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Grant Provides Free Tuition

12 students will have the opportunity to study entrepreneurship during a new winter colloquium while only paying for housing. Innovate Kentucky awarded $500,000 to the Honors College, Center for Gifted Studies, and Gatton Academy to support student development.

The course will offer students networking opportunities and support from fellow entrepreneurs while exploring key business concepts. Entrepreneurial studies cultivate strategies for innovative thinking, problem solving, and creating financial stability. Developing these skills assists aspiring entrepreneurs in bringing a business idea into reality.

Innovate Kentucky aims to foster innovative ideas to improve Kentucky, making the colloquium lead by Dr. J. Krist Schell a compelling awardee. Schell frequently primes students for success in the WKU Student Business Accelerator, a program within the Center for Research Development that allows students to prepare the first stages of starting a business.

Schell is one of several faculty advisors for WKU’s Enactus team (formerly Students In Free Enterprise.) The team applies business and entrepreneurial techniques to local, regional, and international outreach. Projects focus on environmental sustainability and business as a developmental force in struggling countries. These experiences provide practical experience in entrepreneurship.

Students interested in the colloquium or related projects should email Dr. Schell at krist.schell@wku.edu to enroll.

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