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Tortoise Awards 2018 Young Entrepreneurs Scholarships


Landon Butler, Paul Kaster and Garrison Panzer are the 2018 recipients
of the annual Tortoise Young Entrepreneurs Scholarship Awards. The
scholarships are designed to encourage an entrepreneurial mindset that
helps recipients conceive or support firms that create innovative
products, processes and solutions.

"Our 2018 Tortoise Young Entrepreneur Scholarship recipients embody the
entrepreneurial spirit and passion that has fueled our success at
Tortoise," said Tortoise's Chief Executive Officer, Kevin Birzer. "We
wish them success with their educational pursuits and look forward to
learning how they will make a positive impact on society in the coming

Tortoise 2018 Young Entrepreneurs Scholarship Recipients

Landon Butler

Landon Butler will be a freshman at the University of Pennsylvania. He
plans to major in systems science and engineering and minor in
mathematics. Through extensive research, Butler discovered that there is
a gap in the market for a diagnostic that utilizes the established
correlation between salivary pH trends and oral diseases. He and three
other peers developed cost-effective diagnostic strips that help fight
these types of disease.

Paul Kaster

Paul Kaster will be a sophomore at the University of Southern California
and is majoring in computer science and business. In 2017, the
Department of Commerce named Kaster the "Kansas Young Entrepreneur of
the Year." He was also a national finalist for the 2017 National
Federation of Independent Businesses' "Young Entrepreneur of the Year."

In 2013, Kaster founded a handcrafted menswear and accessories company,
Crooked Branch Studio. This company specializes in wooden and carbon
fiber bow ties. Since 2013, Crooked Branch Studio has sold over 2,000
bow ties in more than 25 countries.

Garrison Panzer

Garrison Panzer will be a junior at Oklahoma State University (OSU)
where he is studying agricultural business. While at OSU, he served as a
council member for College of Agriculture Administration. In 2017, he
was awarded the "Kansas Professional Rodeo Association Announcer of the
Year," and the "International Finals Rodeo Showcase Announcing
Champion." Panzer began announcing rodeos since the age of 15 and at 19,
he partnered with his father to create G-Panzer Productions, focused on
rodeo announcing. His goal is to grow his company by announcing bigger
rodeos each year. In four years, he has announced nearly 75 rodeos.

About Tortoise Young Entrepreneurs Scholarship Program The
Tortoise Young Entrepreneurs Scholarship Program was established in 2012
in celebration of Tortoise's 10-year anniversary. The program recognizes
the challenges and rewards of the entrepreneurial spirit and encourages
the next generation of curious, persistent and passionate entrepreneurs.
The Tortoise Young Entrepreneurs Scholarship Program awards three
annual, non-renewable scholarships valued at $3,000, $2,000 and $1,000
All applicants must meet certain academic and college entrance exam

About Tortoise

Tortoise specializes in essential assets and income. Tortoise invests in
assets and services that serve essential needs in society and can also
serve essential client needs, such as diversification and income.
Tortoise's energy investing expertise across the energy value chain,
including infrastructure and MLPs, dates back more than 15 years.
Through a variety of investment vehicles, Tortoise provides access to a
wide range of client solutions, focused on their evolving needs. For
more information, please visit

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