When a group of business students at Goshen (Ind.) College got together to put their business education into practice to help others, they had no idea the recognition and awards that would quickly follow.
Eight students, including Chelsea Schmucker, PHS ‘10, formed a team through the international non-profit organization Enactus.
Enactus brings students together with academic and business leaders who are committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to improve the quality of life and standard of living for people in need.
The organization works with student teams to create a project fitting the criteria.
GC competitors worked with “Meals on Wheels Goshen,” a program of the nonprofit organization “The Window.”
They performed a variety of tasks, mostly focused around what would benefit them most in the future.
Tasks included teaching accounting basics, working to establish requirements for meal delivery, organizing boxes of files, creating marketing materials and working to find grant opportunities.
Student participants gather at regional, national, and international competitions to present their cases.
In the first regional competition, held April 12, in Chicago, Ill., the GC team won the designation cochampions in its league.
In addition, the team was awarded a Rookie of the Year award and a $1,000 prize, giving it the privilege of moving on to the national competition in Kansas City.
The team again won Rookie of the Year in national competition against 150 other collegiate teams, May 21-23.
Schmucker, a junior accounting major, is a daughter of Doug and Mara Belle.