Tuesday, March 29, 2005

The Fairmont State Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE) Team has received a $5,000 grant from the Marcus Foundation to teach entrepreneurship and other free enterprise principles to at-risk youth in the Fairmont community.

The FS team was one of 50 SIFE Teams in the Southeastern U.S. selected to receive the award from the Marcus Foundation "I Choose" grant program. A selection committee comprised of entrepreneurs and business leaders from SIFE donor companies chose the grant recipients.

The FS SIFE Team will use the money to fund a program at the Barnes Learning Center to educate at-risk high school age students about how the free enterprise system works. The students will have the opportunity to learn from FS students, business educators and local entrepreneurs or business professionals the meaning of free enterprise and how they can prepare themselves to take advantage of its potential benefits.

SIFE is an international non-profit organization that mobilizes college and university students to create economic opportunity for others while realizing their own potential. SIFE is currently active on more than 1,800 campuses in more than 40 countries.

For more information, contact Jack R. Kirby, Sam Walton Fellow and SIFE Team Advisor, by phone at (304) 367-4223 or by e-mail at jkirby@fairmontstate.edu.