the Hillman Entrepreneurship Program was significantly impactful on my life is an understatement. The program truly changed my life.

Wade Cassamajor ‘08

David Hillman, Founder and Benefactor of the Hillman Entrepreneurs Program

David HillmanDavid Hillman, founder and benefactor of Hillman Entrepreneurs Program at the University of Maryland, and the founder and CEO of Southern Management Corporation, passed away on December 27, 2017, at the age of 75. Mr. Hillman led the region’s largest real estate management firm. His legacy continues at UMD through the Hillman Entrepreneurs Program, which supports the development of promising students who transfer from Prince George’s Community College and Montgomery College.

Read Director Gül Branco's tribute to David here .

Our Mission

Our program's mission is to support, develop, and graduate ethical leaders who want to energize and give back to their local communities in their business pursuits.

Our Founder

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.


David Hillman
Chairman and CEO, Southern Management Corp.

Our Impact

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.

About the Hillman Entrepreneurs

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.