By CATHY LENNY
The winners of this year’s Louis S. Sachs Scholarship awards presented by Progress 64 West had two vastly different business plans: one was for an already full-fledged operation, the other, an idea for a business. The reward for the young entrepreneurs was a combined $7,500 in college tuition assistance.
The scholarships are awarded annually in honor of the late Louis S. Sachs, the visionary entrepreneur, who helped to develop much of Chesterfield.
To be considered for a scholarship, each applicant must submit a proposed executive summary of a business plan that includes a description of their business concept and its contribution to the community; a market analysis; and details of its business operations and sales and marketing strategies, including sources and uses of start-up and operation funds.
Top honors and a $5,000 scholarship went to Ella [Isabella] Manthey, a senior at Francis Howell North High for her business plan for CREO, a proposed art box subscription company.
Attorney Michael Doster of Doster Ullom & Boyle presented the awards during the annual Progress 64 West ceremony. His firm is one of three sponsors of the scholarship program, along with American Direct Marketing Resources, and Stinson.
Manthey said she came up with the idea for CREO after looking at art supplies and projects she had done and thinking that others might be interested in learning similar skills. CREO customers could choose a particular art project and, depending on their skill level, would be sent supplies and instructions on how to paint, draw or create any number of projects.
Manthey said it was through DECA, a marketing club at her school, that she learned how to write a business plan.
While her business is still conceptual, her high school experience has been well-rounded. Manthey serves as a photographer for her school newspaper and online news site, and is the photography editor of the yearbook staff. As a result, she is experienced in several computer design programs. She also is a member of the Student Council, the National Honor Society and co-president of Quill and Scroll, an honor society of high school journalists.
As a member of HOSA, which promotes career opportunities in the health care industry, Manthey plans and leads school events for students. She also does volunteer work at community events and is currently involved in an effort to provide supplies and coats to a refugee school, Nahed Chapman New American Academy in St. Louis.
Additionally, she plays soccer for her high school and a private club. She also helps young children and teenagers who have disabilities play soccer through SPENSA [Special Needs Soccer Association].
Manthey plans to use her scholarship money and play soccer at Lake Forest College near Chicago. The $5,000 scholarship is awarded for the first and second years of college, provided the student maintains an average 2.5 GPA during the first year, is enrolled in school full-time, and is otherwise in good standing.
The $2,500 scholarship is paid in one installment for the student’s first year of college. That scholarship went to Luke [Lucas] Ramsey, a senior at Parkway South High.
Ramsey’s business plan was for Ramsey Auto Detailing, a business he has been involved in since he was 12. His grandfather owns the body shop, but after being diagnosed with brain cancer, was unable to continue operating it. Now, Ramsey serves as the company’s president and CEO. He said he hopes to live up to the legacy of his grandfather.
Ramsey Auto Detailing specializes in luxury cars, trucks and SUVs, while also doing work on marine vehicles and recreational and commercial trucks and vans. The business does full interior/exterior detailing. Ramsey said a current trend is to have color LED interior lights installed.
Ramsey operates the business out of his garage. He does some of the work himself and also hires contractors, but does all the scheduling, estimating and bookkeeping as well as advertising and posting on social media.
When he started in 2014, he passed out flyers to neighbors to drum up business. Now, his clientele has grown mainly through word-of-mouth. He does most of the detailing work on weekends and conducts the office side of the business during the week.
To increase his business skills, Ramsey has been involved with Parkway’s Spark! Incubator, which offers personalized learning experiences to students to prepare them for high level jobs.
He also makes time to work out with his dad and participates in competitions through the U.S. Powerlifting Association [USPA]. He previously ran track and field and was in the marching band. He currently takes piano lessons.
Ramsey is not sure where he wants to go to college yet and is on the fence between Ole Miss [University of Mississippi] and Mizzou [University of Missouri], but knows he wants to major in business administration.