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6295-Grants Awarded to Malone University Students in Free Enterprise

6295-March 2, 2012

The Malone University Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) recently applied for – and have been awarded – the following three national grants:

The Sam's Club Step Up for Small Business Grant

The team was awarded $1500 to help a local small business grow and become more environmentally sustainable. They chose to partner with In the Round Design Group and PEAK (A provider agency for mentally challenged adults). In the Round is designing a new website for PEAK which the SIFR team funded through the grant, in addition to providing two new water efficient toilets for PEAK.

The Campbell's Soup Let's Can Hunger Grant

The team is currently collecting 5,000 pounds of food for the Stark County Hunger Task Force

The Walmart Women's Economic Empowerment Grant

The Malone team is hosting a SIFE Careers for Life Seminar funded by the grant, partnering with:

  • Malone SIFE
  • Malone Center for Student Success/Career Development
  • Workforce Readiness Committee
  • Stark County Human Resource Association
  • National SHERM (Society for Human Resource Management)
  • Stark County Job and Family Services
  • BeadForLife - Raising money by selling jewelry hand rolled paper beads, more than 95% of the sale price goes directly to the women in Uganda to empower them and help them out of poverty. 

In addition, SIFE and Walmart have joined together to empower women by providing entrepreneurial and workforce skills via SIFE teams. This partnership is a unique opportunity to galvanize SIFE teams to enable women to contribute to their family's financial success.

 "When women are unemployed, their rates of ill health and mental health issues are higher. If they have a family, the entire family is affected, by not only the reduced income, but these additional complications," says Trish Berg, SIFE adviser.

Malone University, a Christian university for the arts, sciences, and professions in the liberal arts tradition, affiliated with the Evangelical Friends Church, awards both undergraduate and graduate degrees in more than 100 academic programs. Malone is recognized by the prestigious Templeton Foundation as a leader in character development, named an NAIA Champions of Character Five Star Award winner, and is ranked among the top colleges and universities in the Midwest under the category Regional Universities according to U.S.News & World Report's America's Best Colleges 2012.


Suzanne Thomas, APR
Director of University Relations
Malone University
2600 Cleveland Avenue N.W., Canton, OH, 44709
Phone: 330-471-8239
Cell: 330-324-2424

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