MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — Thanks to Textbook Brokers, qualified students in the Jennings A. Jones College of Business at Middle Tennessee State University can get a financial boost toward fulfilling their dream of becoming an entrepreneur.
Senior John Stewart, an entrepreneurship major from Charlotte, North Carolina, was recently awarded the very first Textbook Brokers Endowed Scholarship in Entrepreneurship in the amount of $1,000. The new scholarship will be given annually.
Stewart plans to pay toward his tuition with the award, which he officially received during the E.W. “Wink” Midgett Reception and Awards ceremony held April 20. Stewart is on schedule to graduate in December, after which he hopes to receive a position with a company to further his knowledge of how to grow a business firsthand.
"Currently I am building a business, but school is taking precedence and growth is progressing more slowly than it otherwise might, "Stewart said, adding that he’d "eventually own his own business, or multiple," feeling more prepared now that he has some financial assistance.
"This scholarship was the best kind of surprise and I am very grateful for the opportunity," he said.
Textbook Brokers decided to partner with the Jones College to develop a scholarship specifically for those who have declared a major or minor in the entrepreneurship program at the university, according to Carolyn Tumbleson, development director for Jones College.
Robert Batcheller, partner at Textbook Brokers, explained that Textbook Brokers began serving MTSU in 2005 on Greenland Drive and views the new scholarship as another tangible way to give back.
"Since we are an entrepreneurial organization, we found it a good fit," Batcheller said.
All of the campuses that Textbook Brokers serve in Middle Tennessee are managed by MTSU graduates, he noted.
Eligibility requirements for the scholarship include having declared a major or minor in the entrepreneurship program. It is also preferred that the candidate will have already received at least 60 hours of academic credit, however candidates with less than 60 hours will be considered if they have proven to have a strong desire for entrepreneurship.