Kansas High School Senior Receives National Award for Entrepreneurial
Kansas Teenager Awarded $15,000
WASHINGTON, D.C. – July 16, 2014 – The National Federation of Independent Business Young Entrepreneur Foundation awarded a high school senior with a $15,000 scholarship for his entrepreneurial endeavors. At a ceremony in Washington, D.C., Zach Haney of Topeka, Kan. was honored with the Dan Danner Leadership Award.
Mr. Haney owns and operates an event rental company, Kansas Carnival Supply, LLC that supplies clients’ with interactive party and equipment rentals for a wide variety of events. Zach started his business in 2012 with a free carnival for a local homeless shelter and since then it has been one of the fastest growing event rental companies in Northeast Kansas. He was awarded the $15,000 Dan Danner Leadership Award which he will apply toward his tuition at Washburn University.
“I am honored to be a part of this experience that has come out of hard work and giving back to the community,” said Haney. “It is exciting to be recognized and rewarded nationally for what I am passionate about. This has been a wonderful experience traveling with my family to Washington D.C. to receive this honor from the NFIB.”
“The Young Entrepreneur Foundation is honored to award Mr. Haney with the Dan Danner Leadership Award,” said Molly Young, Senior Manager of the Young Entrepreneur Foundation. “His entrepreneurial accomplishments and his leadership in giving back to the community are impressive and we are pleased to be able to be a part of his journey as a business owner, student and contributing member of society. NFIB is proud to congratulate and support Zach’s efforts in pursuing his entrepreneurial dreams and helping his community.”
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 the top five nominees and today’s winners from a nationwide applicant pool of more than 600 students. Award recipients will use the scholarships to attend the university, college, community college or career institute of their choice. Since 2003, YEF has awarded over 2,500 scholarships worth more than $2.5 million to graduating high school seniors.
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 interviewed the applicants for the Young Entrepreneur Awards.
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Kurt Summers, NFIB board member; Dan Danner, NFIB president & CEO; and Zach Haney (left to right)
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The 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 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 sends 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.