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Student Team Reaches Finals for $25,000 Grant

A team of W&L students who submitted a grant proposal for the Campus Kitchens Project has been chosen as a finalist in the 2007-2008 J.P. Morgan Good Venture Competition, bringing them a step closer to the $25,000 grant.

Over 100 teams from around the world submitted proposals and nine were chosen as finalists.

“The next step is going to New York to present our proposal in front of a panel of investment bankers at J.P. Morgan headquarters,” says Casidhe Horan (’09), who wrote the proposal along with Caroline Mann (’08) and Kelly Will (’08).

The finals will take place Jan. 18, 2008, and each team will have 30 minutes to make their presentation. They will be judged on format and creativity, connection to the organization they are supporting, alignment to J.P. Morgan and the J.P. Morgan Chase Foundation platforms, financials, projected impact on people and future funding plans.

“Regardless of whether they win the $25,000 grant or not, we’re very proud of them for being chosen to be finalists,” says Robert W. Turner, Campus Kitchen coordinator.

The Campus Kitchen Project is a W&L service organization that uses surplus food collected from campus dining services, catering operations and donations, and then provides nutritious and tasty meals to those in need in Lexington and the surrounding areas.