Fifty-five Arkansas Tech University College of Business students deployed their entrepreneurial skills over a one-week period to support a scholarship program that benefits their peers.
Students in Dr. Stephen Jones' fall 2021 Small Business Management classes invested no more than $5 of their own money in a variety of business ventures with a goal of raising money for the Dr. Robert R. Edwards Book Scholarship through the ATU Foundation. The students were prohibited from dedicating any additional financial resources to their projects.
Over the course of the one-week project, Jones' students raised $1,848.77 for the Edwards Book Scholarship. The average amount raised was $33.61 per student.
The top fund-raiser was Aspen Smith with $182. Smith is a senior business management major with a minor in early childhood education. She is from Berryville.
Other top fund-raisers included senior Jessica Lindquist of Clarksville ($176.73) and senior Savannah Berry of Mesquite, Texas ($122.45).
Over a span of four years, the seven-day business challenge program has raised more than $5,500 for the Edwards Book Scholarship and six ATU business students have received scholarships from the fund since 2019.
Learn more about the ATU College of Business at www.atu.edu/business.