June 22, 2009

Entrepreneurial Student Leader Wins Prestigious Scholarship

Joshua Dennis was chosen to receive the Mosebrook/Pfizer Student Leader Award for exemplifying integrity, stewardship, responsibility, excellence and purpose.

Joshua is very active on campus. He is the founder and president of TCU Opportunity Micro-Financing, the Chapter Liaison for Delta Sigma Pi, a member of the TCU Real Estate Club and active in the TCU CEO mentor program. He has made the TCU Dean's List every semester and is a member of the National Scholar Honor Society, ODK Leadership Society, Beta Gamma Sigma and has won several scholarships. He is also a KinderFrogs volunteer.

In his winning essay, Joshua discussed memorable moments as a student leader, including his first foray into entrepreneurism as a high school disc jockey, which he eventually handed over to his younger brother. It was then that he discovered how much he enjoyed helping others follow their entrepreneurial dreams. 

Joshua settled on micro-financing, which assists entrepreneurs in third-world countries with small loans.

"People all around the world are pulling themselves out of poverty by using the same method I used to make extra money in high school," Joshua wrote.

He founded TCU Opportunity in spring 2008 to spread awareness of and funding for micro-financing. The organization currently has more than 25 student members and has raised enough money to sponsor five entrepreneurs in Zambia, Africa.

In October 2008, TCU Opportunity hosted a Ugandan entrepreneur whose life had been transformed through micro-financing. Joshua coordinated her trip through Opportunity International and Nat Haas, who has become a mentor for Joshua. The event helped Joshua realize his responsibility to use his skills and passions to make a difference in peoples' lives. "I plan on continuing to develop my entrepreneurial skills, as well as doing as much as I can to develop the skills of those around me."

The Mosebrook/Pfizer Student Leader Award is named for Stewart "Mick" Mosebrook, who spent more than half of his 63 years at Pfizer Inc. and was known as a decisive leader and a champion of workplace diversity. He died of cancer in July 2005.

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