Annabel Grove ’17, one of Springside Chestnut Hill Academy’s outstanding alumna entrepreneurs, is giving back to her school with a donation of $2,500 toward the Sands Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership (CEL) Capstone program.
While at SCH, Grove founded a nonprofit called Philly Phit, which provided nutrition and fitness education to combat childhood obesity in Philadelphia. In the school’s CEL Venture Accelerator, she launched this program in both the School District of Philadelphia and in direct partnership with the Wissahickon Boys & Girls Club. Her dedication earned her the “Boys and Girls Club Volunteer of the Year Award” in 2017.
Now a sophomore at Wharton (and the only undergrad in a Wharton graduate class!), Grove is currently launching another startup called Powder Hound—a lip balm for skiers. She continues to use her SCH mentors for support in this new entrepreneurial endeavor.
“It’s wonderful to see our graduates stay engaged with the program, starting as founders and returning as mentors,” CEL Associate Director Jess Stokes said. “Success in entrepreneurship depends so much on relationships, and we highly value her continued support. Annabel’s donation is very generous and will serve to inspire SCH students to tackle some of the toughest challenges that our world is facing. She certainly is a young woman on a quest to effect positive change, and to help others do so as well.”
Grove’s donation of $2,500 will allow CEL to provide seed funding to Capstone projects (a unique, self-directed project design experience at SCH) that benefit humankind, animals, or the environment. The winners will be selected, with her approval, at the end of each semester. The first recipients will be announced this spring after Showcase Night on May 22.