WAUKESHA, WIS.— Mere months after winning a regional competition, the Enactus team at Carroll University has another achievement to tout. One of only a few student organizations at Carroll to seek external funding, Enactus has received three grants, one of which was awarded to only 25 schools in the nation.
- The most competitive grant was for $1,500 from The Coca-Cola Foundation to complete an Uncap Opportunities for Women project. Sally Michalko is board president of the Plowshare Center, a nonprofit organization that provides a fair trade retail shop and educational outreach programs to promote peace and social justice in the community. Freshman Jacob Lail, a business administration major from Racine, Wis., is the project lead. His team will coordinate marketing efforts to expand Plowshare’s sales and outreach.
- A $1,500 grant for a Sam’s Club Step Up for Small Business project will support Martha Merrell’s Books and Cuddles, a dual retail space for books and gifts, which also hosts events for book clubs and visiting authors. Huong “Jenni” Vu, a junior business administration major from Hanoi, Vietnam, is the project leader. Two years ago, she was the project lead for a $1,500 Walmart Foundation grant that supported a Women in Entrepreneurship workshop. This project will focus on promoting events to attract young readers to Martha Merrell’s.
- A $300 grant to complete a Campbell’s Let’s Can Hunger project with The Food Pantry of Waukesha County. The project leader is Brittany Radish, a freshman business administration major from Muskego, Wis. Her group will organize food drives to meet urgent and lasting hunger relief in the community.
“The grant application process and resultant consulting projects are great learning opportunities for undergraduates, especially freshmen,” said Michael G. Levas, associate professor of business and adviser to the Enactus team. “Students develop leadership, marketing and organizational skills while engaging with the local business community. These are great experiences for the students, the Waukesha community and Carroll University.”
Enactus is an organization of student, academic and business leaders committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to transform lives and shape a more sustainable world. About 1,600 university chapters are active in 36 countries. Last April, Carroll’s team won the regional competition, based on projects that had the greatest impact on the local community, and advanced to nationals. To learn more about Enactus, visit www.enactus.org.