Providence Catholic School (Providence) students were recently awarded a total of $17,000 in scholarships at the National Association of Women Business Owners San Antonio Chapter (NAWBO-SA) Entrepreneurial Spirit Awards. The Providence students were chosen for their outstanding business plans created and submitted as part of the NAWBO-SA Entrepreneurial Connections® Business Plan Teen Competition.
Fostering the Entrepreneurial Dream is a six-month educational program created by NAWBO-SA to inspire and mentor the next generation of women entrepreneurs. Members volunteer to mentor the students in the program, helping them get started on business plans to submit in the competition. The competition is held each spring and open to area high school girls.
“With over 130 area teen girls participating in our NAWBO-SA Fostering the Dream Business Plan Competition, Providence students rose to the top taking four of the six awards including our $10,000 top prize,” said Nancy Victor, NAWBO-SA 2013-2015 Chapter President. “Each Business Plan is given a number and judged by three high-level seasoned business owners who know first-hand what it takes to create a successful business from the ground up. No doubt the commitment to the program and attention given to detail by the school liaison, Rachel Sakai, gave them the edge they needed to succeed as we have found that those with truly committed schools and staff make all the difference.”
Below are the Providence student awardees, each with a short description of their winning business plan:
Linda McNulty, Senior, received a $10,000 scholarship for her business plan Merit Laboratory. Linda’s plan would allow homeschooled or public school students to utilize lab facilities on a fee-based contract. Students would be able to conduct science experiments, participate in field trips and workshops with trained instructions—with all lab supplies included.
Senior Carmel Tovar’s The Caring Company is a pharmacy which would provide low-cost medical supplies in south San Antonio. Preventative care informational sessions would be offered in English and Spanish. Free delivery within 10 miles would also be available. Carmel received a scholarship for $1,000.
Senior Raven Perez developed Safety Deposit Box for students to learn financial literacy basics—banking, taxes, money managements and shopping tips. In a one-week format, each box would contain five 45-minute instructional DVDs, and workbooks. She received a $1,000 scholarship.
Junior Caitlin Guarnero created a plan for a pediatric occupational therapy clinic, Two Little Monkeys, located in south San Antonio. The business would provide individualized treatment, by a professional staff, addressing developmental delays for children two months to 21 years. Caitlin received a $5,000 scholarship.
NAWBO-SA member and one of the program's judges Melanie Kirk, CPA commented, “It has been wonderful having the teens from Providence in the Entrepreneurial Connections program. They showed up at every event engaged and ready to participate and learn. Not only were their business plans well written, but the business ideas were terrific too. We really appreciate Providence and Mrs. Sakai supporting the girls' participation again this year.”
About Providence Catholic School: Providence, a college preparatory school for girls grades 6-12, provides a program of academic excellence grounded in faith and trust in a Provident God. Providence prepares young women of diverse backgrounds for the world of tomorrow and encourages them to develop intellectual curiosity, deepen their faith, practice integrity, and seek justice. Established in 1951, Providence is sponsored by the Congregation of Divine Providence.