Taylor Cole – 2015 Pedrozzi Scholar

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Taylor ColeTaylor Cole, 2015 Granada High School alum and Pedrozzi Scholar, hit the ground running, when she landed at her dream school, Babson College, in Boston. Developing a business and children’s book, engaging with several extracurricular activities, spending time with friends, taking weekend road trips, and running, are proof that Taylor has the determination, spirit, and energy of a true entrepreneur.

Pursuing a BS Degree in Business Administration with a Concentration in Technology, Entrepreneurship and Design, Taylor’s course load included business courses such as accounting, entrepreneurship and management as well as liberal arts courses. In Foundations of Management and Entrepreneurship (FME), all first-year students develop their own business and receive funding from the school. Taylor is the co-CEO of a group called BizBuddies. The team’s mission is to increase entrepreneurial thought of children and inspire a new generation of entrepreneurial leaders. To do this, BizBuddies wrote, designed, and self-published a children’s book – The Guide to a Great Big Business Adventure (www.bizbuddiesbook.com).

Taylor’s interest in technology and design led her to neighboring Olin College of Engineering where she worked with students to develop several exciting projects, including a skill-sharing platform for patients at drug rehabilitation clinics.

In addition, Taylor was a Center for Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership Scholar (allowing her to connect with other women entrepreneurs in the area), a member of Babson’s Campus Activities Board, a Babson Alumni Office part-time employee, Vice President of Alumni Relations for the Zeta Zeta Chapter of Sigma Kappa, and a DJ for the Babson College Radio. Being chosen as a FME mentor, next year, Taylor will work with incoming first-years to help them launch their own businesses.

Taylor’s fondest memory of GHS was the last month of senior year, specifically Sober Grad Night stating, “Getting to spend one last fun night with the people I grew up with is something I will never forget.” Taylor’s advice for new Pedrozzi Scholars is “to step outside of your comfort zone and take advantage of all the new, scary things that college has to offer. College is full of cool opportunities. Take classes because you are interested in the topic and join lots of clubs! You never know what good things might come out of it.”

“None of this would be possible without the Pedrozzi Foundation’s incredible generosity. I am very grateful that you saw enough potential in my education to help fund it. Thanks to your generous support I am able to attend Babson College and actively pursue my dreams. I am looking forward to what is to come in my next three years at Babson and beyond,” shares Taylor.