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K-State Today

March 18, 2019

$1,000 scholarships available for 30 K-State students to take their first entrepreneurship course

Submitted by Brent Fritzemeier

Entrepreneurship Scholarship

A scholarship program in the College of Business Administration will award $1,000 scholarships to 30 K-State students who take their first entrepreneurship course next semester.

The Center for the Advancement of Entrepreneurship provides students with the opportunity to both major and minor in entrepreneurship. Students from all disciplines across campus are invited to apply for the scholarships. A sampling of the courses offered include technology and innovation management, entrepreneurial consulting and social entrepreneurship, among many others.

"The principles of entrepreneurship can be applied not only to starting your own business, but in any individuals' professional or work environment," said Chad Jackson, director of the Center for the Advancement of Entrepreneurship. "Taking an entrepreneurial mindset into your career, no matter the field, will have a positive impact on your ability to be successful in pursuit of your goals."

As part of the K-State Global Food Systems initiative, half of the 30 scholarships are designated to go to students with professional interests related to Global Food Systems. Students with an interest in food or beverage distribution and manufacturing, animal health, food safety, or any other food-adjacent industry are encouraged to apply.

Scholarship applications are being accepted now, with scholarships being awarded for fall 2019. To apply, fill out and submit the Exploring Entrepreneurship Scholarship application form by March 22.

The scholarships are made possible by a combination of K-State's Global Food Systems initiative, a recent grant from the Economic Development Association to launch the Global Food Systems Accelerator, and a gift from John and Lisa Kuenzi, whose passion for education and entrepreneurship were instilled by their parents. John Kuenzi's father and grandfathers were all business owners and entrepreneurs, while Lisa Kuenzi's father was an educator with a doctorate in entomology.

"Most individuals don't really appreciate how big of a role entrepreneurship plays in all careers," John Kuenzi said. "I believe the minor in entrepreneurship should be seriously considered regardless of the field students wish to enter — at the height of your profession, you will likely need to think like an owner. Having a tool kit that teaches future generations how to be entrepreneurial is the best gift we can provide."

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