(Austin, TX), April 16, 2014
— The National Federation of Independent Business Young Entrepreneur Foundation
today announced the Texas recipients of the 12th annual NFIB Young Entrepreneur Awards, a scholarship program designed to reward and
encourage entrepreneurial talents among high school students. More than 600
students nationwide applied for a YEF scholarship this year and NFIB is proud to award two scholarships to young entrepreneurs
The 2014 YEF
Award winners from Texas are:
· Grace Cirelli, winner of the NFIB/ Donald F Summers Young Entrepreneur Award and a senior at Cypress-Fairbanks J J A E P.
· Joseph Hartshorn, winner of the NFIB/ Eddie Boykin Young Entrepreneur Award and a senior at Wakeland High School.
In 2014, the NFIB
Young Entrepreneur Foundation awarded
100 Young Entrepreneur Award Scholarships to students across the
country. Each award is between $1,000 and $15,000. Student who received the
Young Entrepreneur Award are seniors in high school who own and/or operate
their own small business. The scholarships are used to help with tuition costs
for the winners’ post-secondary education. NFIB’s Young Entrepreneur
Foundation awarded $145,000 to
deserving young entrepreneurs in 2014, thanks to the financial support from numerous small business
leaders, corporate and foundation supporters. A complete list of donors is
people have caught the entrepreneurial bug, 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. “The number of
applicants for the NFIB Young Entrepreneur Awards continues to grow and we are
impressed year after year with the quality of these hard-working, innovative
high school students who are making their entrepreneurial dreams happen.
“We are extremely proud of
the accomplishments of these students, and their hometowns of Houston and
Frisco should be proud of their achievements,” said NFIB/Texas Executive
Director Will Newton. “Our scholarship winners are
driven to succeed; our nation’s future is all the brighter because of their
determination and leadership.”
Ms. Cirelli of Houston had
only owned her business, Texas Lady Monograms, for two months when she was
nominated. She initially purchased an embroidery machine hoping for 10 orders
in the first month; instead, she was taking 40 orders per week almost right off
the bat. Cirelli will be attending Texas State University after graduation.
Mr. Hartshorn of Frisco started
Men of Steel Strength and Conditioning to train young athletes and entire
football teams to improve their speed and expand their weight training. Hartshorn
will be attending the University of Texas at Austin after graduation.
In addition to recognizing
these outstanding young entrepreneurs, the Young Entrepreneur Foundation will
honor five students selected as Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award finalists
with an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. on July 16th. During the
event, the winners of the “2014 NFIB Young Entrepreneur of the Year” and “2014
NFIB Dan Danner Leadership Award” will be named and each awarded a $15,000 scholarship.
The remaining three finalists will each receive a $5,000 scholarship. A full
list of this year’s winners is available here.
To qualify for an
NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award, students must be seniors in high school who own
and/or operate their own small business. They are required to write an essay
describing their entrepreneurial endeavors and future goals. NFIB members
around the country interview the applicants for the Young Entrepreneur Awards. Since 2003, YEF has awarded over 2,500 scholarships worth
more than $2.5 million to graduating high school seniors.
NFIB Young Entrepreneur Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization promoting the
importance of small business and free enterprise to the nation’s youth. More
information is available at www.NFIB.com/YEF. The Foundation
is associated with the National Federation of Independent Business; NFIB is the
nation’s leading small business advocacy association, with offices in
Washington, D.C. and all 50 state capitals. Founded in 1943 as a nonprofit,
nonpartisan organization, NFIB gives small- and independent-business owners a
voice in shaping the public policy issues that affect their business. NFIB’s
powerful network of grassroots activists send their views directly to state and
federal lawmakers through our unique member-only ballot, thus playing a
critical role in supporting America’s free enterprise system.