By Lourdes Aguila
Interested in attending The Franchise Center's Franchise Management Certificate Program at the University of Texas, El Paso? For entrepreneurs who make the grade, three scholarship programs are available. Two of the scholarships cover the cost of the four-week certificate program, in which seasoned professionals and franchisees teach what it takes to start your own business or franchise. The third focuses on shorter seminars covering various business-related topics.
*The Referral Pool Inc. Scholarship: This $650 scholarship, established in 1995 by program alumni Joe Prati III and Martha I. Garcia, is given annually to individuals who want to attend the four-week certificate program.
*The Bank of the West Scholarship: New this year, this $650 scholarship (given at least once per year) offered by Bank of the West will go to an individual from the El Paso region planning to attend the four-week session.
*The Dr. David and Carolyn Gough Scholarship: Center director Carolyn Gough and husband David established this $825 scholarship for individuals interested in attending the center's two-and-a-half-day seminar.
The seminar covers topics such as business plans, franchise law, site selection and marketing, and includes presentations by accountants, franchise owners and lawyers. Applicants must show financial need and have a history of academic excellence.
Deadlines for application vary; for more information, call (915) 747-7730.