The INVEST Youth Business Scholarship Program is a flexible educational opportunity to support and encourage young entrepreneurs. It’s a business idea competition as well as a real-world learning experience.
The program is for seniors at all three Wythe County high schools: George Wythe, Fort Chiswell, and Rural Retreat. You do not have to be “college-bound” to participate in the program! Anyone with a realistic business or start-up idea can join.
Everyone who participates and meets the requirements of the program will get hands-on entrepreneurial experience, mentorship and professional services, and a certificate of completion that can be a great résumé booster. One student from each high school will be awarded a $2,000 flexible scholarship. The funds can be applied toward higher education, including community college, a four-year college or university, or a degree or certificate program. Alternately, the funds can be used as seed money to launch your business!
Do you have a stellar business idea? Perfect! You’re already ahead of the curve.
Step one is fill out an application by clicking the “Apply Now” button. Please read the entire application packet carefully. Once your application has been reviewed, you will be notified of your acceptance into the program.
Next, you will attend a “Business 101” class. There will be two dates to choose from. You are required to attend one class session in order to continue with the program. This is where you will learn how to draft a viable business plan.
The next step is to turn in a draft of your business plan using the template provided. Our team will review your draft and provide you with detailed feedback in a one-on-one session. We will identify the area in which you could use the most help, such as marketing or finances, and pair you with an expert in that subject for some hands-on assistance.
You’ll turn in a final copy of your business plan and then… DUN DUN DUN present your business idea as a slideshow or video on Pitch Night. Certificates will be awarded to all participants who completed the program, and the scholarship grantees will be announced at each high school’s awards ceremony. Finally, a reception will be held with the three winners and their families as the guests of honor!
Want to sponsor this scholarship? We would love to have you on board! We are happy to work with sponsoring partners at any contribution level to tailor a benefits package that works best for you. Call (276) 223-3343 to discuss a custom sponsorship package, or click the “Sponsor” button to contribute a designated amount now.