Empowering Young Entrepreneurs

Empowering Young Entrepreneurs
Posted on 09/06/2023

Platte County High School is nurturing the entrepreneurial spirit through a new "Aspiring Entrepreneur Award." Last spring, Platte County High School juniors learned of this unique opportunity, which encourages students who possess an entrepreneur mindset, and who are future-focused, philanthropic, and creative, to apply. Unlike many scholarships, this program does not consider grades, test scores, or financial need as criteria for selection. Instead, it values qualities like vision, creativity, and community impact.

Fifteen impressive PCHS juniors completed applications in May, and ten candidates were chosen to advance to the next round. In June, the ten candidates shared their proposed entrepreneurial projects (to be executed during the summer before their senior year), and from this talented pool, five finalists were ultimately selected.

These five finalists each received a generous $1,000 grant to develop their entrepreneurial concepts into viable start-up businesses, and will present their progress to another community group in late October with a chance to be awarded one of two $10,000 awards to continue their entrepreneurial dreams. The PCHS Aspiring Entrepreneur award is funded by a local, private entrepreneur.

Congratulations to our five finalists in the first PCHS Aspiring Entrepreneur Award program:

  • EmmaLyn Burnett - welding
  • Lucy McClain - clothing line
  • Katherine Morgan - cosmetology and beauty products
  • Scott Sellers - car and band instrument detailing
  • Jackson Thornton - drop shipping