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Enactus team selected as semi-finalists in prestigious Ford grant competition

05.14.2019 | By: Texas Wesleyan University
Photo of the members of Texas Wesleyan's Enactus team, competing for a proposal grant from Ford.

Texas Wesleyan’s Enactus team is now one step closer to receiving a $25,000 grant from the prestigious Ford College Community Challenge, which requests proposals that address vital issues like education, safety and mobility.

The proposal was submitted by the team consisting of students Catherine Smith, Brooks Wallace, Rowan Lester, Sai Patel and Taylor Ray. Meghan Wright, Ph.D., assistant professor of management, and Gokcen Ogruk-Maz, Ph.D., associate professor of economics, serve as faculty advisors.

The project aims to help reduce the homeless population in Fort Worth by working with community partners in the building of a cottage community where people can live temporarily, while learning skills that will lead to jobs and a more permanent housing situation, with help from Habitat for Humanity and the Tarrant County Homeless Coalition.

“We’re thrilled to have been selected to the next round of the Ford College Community Challenge,” Ray said. “As the project leader on this venture to create a cottage community in Fort Worth, it’s exciting to know that others are just as enthused to support our team’s dream to make this program possible.”

The team will now submit a video explaining more about their proposal and outlining its impact. The grant will help turn that proposal into reality.

“These students have worked so hard on a plan that will change lives for the better,” Wright said. “I could not be more proud of how far they have gone with this idea. This is only the beginning.”

Congrats to the Enactus team and good luck!

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