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Canton SBDC Awards Two $1,000 Scholarships

Posted Oct. 22, 2013

The Canton Small Business Development Center’s (SBDC) mission is focused on fostering the region’s economic development through valuable programs, services and events that benefit small business owners and entrepreneurs. For the past three years, events, such as the nonprofit organization’s Entrepreneur Experience, have allowed the SBDC to utilize its proceeds to provide a scholarship to a deserving student pursuing a business, finance or economics degree at an accredited Stark County university or college.
For the 2013-14 academic year, the SBDC awarded two $1,000 scholarships, administered by the Stark Community Foundation, to assist the academic goals of Kavitha Bagavandoss, a Kent State University at Stark economics major, and Kristen Gromes, a University of Mount Union mechanical engineering and art major, with minors in business and mathematics.
Bagavandoss, a graduate of Canton’s GlenOak High School, is currently ranked as a senior. She recently returned from spending a semester in South Korea as a participant in Kent State University’s Study Abroad program and was elected as a member of the 2014 Kent State University Homecoming Court. Her long-term goals include enrolling in Harvard University to earn a master’s degree with a concentration in finance to launch a career in venture capitalism. 
Gromes is entering her fifth and final year of Mount Union’s engineering program. “I have worked at a small machine shop for several years during the summer and have discovered first-hand that one can never stop learning, especially in a field like engineering where new technologies and processes are introduced all the time,” she says. After earning her undergraduate degree, Gromes plans on pursuing her master’s degree in either mechanical engineering or bio-medical engineering, which will provide a solid foundation for a successful career in this competitive field.
When Gromes filled out the SBDC scholarship application, she says it was during a very busy time of the school year, so she was very excited to learn that she has been chosen as a recipient. “I must say that making this extra effort – even during a period when assignments and tests were overwhelming – was truly rewarding.”
For more information on the Canton Small Business Development Center, visit Applications for SBDC’s 2014-15 Scholarships are currently being accepted through May 1, 2014. Visit the Stark Community Foundation’s website at for an application.