‘Jump Start Kansas’ at McPherson College Offers Up to $500 for High School Students’ Great Ideas

By McPherson College
January 15, 2015
McPherson College

Attention high school students with great ideas: McPherson College has an incredible offer for you.

Through the Jump Start Kansas idea competition, McPherson College is offering cash prizes up to $500 to high school students with a great idea they want to develop and explore.

“Our purpose is to build and continue our commitment to support young entrepreneurs,” said Christi Hopkins, vice president of enrollment management.

Applications are due by Jan. 22 to jsk@mcpherson.edu to be eligible to receive a Jump Start Kansas Award. The application form and more information is available:

www.mcpherson.edu/jump-start-kansas ;

Then by Jan. 29, McPherson College will notify students whom they are inviting to present their ideas on campus.

Invited students will present their idea to a small group on Feb. 12, as well as receive a campus tour, meet current McPherson College student entrepreneurs and connect with other high school entrepreneurs. They’ll also attend a mini entrepreneurship class to get a taste of what entrepreneurship education looks like at McPherson College.

Invited high school students who present on campus that day will be guaranteed a cash prize of up to $500, regardless of whether they ultimately choose to attend McPherson College. However, if they do choose to attend, they will receive an additional Horizon Fund grant of up to $500 to continue exploring their idea, once they arrive on campus as a McPherson College student.

“This is an incredible opportunity for innovative and creative high school students to pursue an idea risk-free,” Hopkins said.

The Jump Start Kansas idea competition has already changed lives. Just look at Jordyn Lipe, a sophomore at McPherson College from Hutchinson, Kan.

Lipe was a finalist in the Jump Start Kansas competition in 2013 with her idea for a business selling her award-winning baked goods. When she arrived at a student at McPherson College, the college invested in her dreams by funding “The Dog Bowl” – an on-campus coffee shop and bakery wholly owned and operated by Lipe and other MC students whom she supervises.

Lipe found her place at McPherson College, she said.

“It felt more like home than home did,” Lipe said. “Being able to come here gave me a fresh start. I could be the person I wanted to be that I hid when I was in high school. That’s what college is for - finding yourself and re-inventing yourself… finding your passion.”


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