Aspiring Entrepreneur

Published on June 10, 2016

Texas Business Hall of Fame Awards $15K Scholarship to Entrepreneurship Senior

Marketing and entrepreneurship senior Amanda Moya is the 2016 recipient of the Texas Business Hall of Fame scholarship.

Marketing and entrepreneurship senior Amanda Moya is the 2016 recipient of the Texas Business Hall of Fame scholarship.

Bauer College undergraduate student Amanda Moya is one of the state’s best, according to the Texas Business Hall of Fame.

Moya recently earned a $15,000 scholarship from the organization, which selects one outstanding student per university each year from 26 participating institutions. Now a student in Bauer College’s Wolff Center for Entrepreneurship, Moya was inspired at the age of 15 to become an entrepreneur by her mother, who suggested she start an in-home tutoring business.

“I was thrilled about the idea of making some extra money but had never tutored anyone before. One night we drove around and put flyers on mailboxes in our neighborhood, and the response was incredible,” Moya said. “We began tutoring children in our home that week, and not even a year later, we were so packed that we had to lease a location that we named Aspire Advancement Center.”

As the business began to take off, so did Moya’s passion for entrepreneurship.

“I would have never imagined that I’d become so passionate about tutoring children. The move of Aspire from our home to its own location gave me a euphoric feeling that made me want to do this forever,” she said. “I wanted to open up more Aspire locations and help as many children in school as possible.”

Moya added: “I made it my goal to make these kids feel confident and boost their self-esteem by showing them that they could do anything they want if they work for it.”

This fall, Moya will begin the final year of her undergraduate program at Bauer College.

“After graduation, I plan on working for a marketing company in order to learn more about the industry and use that knowledge to grow Aspire,” she said. “While working for the marketing company, I will expand Aspire throughout Houston and eventually throughout Texas in the years to come. Once Aspire has taken off in Texas, I plan to solely focus on expanding it throughout the United States.”

By Amanda Sebesta