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Student-athlete turns entrepreneur

Amanda Presgraves ('16)
Kinesiology major
Zane Showker Entreprenuership Award
Swim Team Athletics Scholarship
Alumni Legacy Scholarship

Called “Fueled,” Amanda's idea grew from a concept developed at the Shenandoah Valley Small Business Development Center’s “What’s Cookin’” program.  Then came a business model developed in the spring 2015 MGT 472: Venture Creation class with validation by the Society of Entrepreneurs. Ultimately it became a JMU Dining program through Aramark and JMU faculty. The food truck has been featured on the Net Impact website as one of Newman’s Own Foundation Challenge Success Stories. Amanda will begin a graduate management program at Wake Forest in the fall, but she leaves behind a legacy.  

“Fueled” will be available as a dining option to students this fall.


"It doesn’t matter if you’re a freshman or a senior on the team, you have the opportunity 
to influence someone’s life, to push them in the pool, to be a good teammate. That doesn’t come with being a captain. A 
lot of times people who donate 
to this university don't get to
 see all that they’ve done. They don’t get to see me in that pool downstairs, and how that's creating the people that we have today."


"I saw students' mindfulness of eating healthy and striving to be better people in the world and in the community and I said I want to kind of combine
 all of this and create a food
truck that brings local food onto campus."

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