From a dorm room to ‘Shark Tank,’ scholarship recipients focus on philanthropy

Former scholarship recipients Eddie Sandoval and Kyle Offutt started Pinole Blue from a dorm room with a hand-spun corn grinder. Now, they are a nationally recognized all-natural food brand and were even featured on “Shark Tank.” Their focus on philanthropy, however, hasn’t changed since the beginning.

“We both know that if it wasn’t for people believing in us, we wouldn’t be here.”

From scholarships to start-up funding, Sandoval and Offutt attribute much of their success to the philanthropy of others. As such, philanthropy is the top priority of their own company.