Senior social entrepreneurship major Andrew Bishop was recently recognized as the inaugural Entrepreneurship Student of the Year by Sigma Nu Tau, the national entrepreneurship academic honor society. Bishop won first in both the overall and social categories. Since the creation of the Sigma Nu Tau in 2012, over 10 universities nationwide have started chapters, and many more are in the process of chartering. Bishop won for his nonprofit, Philanthroteach, which he founded in his sophomore year at Belmont. The organization seeks to provide 21st century employability and lifestyle skills to unemployed and economically disadvantaged people and make them self-sustaining through the giving and support of the community.
Bishop was also recognized this month as a finalist in the Mary Catherine Strobel Volunteer Awards, which are presented annually by Hands on Nashville. The Mary Catherine Strobel award recognizes outstanding volunteer service in the middle Tennessee area. Bishop was nominated in the volunteer innovator category, again for his work with Philanthroteach. The Office of Service Learning and the Social Entrepreneurship Program nominated him for the award. He was the youngest finalist in the group by nearly 30 years.