(Des Moines), April 16, 2014 — The National Federation of Independent Business Young
Entrepreneur Foundation (YEF) has named Cody Gradert as a NFIB Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award Finalist.
Cody is one of five finalists
who have been selected and will be honored 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 scholarship. Cody Grader is from
Ireton, Iowa and is currently a senior at Unity Christian High School.
“Small business is the
backbone of Iowa’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 Kristin Failor.
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. Students 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 and winners are available here.
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. 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.”
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.