For more than a decade, McPherson College has nurtured its students’ entrepreneurial ideas by awarding mini-grants that help students develop innovative solutions to common problems. With over 300 grants awarded, the college recently announced the latest Horizon Fund grant recipients.
This spring, the Horizon Fund is awarding scholarships to 15 students whose ideas range from car rental service to daycare to fitness training. Individual grants range from $100 to $500 and students have the option to reapply for ongoing funding for existing Horizon Fund grant projects.
Abbey Archer-Rierson, Chief of Staff and Head of Entrepreneurship Program at McPherson College, said: “The Horizon Fund grant is just one of the many ways McPherson College demonstrates its commitment to entrepreneurship and supports student entrepreneurs on our campus. The grants have supported a variety of extremely creative ideas and this latest round of funding is no exception.
The Spring 2022 Horizon Fund grant recipients are:
- Edwin Buiter, Automotive Restoration, Ireton, IA – 24 Hours of Lemons Event – “I plan to race a car in the 24 Hours of Lemons open wheel racing series. We will buy, build, modify, race and repair a car allowing students to develop many valuable skills that they might not otherwise have the opportunity to develop.
- Zoe CarmichaelRaleigh, NC – Manual transmission driving course for women – ‘I would like to start a workshop where I teach women how to drive a manual transmission vehicle. I would use my own Volkswagen Beetle, on which it is very easy to learn.
- Isiah CollinsBiology, Las Vegas, NV – Resale Business – “I would like to create a platform where students can resell what they like. I have focused on reselling sneakers and would like to create an app where individuals could join groups and sell their items.
- Maritza González, Elementary Education/Special Education, Eagle Pass, TX – Daycare for students with children – “I want to do something to help parents with children who want to continue going to college. I want to start a daycare for students who have kids and provide a way for education majors to gain experience.
- Lola B. HippGraphic Design, Goodland, KS – Photography and Design Company – “I would like to create a photography and design name for myself. This would give students the opportunity to have their car or themselves photographed or to create a logo.
- Kadee B Johnson, Business Management: Accounting/Finance, Groveton, TX – Photography Business – “I want to start a photography business. I believe in capturing moments that can forever be considered a heartfelt memory for someone.
- Carson LambakisBusiness Management, Yukon, OK – Apparel Brand Focused on Mental Health – “Develop an apparel brand that empowers people to express themselves, empower and raise awareness through clothing. »
- Connor McDonaldAutomotive Restoration, Ashville, AL – Rental Car Service – “Normal vehicle repairs are taking longer due to manufacturing and supply chain restrictions, and people are left without transportation. J would like to rent additional vehicles that I own for temporary transportation. »
- Matt Mahon, Automotive Restoration Management, Topeka, KS – Photography Business – “I would like to expand my portfolio by taking more photos of cars, people, buildings, etc. on campus and in the city. Once I have a solid portfolio, I plan to incorporate photography into my career.
- Christopher J. MillerAutomotive Restoration, West Milton, Ohio – Photography for Automotive Restoration Students – “I would like to help other students promote themselves and their work in a professional manner and quality photos showing what they are capable of can be very powerful .”
- Luis Rodríguez, Jr.Business Marketing, The Colony, TX – Music business – “My goal is to make music that allows me to express myself and entertain listeners.”
- Daniel Salina IV, Health Science, Mercedes, TX – Car detailing business – “I recently started a car detailing business. I would like to receive funding for the tools, chemicals and business cards needed for my business. »
- Robert SchönbernerOmaha, NE, Automotive Restoration Business – Computer App Development – “My idea is to create an app that tractor-trailer drivers can use on the road that shows everything they need to get from one point A to point B. It would focus on the information big trucks need to get somewhere fast.
- Owen Sutherland, Sociology, Los Angeles, CA – Fitness/Training Company – “I would like to become a professional athletic trainer for levels from elementary to professional athletes. I would like to get my USATF Coaching Certificate and Personal Training Certificate to help shape people’s bodies and minds in a positive direction.
- Quashad Washington, Business Administration, Tucson, AZ – Fitness/Training Company – “I want to provide athletes with the effective training they need to perform at the highest level, whether at the college or professional level. I would train speed and mechanics, which are the main things athletes need to be successful.