DECA Member Receives Doc Cohen Franchising Scholarship

The first winner of the Doc Cohen Franchising Scholarship is Courtney Olesh, who is currently a senior at Theodore Roosevelt High School in Kent, Ohio. Olesh finished first in the Franchising Event at DECA’s International Career Development Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Olesh has applied to Yale University and plans to major in business. As part of the DECA competition, her franchise business plan was modeled on 101 Mobility, a franchisor that sells, installs and services mobility equipment for seniors and others with disabilities. Olesh worked with the franchisor in the development of her plan. She cites her involvement in DECA, and the IFA-sponsored Franchising Event, as the reason for pursuing an entrepreneurial career through franchising.

“My involvement in DECA helped me realize my dream of being an independent franchise owner,” Olesh said. “The results of my research and experiences gained through writing my business plan showed me that I have the passion, drive and ability to become a successful franchisee,” she said.

Originally published in the February 2013 issue of Franchising World magazine.

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