Voting underway for graduate business online video competition

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Voting begins today in a competition that will lead to one social-minded entrepreneur receiving a full-tuition scholarship, worth up to $42,300, through the Lipscomb University College of Business Degrees of Difference Full Scholarship Video Competition.

swangThe College of Business is offering an opportunity for a motivated business leader, who wants to make a difference in the world, to receive a scholarship for a graduate business degree that will help them fulfill their plan to use their business skills to make a difference in the world.

Contestants produced two-minute videos that illustrate a compelling personal story about how they are one academic degree away from making a difference, and how a graduate business degree from Lipscomb University will impact their lives and the lives of others.

Five finalists were selected from among the contest entries by a selection committee comprised of business faculty and leaders from the community. The general public now has the opportunity to vote to determine the best video beginning today, June 10, and ending June 20. The video that receives the most votes will be determined the winner of the full scholarship. Winners will be asked to produce a three-to-five minute monthly video blog describing their journey as they proceed through the program. To vote, visit

“The quality of videos that were submitted is very good and the stories they tell are very compelling,” said Lisa Shacklett, assistant dean of the Lipscomb University College of Business. “The public now has the power to determine the winner of this full-tuition scholarship. We want the public to vote for the video that they believe best exemplifies how a finalist plans to make a difference in their organization, community or the world with a graduate business degree from Lipscomb.”

Shacklett said this aspect of the competition gives the finalists an opportunity to be innovative and use technology that they are using in their professions to encourage their colleagues, family and friends to vote for their videos.

The finalists include:

  • Holly Meadows Baird, who plans to use a graduate business degree to launch a nonprofit organization to focus improving the quality of life for the aging population;
  •  Grant Carey, assistant director of the Tennessee Prison Outreach Ministry, plans to use a graduate business degree to help enhance with his work with inmates;
  • David Greider, of the Center for Nonprofit Management, said he hopes to use a graduate degree to strengthen his business skills to help serve nonprofit organizations more effectively;
  • Greg Kirby, plans to use a graduate business degree to launch Carpenter’s Square, a facility that houses low-income students while they pursue a college degree; and
  • Andre Ragone, wants to use a graduate business degree to launch an organization to help open doors of opportunity for those who need to find a job, a home, attend college or other needs.

Individuals may vote once a day for their favorite video. Voting ends at 11:59 p.m. on June 20.

This is the second year for the competition. Last year, MBA student Cory Haney won the competition with his video about his dream of founding a nonprofit organization after a trip to Tiriki, Africa. He plans to use his graduate business degree to help grow that organization into one that will have a far-reaching impact globally.