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K-State Today

September 28, 2020

$1,000 scholarships available for 60 K-State students to take courses in Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Submitted by Chelsea Wardel

Entrepreneurship Scholarship

A scholarship program in the College of Business Administration will award $1,000 scholarships to 60 K-State students to take classes in Entrepreneurship and Innovation next semester. Students from all disciplines across campus are invited to apply for the scholarships. The scholarships are offered through the Center for the Advancement of Entrepreneurship and the Center for Principled Business.

"The principles of entrepreneurship can be applied not only to starting your own business but also in any individuals' professional or work environment," said Chad Jackson, Jack Vanier director 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, 15 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 available now, with scholarships for the spring 2021 semester. To apply, fill out and submit the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Class Scholarship application. Priority review begins Thursday, Oct. 1.

The scholarships are made possible by a combination of K-State's Global Food Systems Initiative, and gifts from the Kuenzi and Menard families.

The Menard family hopes that its support of students at Kansas State University will enhance the educational experiences of students, preparing them for future success.

"We are very grateful for the generous support from these families that provide meaningful learning experiences for students at K-State," said Marcia Hornung, Menard Family director of the Center for Principled Business. "This support will provide these students with opportunities that will extend beyond college years, as they become successful professionals and community members."

"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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