McPherson College Announces Spring Horizon Fund Scholars – Natural Self Esteem

For more than a decade, McPherson College has nurtured the entrepreneurial spirit of its students by providing mini-scholarships that help students create innovative solutions to common problems. With more than 300 grants awarded, the college recently announced the latest recipients of Horizon Fund grants.

This spring, the Horizon Fund is awarding grants to 15 students with ideas ranging from car rental to day care to fitness training. Individual grants range from $100 to $500, and students have the opportunity to reapply for continued funding of existing Horizon Fund grant projects.

Abbey Archer-Rierson, chief of staff and director of the Entrepreneurship Program at McPherson College, said: “The Horizon Fund grant is just one of many ways McPherson College demonstrates its commitment to entrepreneurship and supports entrepreneurial students on our campus. The grants have supported a variety of wildly creative ideas, and this latest round of funding is no exception.”

Recipients of the Spring 2022 Horizon Fund Grants are:

  • Edwin Buiter, Automotive Restoration, Ireton, IA – Lemons 24 Hours Event – ​​“I plan to race a car in the open wheel racing series 24 Hours of Lemons. We will buy, build, modify, race and repair a car to allow students to develop many valuable skills that they may not otherwise be able to develop.”
  • Zoe Carmichael, Raleigh, NC – Manual Transmission Driving Lessons for Women – “I want to start a workshop where I teach women how to drive a manual transmission vehicle. I would use my own Volkswagen Beetle which is very easy to learn.”
  • Isiah Collins, Biology, Las Vegas, NV – Resale Business – “I want to create a platform where students can resell what they like. I’ve focused on reselling sneakers and I want to create an app that allows individuals to join groups and sell their items.”
  • Mariza Gonzales, 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 in college. I want to open a daycare for college students with kids and give graduates an opportunity to gain experience.”
  • Lola B. Hipp, Graphic Design, Goodland, KS – Photography and Design Store – “I want to make a name for myself in photography and design. It would give students the opportunity to have their cars photographed, or themselves photographed, or have a logo designed.”
  • Kadee B Johnson, Corporate Management: Accounting/Finance, Groveton, TX – Camera Shop – “I want to start a camera shop. I believe in capturing moments that can be looked back on forever as a fond memory for someone.”
  • Carson LambakisBusiness Management, Yukon, OK – Mental Health Focused Apparel Brand – “Create an apparel brand that empowers people to express themselves through clothing, empower them, and spread awareness.”
  • Connor McDonald, Automotive Restoration, Ashville, AL – Rental Car Service – “Normal repairs to vehicles take longer due to manufacturing and supply chain constraints, leaving people without transportation. I would like to make additional vehicles I own available to rent for temporary transportation.”
  • Matt Mahan, Automotive Restoration Management, Topeka, KS – Photography Company – “I want to expand my portfolio by taking more pictures of cars, people, buildings and more on campus and around town. Once I have a solid portfolio, I plan to integrate photography into my career.”
  • Christopher J MillerAutomotive Restoration, West Milton, Ohio – Photography for Auto Restoration Students – “I want to help fellow students present themselves and their work professionally, and high-quality photos that show what they’re capable of can be very powerful.”
  • Luis Rodriguez Jr.Business Marketing, The Colony, TX – Music Store – “My goal is to make music that allows me to express myself and entertain listeners.”
  • Daniel Salina IV, Health Science, Mercedes, TX – Auto Detailing Business – “I recently started an auto detailing business. I would like to receive grants for tools, chemicals and business cards that I need for my business.”
  • Robert SchoenbernerOmaha, NE, Automotive Restoration Business – Computer Application Development – ​​“My idea is to create an app for semi truck drivers to use on the go that shows everything it takes to get from point A to point B and the information that large trucks need to know in order to get to their destination quickly.”
  • Owen Sutherland, Sociology, Los Angeles, CA – Fitness/Exercise Company – “I want to be a professional athletics coach for levels from elementary through pro athletes. I want to receive my USATF Coaching Certificate and Personal Training Certificate to help mold people’s minds and bodies in a positive direction.”
  • Quashad Washington, Business Administration, Tucson, AZ – Fitness/Training Business – “I want to provide athletes with the effective training they need to perform at their highest level, whether it be in college or professionally. I would train speed and mechanics, these are the most important things athletes need to be successful.”

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