Explore the Southern Management Leadership Program

About SMLP

The Southern Management Leadership Program, formerly the Hillman Entrepreneurs Program, is a scholarship initiative targeted to students who have an interest in entrepreneurship and an enthusiasm for starting a business venture or leading a company. The goal is to support, develop, and graduate ethical leaders who want to energize and give back to their local communities.

Program Update March 2024

2020 cohort of SMLP students

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Program Overview

The Southern Management Leadership Program benefits the students in many ways – providing financial, academic and professional assistance.

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Have any questions? Reach out to someone on our team!

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Meet the dedicated individuals behind the program.

David Hillman and others

Our Founders

Learn about Suzanne and David Hillman, founders of Southern Management Leadership Program (formerly Hillman Program).

David Hillman and others


Southern Management Companies was honored with the University of Maryland’s inaugural Presidential Flagship Award. SMLP students, alum, university leaders and local dignitaries celebrated the milestone.