Connecticut Students Win 2014 Young Entrepreneur Award

Date: April 16, 2014

(Hartford), April 16, 2014 — The National Federation of Independent Business Young
Entrepreneur Foundation today announced the Connecticut recipients of the 12th
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 three scholarships to young
entrepreneurs in Connecticut.

The 2014 YEF
Award winners from Connecticut are:

Vivek Tedla,
NFIB Young Entrepreneur of the Year
Award Finalist
and a senior at Newton High School.  Vivek, of Newtown, CT, runs VRT Studios,
which provides photography services. 

Jacqueline LeGree, winner of the NFIB/Connecticut
Leadership Council Young Entrepreneur Award
and a senior at Wilby High
School.  Jacqueline, of Waterbury, CT,
runs OAK Apparel (One of a Kind).  She’s
a fashion designer and she plans to open her own shop after graduation from the
Fashion Institute of Technology.

Michael Zarlenga, winner of the NFIB/Horizon
Services Young Entrepreneur Award
and a senior at Fairfield Warde High
School.  Michael, of Fairfield, CT, runs
Zarlenga Landscape Services.

“Small business is the
backbone of Connecticut’s economy and there’s no better way for young people to
improve their futures and help their communities than to start a business that
creates jobs and opportunities for others,” said NFIB State Director Andrew Markowski.

In 2014, the NFIB
Young Entrepreneur Foundation awarded 100 Young Entrepreneur Award
 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 available

“America’s young
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
“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. Our scholarship winners are driven to succeed;
our nation’s future is all the brighter because of their determination and
leadership. NFIB congratulates this year’s winners for their tremendous
accomplishments and hopes the scholarships will assist these young
entrepreneurs as they continue on their paths towards successful futures.”

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 $5000.00
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.



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