Amanda Jacobs, now a Senior at Xavier University, was honored recently with the very first of a newly created award called the Ed Hap Castleberry Scholar Award. She is studying marketing and entrepreneurial studies at Xavier and applied to the Williams College of Business Castleberry Internship Program in 2017. She was contacted by three HCDC Business Center clients to become their summer intern that year.
Amanda’s mother died when she was 14 years old of a sudden heart attack. When she discovered during the interview that Summit Innovation Labs (SIL) is developing a product to prevent heart disease, she jumped at the chance to work with the company on a cause so close to her heart. Amanda worked as an intern with (SIL) that summer and continued working with them part time during the school year.
She started a club to raise awareness of heart disease on campus and to fund-raise for the American Heart Association. She raised almost $11,000 her first year doing the Heart Mini in memory of her mother.
“My professor, Rashmi Assudani, and her colleagues were impressed with the work I did with SIL and how the work connected to heart disease, which is why I chose to work with them because of the passion I have for the cause because of my mom,” says Jacobs.
Ed Castleberry is very much involved with Junior Achievement and Xavier University and founded the award as a way to start his legacy.