Students: Take the PFEW Challenge!

Did you ever wonder what it would be like to run a business? Are you a Pennsylvania high school sophomore or junior who dreams of being your own boss someday? Pennsylvania Free Enterprise Week (PFEW) is a week-long, summer opportunity for you to find the answers to these questions and so much more! Your generation faces a fast-paced, business-oriented world that is constantly changing to meet the demands of the future. Change can be very intimidating, but with practical tools and appropriate knowledge, what seems intimidating can become exciting. PFEW will help you pave your road to success!


Event Dates 2022
Week 1 | July 3-8
Week 2 | July 10-15
Week 3 | July 24-29
Week 4 | July 31 - August 5



But why would I want to give up a week of my summer vacation?

Everyone is looking for that one thing that sets them apart from others! PFEW is your chance to take a step towards your future and to show your future employer that you are not your ordinary high school student. At PFEW, you will have the chance to turn an imaginary company into a financial success! You and your group of peers will act as an executive management team and take a hands-on approach as you face the decisions real life CEOs face every day! You will be given a taste of the American free enterprise system as you run your student "company", all while experiencing college life and competing for prizes. But you won't just learn about business, you will also learn things about yourself and hone your teambuilding skills as you take the "PFEW Journey".

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As if the college and business experience isn't enough, you will also have the chance to "rub elbows" with the best! Professionals from all across the Commonwealth come to PFEW to get a chance to meet the best and brightest students the state has to offer! Each student company will work closely with a professional business volunteer who will mentor them throughout the week. Some of Pennsylvania's top executives and motivational speakers will inspire you with their stories of success and wisdom. If that isn't enough incentive to attend, you will be eligible for automatic college scholarships from either of our host campuses!

All Work and No Play? ...NO WAY!

While experiencing life on a college campus in Williamsport, PA, PFEW provides students with a chance like no other to make lasting friendships with students from all over the state. You and your new friends will compete in various activities, unwind during free time, get to know each other through team building exercises and end the week with the highly anticipated closing ceremony.

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PFEW, Here I Come! What Do I Need to Do to Sign Up?

Submit an application! It's that easy! Once you apply, each student accepted into PFEW will receive a full sponsorship valued at $1,500 from a Pennsylvania business or community organization to attend PFEW. The cost to you as a student is a $295 non-refundable registration fee, that fee and providing your own transportation to and from Williamsport, PA. Not too bad for a week away from home! Assistance is always available for any student who needs help with the application or registration process. We also offer financial aid and/or payment plans for those who may need assistance with the registration fee.

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