Salih Salaam, a WCU junior accounting major from Easton, PA, landed the $10,000 top prize in the eighth annual Student Business Plan Competition sponsored by Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education.
His plan, “Tutors 4 University Students,” connects college students with tutors “whenever” and “wherever” they need them. The service matches students with tutors in the subjects where they need help “at a price point affordable by the student and attractive to the qualified tutors.”
Salaam bested finalists from State System institutions that included Millersville, whose management major Rendell Weaver came in second; Shippensburg, whose team of marketing majors David Brantley, Alec Stimson, and Patrick Luebben came in third; and two other WCU entries from finalists William Todd and Matthew Heilman. Awards were presented the evening of April 3 during a ceremony held at the system’s Dixon University Center in Harrisburg.
Judges were Sheri R. Collins, deputy secretary for the Office of Technology & Innovation in the state Department of Community and Economic Development; Michael Gildea, founder and CEO of Brain Gain, LLC; Chris Rhine, university development manager for the Pennsylvania State Employees Credit Union; Laura Potthoff, director of business & workforce development for the Cumberland Area Economics Development Corporation; and Matthew Lancaster, president of the Pittsburgh Chapter of the Keiretsu Forum.