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Horizon Fund


Abbey Rierson


To submit your application and/or questions please contact Abbey Archer-Rierson at 620-242-0439 or





A list of the most recent students who have received the Horizon Fund:


2013-2014 grants

Alexandra Moore, Abby Trenkle, Kylie Sanchez, Ashley Schweizer: Food for you

Ashley Frankenbery: Pre-professional club

Christopher Barnes: InboxMe

Dominique Clemens: DJ Company

Jordyn Lipe: The Dog Bowl

Lara Neher: Neherly New Restorations

Nathan & Kylece: Hype Entertainment

Spencer Mahurt: Flyboycompany

Tiffany Fraser & Willie Stockton: Golden Prom & Two with the Tude/Puppies 

Tyler Frazier: cookies, cupcakes, small cakes

Tyler Henning: Marvelous Metal LLC


Alexandra Moore/ Abby Trenkle: Food for You

Cole Base: trim shop

Crystalyn Kleist: Fine Fruits an all-natural fruit snack company

David Jussel: flipping classic farm trucks and Vintage plate design

Deon Shorter: telling stories of people’s life in McPherson/ book

Devirous Johnson: women’s clothing line

Ingrid Dryden: cruelty free makeup/ website

Jacob O’Gorman: RedEye. Historical research for vintage and classic cars.

Jordyn Lipe: Dog Bowl-coffee/homemade baked goods

Kayla Osborn: redoing furniture

Samson Shivers: Hand Up, So What t-shirts

Tyler Bruton: digitize photo album

Zach Oller: foot odor control product


Adam Porter: provide professional and functional website design and development.

Alexandra Moore & Tessa Szambecki: Simple way to help people make their hopes and dreams concrete by attaching a lock with a goal written on to some type of architecture/art piece. 

Andrew Butcher: Start a collision/custom paint shop.

Chris Barnes: Mail alert system, “InboxMe”.

Cole Base: Do upholstery and soft trim work for people on a budget.

Cole Tuttle: Create hand turned pens and pencils using a small lathe and high quality wood pen blanks.

Daniel May: Cook and sell arepas.

D'onte Woods: T-shirt promotion through modeling/“Kingz Live Forever” 

Joel Kellogg: Design and print shirts using existing screen printing press

Jordyn Lipe: Dog Bowl LLC

Maci Grimes: Start a small nail salon for MC students.

Rusty Andersen: Custom paint. “Swarfin Paint”

Sam Polifka: Speak about leadership.

Sean Dullaghan: His Company “Fermeanttobe” will produce a variety of fermented foods starting with “Jarlic,” which is fermented garlic.

Taylor Gillispie: Creating a graphic design freelance business that specializes in personal and professional branding.

Tyler Bruton: Expand his “Digital Memories” business. Converting photos and videos into electronic format.




Horizon Fund Stories

Micro-grants of just $500 through the college’s Horizon Fund have made a significant difference in the lives of enterprising MC students.
See what Horizon Fund students are doing

Where are They Now?

An update on three grant recipients - now grads - from year one of the Horizon Fund.
Zack Gaddis, Emily James and Dale Schwartz



President Schneider is interviewed by KWCH (CBS) about the $1.2 million anonymous gift to entrepreneurship initiative.


Dr. Betsy Gatewood talks about the Entrepreneurship Fellow position and entrepreneurship at McPherson College.


President Michael Schneider introduces the Horizon Fund initiative to help fund students who have original entrepreneurial ideas.

Entrepreneurship Blog