BTC Awards 5 $1,000 Scholarships for Entrepreneurship

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record
The Galesburg Business & Technology Center (BTC) awarded five $1,000 academic scholarships to students with a passion for entrepreneurship on June13 in Building G on the Carl Sandburg College Main Campus in Galesburg. Recipients included, from left: Chelsea DeMott, Rio; Miranda Malone, Victoria; Kendall Shimmin, Roseville; FIRST LAST, CITY; and Ashley LaGrow, Rio. (Photo courtesy of Carl Sandburg College)

The Galesburg Business & Technology Center awarded five $1,000 academic scholarships Wednesday to students who have demonstrated a passion for entrepreneurship. The scholarships were awarded to Chelsea DeMott of Rio, Madison Flack of North Henderson, Ashley LaGrow of Rio, Miranda Malone of Victoria and Kendall Robert Shimmin of Roseville.

DeMott, who will be a junior this fall at New Mexico Highlands University, sponsors and organizesyouth rodeos at several locations in addition to teaching youth riding and horsemanship skills for rodeo competition. She is an instructor for the horse camp during Carl Sandburg College’s Kids on Campus and is planning an Illinois High School Rodeo alumni rodeo event.

Flack, 18, plans to attend Judson University and operates Madi’s Makings, where she sells custom-made chute hammocks and potholders at livestock events. Flack plans to have a booth at her local farmer’s market this summer.

LaGrow, who will be a sophomore this fall at Augustana College, runs Ashley Nichole Photography and Design, where she conducts professional photo shoots for all ages and weddings as well asdesigns graduation  invitations and T-shirts. LaGrow has taken professional photographs of locations such as Lincoln Park, Lake Storey Beach and Central Congregational Church in Galesburg and advertises her business on Facebook.

Malone will be a senior this fall at Western Illinois University and raises, shows and sells pigs through Malone Show Pigs. Malone studies genetics and selects proper feed for her pigs before taking them to shows and selling them for a profit. She won the 2009 Illinois FFA award for Swine Production Entrepreneurship.

Shimmin, who will be a sophomore this fall at the University of Illinois, breeds, raises, shows and sells cattle. He has used new technology for artificial insemination to improve the quality of his show animals. Shimmin sells steers and heifers to market, including Tyson Foods, and bulls to other farmers.

The scholarships were available to any high school senior or first-, second- or third-year college student who is a permanent resident of Knox County or Warren County. Students may attend any accredited two- or four-year educational institution and must maintain at least a 2.0 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale. Primary selection criteria for the scholarships were based upon each applicant’s entrepreneurship endeavors. Applicants had to include a business essay of 1-2 pages and proof of business activity.