High school seniors from Fort Scott and New Mexico are the recipients of the 2010 Fran Jabara Scholarship in Entrepreneurship at Wichita State University.
Alex Pemberton, a senior at Fort Scott High School, and Matthew Helmick, a senior at Rio Rancho High School in Rio Rancho, N.M., are the winners, Barton School dean Doug Hensler announced Thursday.
Pemberton plans to major in entrepreneurship.
"Obviously the point is to start your own company," he said. "What this does is gives you a solid foundation for whatever you want to do."
Helmick plans to major in entrepreneurship and marketing, with an eye toward starting his own business.
"I've thought a lot about starting my own business," he said. "I've also thought a lot about an existing company and furthering a product line. I think it's really neat to develop new products and get them out on the market, so I'm looking to do something like that, too."
Pemberton has been honored in debate and forensics, as well as baseball and basketball as a member of the varsity teams. He said that his introduction to WSU came through a winter baseball camp four years ago.
Helmick has been the varsity bowling captain at his school for two years. He's been honored in district and state DECA competitions
The scholarships are named for Fran Jabara, former dean of the College of Business Administration at WSU and a founder of the Center for Entrepreneurship.
The scholarship, one of the most prestigious at WSU, awards each recipient $20,000 over four years.
To be eligible, a student must have a minimum ACT score of 24, have a GPA of 3.5 or better and major in entrepreneurship.