Crystal Dreams Foundation is offering scholarships and a summer entrepreneurship program that pays students to learn. 

The scholarship deadline is May 31. Applications are accepted from high school, trade school, continuing education and graduate students in Wayne County and across the country.

Applications are available at

Crystal Dreams also offers the Student Training Entrepreneur Program with Unlimited Potential (stylized as S.T.E.P.U.P.) for teens from June 20-28. Participants will receive $250. 

Pamela and Tim Coffey. Supplied

Its curriculum includes writing a business plan, household planning/budgeting, local business owner shadowing and learning interview skills. 

Local organizations and experts are assisting, including Natco Community Empowerment Center and Earlham College’s Gene Hambrick, who will help students visit the campus. 

Those interested in S.T.E.P.U.P. should email  

Additional sponsors include Richard Lake of Allstate Insurance, Tracy Schweizer of State Farm, All Pest Exterminating and Wallace Heating & Air, Inc.

Crystal Dreams has provided about $100,000 in scholarships since Tim, a Richmond native, and Pamela Coffey founded it in 2003. 

They earned degrees in construction management and civil engineering and later founded TEC Constructors & Engineers. The Southern California company now has more than 200 employees and has worked on projects in transit, aviation, sports, schools, commercial and healthcare. One example is SoFi Stadium where Super Bowl LVI was played.  

Share this:

Millicent Martin Emery is a reporter and editor for the Western Wayne News.