RIT’s Gap Year Entrepreneurial Fellowship allows students in the School of Individualized Study to take time off from school to focus on a personal business venture while still working toward their degree. Students in the fellowship also receive a $15,000 award to create the time and space needed to build their business, and they have access to mentorship from entrepreneurial experts at the university. The Gap Year Fellowship was made possible by a gift from alumnus Austin McChord, founder of Datto and venture partner at General Catalyst, who gave
$50 million to the RIT in 2018. The fellowship was one of many areas on campus McChord supported with his gift.
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