Financial Economics and Accounting Major Wins Edward Entrepreneurship Scholarship

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Ryan Brucker, a Westminster College sophomore financial economics and accounting major, won the 2010 David W. Edward Entrepreneurship Scholarship competition. The award includes a $2,500 academic scholarship.

The competition, conducted by Westminster's Department of Economics and Business and supported by funding from the Edward Trust in Youngstown, Ohio, requires students to prepare and present a business plan depicting the creation of a new or substantially improved business, product, service, or some combination of the three. The competition culminated April 16 in presentations of the top four business plans to a panel of judges.

Brucker's winning plan detailed the start-up of a golf entertainment center in a densely populated section of Pittsburgh's South Hills with a miniature golf course as the centerpiece. The plan outlined a well-researched cost and revenue analysis, as well as a realistic location and marketing plan capable of creating and supporting a successful family entertainment enterprise. A set of comprehensive financial projections summarized the expectations from both a start-up and a future growth perspective, according to the judges.

Brucker is a son of Wendell and Meryle Brucker of Bethel Park and a graduate of Bethel Park High School.

The other competition finalists were:

Donald McFarland, a junior business administration major, earned second place with a plan for a fitness complex in Tallahassee, Fla., that would offer specialized classes and personal trainers in combination with an indoor team-sport facility capable of supporting basketball, volleyball, indoor soccer, lacrosse, and similar team activities. Second place honors include a $1,500 academic scholarship. McFarland is a son of Robert and Susan McFarland of New Castle and a graduate of Neshannock High School.

Shawn Zentko, a junior business administration major, tied for third place with a plan for a residential landscape lighting business in southern Florida that would design and install exterior landscape lighting to accent homes' appearance and provide additional security. He earned a $1,000 academic scholarship. Zentko is a son of Stephen and Beverly Zentko of Poland, Ohio, and a graduate of Poland Seminary High School.

Andrew Anthony, a junior business administration major, tied for third place with a plan for a landscaping and lawn care service in Ohio's Mahoning Valley. The plan would capitalize on a growing market for spring-through-fall lawn maintenance and support its clients with off-season services that include leaf removal, snow plowing, and spring fertilization. Anthony also earned a $1,000 academic scholarship for his efforts. Anthony is a son of Richard Anthony of Kent, Ohio, and Stephanie Anthony of Poland, Ohio. He is a graduate of Poland Seminary High School.

Contact Dr. Gail Miller, Westminster professor of business, at (724) 946-7168 (e-mail millergl@westminster.edu) or David Smith, Westminster assistant professor of accounting, at (724) 946-7161 (e-mail smithdc@westminster.edu) for additional information.

About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College is a top tier liberal arts college and a national leader in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Guide to America's Best Colleges. Westminster ranked third among liberal arts colleges in social mobility, according to the Washington Monthly College Guide, and is one of the most affordable national liberal arts colleges in Pennsylvania. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 371 Colleges" and "Best in the Northeast" by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President's Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.

Nearly 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty while choosing from 41 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit www.westminster.edu/advantage to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.


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Westminster College President Dr. Richard H. Dorman and Ryan Brucker




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Dr. Dorman and Donald McFarland




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Dr. Dorman and Shawn Zentko




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Dr. Dorman and Andrew Anthony