4 Missouri Seniors Earn Scholarships for Running Their Own Businesses
JEFFERSON CITY, April 22, 2013 -- The National Federation of Independent Business Young Entrepreneur Foundation today announced the Missouri recipients of the 11th annual NFIB Young Entrepreneur Awards, a scholarship program designed to reward and encourage entrepreneurial talents among high school students. They are:
• Nate Welty of Camdenton, winner of both the NFIB/Charlie Russer Young Entrepreneur Award and the NFIB/Debin Benish Young Entrepreneur Award and a senior at Camdenton High School.
• Jack Cohen of St. Louis, winner of the NFIB/BizUnite Young Entrepreneur Award and a senior at Lafayette Senior High School.
• Miranda Curtis of St. Louis, winner of the NFIB/BizUnite Young Entrepreneur Award and a senior at MSB High School.
• Katie Young of Troy, winner of the NFIB/Intuit Young Entrepreneur Award and a senior at Troy Buchanan High School.
The NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award recipients will attend the university, college, community college or vocational/technical institute of their choice with $1,000 to $10,000 in tuition assistance from the NFIB Young Entrepreneur Foundation. The program was established to raise awareness among the nation’s youth about the critical role that private enterprise and entrepreneurship play in the building of America. Since 2003, the NFIB Young Entrepreneur Foundation has awarded 2,620 scholarships to graduating high school seniors totaling more than $3.2 million.
More than 500 students nationwide applied for a YEF scholarship this year. Today NFIB is proud to award 100 scholarships to young entrepreneurs across the country, thanks to the financial support from numerous small business leaders, corporate and foundation supporters.
“The entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well in America’s young people, and we at the NFIB Young Entrepreneur Foundation could not be more confident in our next generation of business owners,” said Molly Young, Senior Manager of the Young Entrepreneur Foundation. “As always, we are not only delighted by the number of applications, but extremely impressed with the quality of young men and women who are reaching for their entrepreneurial dreams, and striving to make them happen. Our scholarship winners are driven to succeed; our nation’s future is all the brighter because of their determination and innovative ideas.”
Brad Jones, state director of NFIB/Missouri, said, ““It’s hard for anyone to start a small business and keep it going, but these winners did it while keeping up with their school work. We’re proud of them and believe they’ll accomplish great things.”
The Young Entrepreneur Foundation will honor the five students selected as $5,000 scholarships winners with an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. on June 13th. During the event, the “2013 Young Entrepreneur of the Year” will be named and awarded a $10,000 scholarship.
To qualify for an NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award, students must seniors in high school who own and/or operate their own small business. They were required to write an essay describing their entrepreneurial endeavors and future goals. NFIB members around the country interviewed the applicants for the Young Entrepreneur Awards. An independent, outside committee selects a group of qualified semi-finalists.
A full list of this year’s winners, as well as past winners, is available at www.NFIB.com/YEF.