Scholarships to help small companies, nonprofits, or entrepreneurs improve knowledge, business skills.

Carlson Executive Education is awarding 10 scholarships, valued at up to $3,500 each, to Minnesota-based small businesses, nonprofit organizations, and entrepreneurs who best articulate how their organization could overcome challenges or capitalize on opportunities by acquiring new knowledge and skills. The scholarships can be used to explore a variety of topics taught at the Carlson School including finance, marketing, operations, strategy, leadership, and personal performance improvement.

Scholarship winners will be able to attend one of Carlson Executive Education's open enrollment programs, which typically consist of two-to- three-days of instruction.

The scholarship is available for small companies or nonprofits that have fewer than 100 employees, as well as individual entrepreneurs.

The deadline to apply online is December 9, 2011.