Whale of An Idea Scholarship

Craig and Diane Welburn with 2019 scholarship recipient Sam Wallace and his parents.

The Whale of an Idea Scholarship is a business startup pitch competition for aspiring entrepreneurs who are aged 23 or younger. The scholarship is offered to all high school seniors and college students who are Martha’s Vineyard residents or have parents or grandparents who are taxpayers on Martha’s Vineyard. The Whale of an Idea Scholarship was established in 2019 and provides financial assistance to cover a portion of college tuition costs or fulfill a students’ entrepreneurial idea.

Funding for the scholarship is generously provided by Craig T. and Diane E. Welburn, seasonal homeowners in Oak Bluffs who, together with their four children, run Welburn Management. In addition to this scholarship, the Welburn family created the Craig T. and Diane E. Welburn Wall of Opportunity at the Martha’s Vineyard Museum. The Welburn Wall represents the remarkable diversity of entrepreneurs who have called Martha’s Vineyard home.

2020 Scholarship Applications

The 2020 scholarship application form can be downloaded here.

All completed scholarship applications must be delivered to the Museum or postmarked by Friday, October 9, 2020. Please mail to:
Whale of an Idea Scholarship
c/o MV Museum
151 Lagoon Pond Road
Vineyard Haven, MA 02568

Finalists will be interviewed via Zoom by the Whale of an Idea Scholarship Committee.