Fresno State students awarded mini grants by Lyles Center

Two Fresno State students were awarded mini grants from the Lyles Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. The grant is given to students who focus on solving issues involving education, environment and climate change, peace and human rights, poverty alleviation and public health.

Nancy Mohamed, a senior double majoring in biology and graphic design, was awarded $1,000 to help local shelter coordinators by creating a crowdfunding consulting service.

To test the service, Mohamed will run a month-long crowdfunding campaign and market the campaign through the shelter’s social media platforms and local media outlets. If the crowdfunding wish list concept is successful, Mohamed will create a plug-in to convert the existing crowdfunding platforms into a wish list layout that shelters across the nation can use.

Ben Warmerdam, a freshman majoring in business administration, was awarded $1,000 for Connecting Generations, an association dedicated to linking active senior citizens and college students.

Senior homes throughout the community can contact the Smittcamp Family Honors College when volunteers are needed for special occasions or events. Warmerdam hopes the friendships made and stories told through Connecting Generations will make it an enjoyable experience for everyone involved.

Last year, Fresno State partnered with Clinton Global Initiative University to offer grants. The Lyles Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship manages Fresno State’s involvement in the program.

Clinton Global Initiative University mini grants are still available for Fresno State students interested in launching or continuing a social entrepreneurship project.

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Bridget Webster: 559-441-6304, @bridgetw05