2016 Minerva Scholars

Maria Beshears, Minerva Scholars, Inaugural Class of 2016


Name:
Maria Beshears
Hometown:
Dallas, TX
Degree pursuing at TWU:
master's in Occupational Therapy
Business idea:
Pediatric rehabilitation clinic offering speech, occupational and physical therapy, applied behavior analysis therapy, pediatric mental health and nutritional services
Target market:
Children, ages newborn to 18

Carrie Buckley, Minerva Scholar, inaugural class of 2016


Name:
Carrie Buckley
Hometown: Jarrell, TX
Degree pursuing at TWU: master's in Occupational Therapy
Business idea: Private practice focused on occupational therapy and physical rehabilitation
Target market: Small town or community with residents who work in trades that require significant physical labor.

Joan Denton, Minerva Scholar, Inaugural Class 2016


Name:
Joan Denton
Hometown:
Aledo, TX
Degree pursuing at TWU:
master's in Nutrition
Business idea:
Personal chef and nutritionist
Target market:
Patients, under the care of physicians, who need help creating menus, and shopping and prepping healthy and good-tasting food to meet specific dietary requirements

Madeline Hoffman, Minerva Scholar, Inaugural Class 2016


Name:
Madeline Hoffman
Hometown:
Whitney, TX
Degree pursuing at TWU:
bachelor's in Kinesiology
Business idea:
Private physical therapy practice
Target market:
Athletes, veterans and other people with injuries

Danielle Johnson, Minerva Scholar, Inaugural Class 2016

Name: Danielle Johnson
Hometown:
Baton Rouge, LA
Degree pursuing at TWU:
master's in Nutrition (online)
Business idea:
"Dietitian Dannie," offering cookbooks, counseling and customized nutrition plans
Target market:
Individuals and families who want to adapt to healthier lifestyles
Winner of the Rising Star Student Award presented at the 2016 Governor’s Business Forum for Women

Ayman Mehdi, Minerva Scholar, Inaugural Class 2016


Name:
Ayman Mehdi
Hometown:
Dallas, TX
Degree pursuing at TWU:
bachelor's in Nursing
Business idea:
Program that serves as a bridge to improve communication between medical professionals and medical software developers
Target market:
Physicians, nurses, therapists and medical technology innovators

Grace Muir, Minerva Scholar, Inaugural Class 2016


Name:
Grace Muir
Hometown:
Sanger, TX
Degree pursuing at TWU:
bachelor's in Child Development
Business idea:
Occupational therapy clinic
Target market:
Children in Denton County

Sarah Scharringhausen, Minerva Scholar, Inaugural Class 2016


Name:
Sarah Scharringhausen
Hometown:
Carrollton, TX
Degree pursuing at TWU:
master's of Education in Special Education
Business idea:
School focused on advancement and development of students with learning disabilities and special needs
Target market:
Students with ADHD, dyslexia, autism and other varieties of learning styles

Sterling Stinson, Minerva Scholar, Inaugural Class 2016


Name:
Sterling Stinson
Hometown:
Ponder, TX
Degree pursuing at TWU:
 bachelor's in Business Administration (Entrepreneurship Emphasis)Honors Scholar
Business idea:
Specialized daycare center with extended hours and onsite extracurricular activities
Target market:
Children of working parents

Mikaila Summers, Minerva Scholar, Inaugural Class 2016


Name:
Mikaila Summers
Hometown:
Wylie, TX
Degree pursuing at TWU:
bachelor's in Nursing
Business idea:
In-home healthcare
Target market:
Residents in low-income neighborhoods

Rutendo Thembani, Minerva Scholar, Inaugural Class 2016


Name:
Rutendo Thembani
Hometown:
Harare, Zimbabwe
Degree pursuing at TWU:
 Executive MBA
Business idea:
Natural, eco-friendly luxury beauty products
Target market:
Environmentally conscious working women

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