Scholarship helps student pursue his entrepreneurial & educational goals


JANUARY 16, 2014

Scholarship helps student pursue his entrepreneurial & educational goals

Andrew Rausch, a General Technology (Business/Marketing) student at Greenville Technical College and owner of the honey producing company Southern Mountain Honey, received the Ladson Gentry Cubbage Sr. Endowed Scholarship in Entrepreneurial Education for the 2013-2014 academic year.  Rausch was chosen by the scholarship committee because he met the scholarship's criteria of academic eligibility and being a GTC student majoring in marketing, management, or a business-related field who has been involved in a personal business enterprise and who has demonstrated an entrepreneurial spirit. 

The primary criterion of the award is the probability of the student to become an entrepreneur.  This fits Rausch perfectly as he is owner of a honey producing company, Southern Mountain Honey.  The small company is committed to bringing high quality, pure, raw honey from an environment free from chemicals.  Rausch said his goal "is to continually learn and put into practice the management techniques that allow me to produce a high quality product that is both useful and beneficial while not harming the environment."  He also wishes to produce a superior honeybee that can survive the many challenges facing them in today's environment.  Ultimately, he wants to start a nonprofit that places his superior bees throughout the United States, especially in national parks that are protected from chemicals.

The scholarship is a memorial to Ladson Gentry Cubbage, Sr., a Sumter entrepreneur who operated a farm and other businesses.  It was established in his honor by his son, Leighton M. Cubbage, a former member of the Greenville Tech Foundation Board of Directors.

Many students, such as Rausch, benefit from scholarship awards given for tuition, fees, books and educational supplies.  Rausch is thankful for the support and said "it helps me obtain my education as I pursue my entrepreneurial goals."  If you wish to establish a scholarship or if you need information about the over 150 scholarships available to GTC students through Greenville Tech Foundation, please contact Butler Mullins at (864) 250-8497.