SLCC to Receive New Scholarship From Community Entrepreneurs

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Entrepreneurs from and around Salt Lake host a charity dinner to raise funds to start a new scholarship endowment fund for Salt Lake Community College.

Junto Partners (http://www.juntopartners.com) announces the establishment of a scholarship endowment fund for entrepreneurs at the Salt Lake Community College. This fund is the first scholarship specifically targeted to entrepreneurs at the college.

A fund raising dinner to kick-off the new scholarship will be held at 6:00PM on Friday, June 17, 2011, at the Miller campus of Salt Lake Community College. Randy N. Schouten, Division Chair of the Miller campus, will speak at the event.

The concept behind the scholarship came as part of a challenge from the Junto entrepreneur classes founded and run by Greg Warnock, and a group of five students has been the driving force in the creation of the fund. The group of students includes Phillip Chipping, founder of ZAGG, Scott Hughes, co-owner of Toolander Inc., Ed Stewart of Zulu Marketing, Daniel Nuffer and David Tutt.

“I love the fact that we are young entrepreneurs just getting started on our own ventures, and one of the first challenges we are given through the Junto program is to find a way to give back to the community,” said Scott Hughes, founder of Toolander, Inc., a company that sells a unique healing care product.

“We hope funding a new scholarship every year will encourage more entrepreneurs to get the education they need,” said Chipping. “By building successful businesses, entrepreneurs will also help build our community.”

Donors to the scholarship include, but are not limited to (in alphabetical order):

BodyGuardz (http://www.bodyguardz.com)
Life Strength (http://www.lifestrength.com)
Linearstars, LLC (http://www.linearstars.com)
Postal Skate, LLC (http://www.velozdh.com)
ZAGG, Inc. (http://www.zagg.com)

About Greg Warnock:
Greg is co-founder and managing director of Mercato Parnters, a private equity firm in Salt Lake. Greg has been named as one of Utah's most influential people, Utah Business Outstanding Director, the 2009 Utah Business Mentor of the Year and was honored with the Supporter of Entrepreneurship Award at the Ernst & Young Special 20th Anniversary Gala Event. Greg received a B.S. in computer science and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Utah and recently completed a Ph.D. in Entrepreneurship and Venture Finance at the University of Utah’s David Eccles School of Business.

About Randy N. Schouten:
Randy N. Schouten has an extensive background in the banking industry and as an entrepreneur. He has served as President/CEO of two Midwest banks and Executive Vice President of a bank holding company. Randy managed bank investment/funds management programs, bank acquisitions/mergers and chaired several loan committees. Randy also established three rapidly growing businesses in the technology industry. After selling these businesses, Randy has taught at Salt Lake Community College and is currently the Division Chair of the Miller Business Resource Center which includes the Salt Lake Small Business Development Center, Miller Business Innovation Center, Global Management Center, Women Business Institute and Corporate Solutions departments.

Randy has a BS degree from Brigham Young University and an MBA from the University of Utah.

For more information about the fund, please contact:

Media Contact
Phillip Chipping
801.913.5772
phillip(at)bambuku(dot)com

About Junto Opportunity Institute:
Junto has been involved in training and supporting the entrepreneur community in Utah since 2004. Greg Warnock, PhD, co-founder and managing director of Mercato Partners, founded the program to provide real-world education for entrepreneurs.

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