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DDN: Reynolds and Reynolds to donate $3.6M to Wright State

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Excerpt from the Dayton Daily News

Reynolds and Reynolds Company and its foundation will donate $3 million to launch an Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans at Wright State University and an additional $600,000 to create $5,000 scholarships for business students.

WSU president Sue Edwards called the gift “one of the largest in the history” of the university.

“The service men and women that defended our right to life, liberty and happiness must not themselves be obstructed from achieving their own American Dream,” said Chris Walsh, president of Reynolds. “We are honored by the sacrifices they have made, and this is one way we thank them for their service — by helping ensure there is a path toward a fruitful future for them when their service ends.”

The Reynolds and Reynolds Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans will further expand the collaboration between Reynolds and Wright State while supporting the success of military veterans who are aspiring entrepreneurs.

Bootcamp veterans will go through a 30-day online course on entrepreneurship fundamentals, and then participate in an eight-day residential experience at WSU, which includes travel, food, accommodations, lessons and entertainment, at no cost to the veterans. Graduates of the program will then have 12 months of ongoing support. The WSU Raj Soin College of Business will have people focused on small business development teaching and speaking during the course and experience.