Eighteen FFA members win NFIB awards

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The National Federation of Independent Business Young Entrepreneur Foundation (YEF) recently awarded five $5,000 educational scholarships, and 95 $1,000 scholarship to extraordinary high school seniors for their entrepreneurial endeavors.

Eighteen of the $1,000 winners are FFA members. They are…

Sabrina Pineda;  Chowchiila, CA
Elizabeth Manfredi; Hoehne, CO
Tyler Haus; Gunnison, CO
Clay Patton; Limon, CO
Thomas Ross; Dahlonega, GA
Marissa Kleve; Dundee, IA
Jordan Gillenwater; Crawfordsville, IN
Katie Young;  Troy, MO
Taylor Joyner; Nashville, NC
Jordan Paine; Oxford, NE
Leanna Bachman; Carroll, OH
Jessica Zurcher;  Amherst, OH
Jacy Gillenwaters; Mooreland, OK
Andrew Miles; Silver Lake, OR
Courtney Budge; Sherwood, OR
Nicholus  Bussell; Carthage, TN
Kaylyn Lund;    Brooklyn, WI

The awards are part of the NFIB YEF scholarship program that is designed to recognize, reward and encourage young men and women to pursue their dreams of owning and operating a small business.

“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.”

NFIB’s Young Entrepreneur Foundation established its scholarship program to raise awareness among the nation’s youth about the critical role of private enterprise and entrepreneurship in growing America’s economy. The foundation selected today’s recipients from a nationwide applicant pool of more than 500 students. Award recipients will use the scholarships to attend the university, college, community college or career institute of their choice.

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.

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