January 25, 2008

TWENTY-FOUR TEXAS HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS HONORED FOR ENTREPRENEURIAL SPIRIT

Six scholarships will be announced at the
 2008 TCU Texas Youth Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, February 11

The Neeley School of Business will honor 24 Texas high school entrepreneurs for their success in business at the 6th annual TCU Texas Youth Entrepreneur of the Year Awards Banquet, February 11, 5:30 pm, at the Dee J. Kelly Alumni & Visitors Center on the TCU campus. These students run businesses ranging from powerwashing to jewelry design to full-service advertising agencies. (A complete list of names, high schools, cities and businesses is below.)

The Neeley Entrepreneurship Center will host TCU Young Entrepreneur Days, February 10-11, 2008, bringing Texas' most impressive high school entrepreneurs to Fort Worth. While here, the 24 finalists will consult with successful entrepreneurs, learn about TCU's award-winning entrepreneurship program and experience college life. The students will be interviewed by a panel of judges who select the six award recipients. The Grand Award winner receives a $5,000 scholarship. The other five award winners receive $1,000 scholarships. The scholarships are doubled for those who attend TCU.

 "At Neeley, we nurture the entrepreneurial spirit in Texas youths because we know what a vital force entrepreneurship is to the economy, and what it means to these students to realize their dreams of independent success," said David Minor, director of the Neeley Entrepreneurship Center. "These annual scholarship awards allow us to support them as they go on to college to hone their business skills and broaden their knowledge and impact."

For more information on the Neeley Entrepreneurship Center, the TCU Texas Youth Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, visit www.nep.tcu.edu .

2008 TCU Texas Youth Entrepreneur of the Year Awards Finalists

Name Business School, City

Ben Bates

Marissa Berenson

Agustin Bombela

Austin Brinson

Matthew Brown

Benjamin Bruce

John Bruton

Gabe Cocanougher

Steven Crandall

Seth Dennis

 Laura Edwards

Zach Galant

Steven Garza

Michael Hodge

Jamal King

Bryce Lindley

Levi May

Lily Mund

Ryan Place

Spencer Smith

Erick Van't Westeinde

Skyler Wang

Cody Warner

Russell Weeks

Texas Pinnacle Powerwash

Made by Marissa (jewelry)

Bombela's Lawn

Texas Power Tech, Inc.
(Computer Services)

The Frankfurt Group
(Advertising, Marketing PR)

Web Design by Benjamin Bruce

Caucasus Mountain Rugs

Cocanougher Enterprises
(cattle; truck hauling)

Crandall Brothers Lawn Service

MPS Innovations LLC
(Real Estate Investments)
Domestic Task Freelance
(Renovation & General Contracting)

 SisterArt

TeraByte (Summer Camp)

Stags Farm and Ranch

Hodgy Martial Arts (Hodgyma)
Hodgy Web Design

Westpoint Family Academy

Custom Tees

Levi's Lawn Service

Loma Verde Kennels

Swim Right (swim lessons)

The Computer Connection

Westend Trading Company
(European car restoration)

Renegade Magazine

Superior Outdoor Services

Precision Cuts (landscaping)

Lamar HS, Arlington - Senior

Fort Worth Country Day - Senior

Paschal HS, Fort Worth - Senior

The Academy of Science and Technology,
The Woodlands - Junior

Paschal HS, Fort Worth - Senior

home school, Aledo - Senior

Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts - Junior

Decatur High School- Senior

Colleyville Heritage High School - Junior

Texas Military Institute, Boerne - Senior

Stratford HS, Houston - Senior

Greenhill School, Dallas - Senior

Edinburg North HS, Edinburg - Senior

Scurry Rosser HS, Scurry - Senior

Brewer HG, Fort Worth - Senior

Midway HS, Waco - Senior

Bishop Dunne HS, Waxahachie - Senior

Era ISD, Decatur - Senior

Westwood High School, Austin - Senior

Burleson HS - Senior

Jesuit College Prep, Dallas - Senior

Klein HS, Spring - Senior

La Vernia HS - Senior

Atascocita HS, Humble - Senior