Young Entrepreneur Awards

The NFIB Young Entrepreneur Awards program was established to raise awareness among the nation’s youth of the critical role that private enterprise and entrepreneurship play in the building of America. Since 2003, the NFIB Young Entrepreneur Foundation has awarded over 2,500 scholarships to graduating high school seniors totaling more than $2.5 million.

yef foundation logoThe 2016 NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award Deadline has been extended until January 3, 2016. Encourage Young Entrepreneurs to Apply! Once you have started your application for the NFIB Young Entrepreneur Awards, please add to your email contact list, as this is how you will receive information about your application, your applicant status, and your designation as an Award winner.

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NFIB Young Entrepreneur Awards are open to any graduating high school senior entering their freshman year at an accredited (not for profit) two- or four-year university, college or vocational/technical institute. Applicants MUST be running their own small business in order to be considered for an award.

This year, thanks to VISA, 95 Awards will be $2000 each, 3 Awards will be $10,000 each, 1 Award will be $15,000, and 1 will be $25,000!

For more information about NFIB’s Young Entrepreneur Awards please download the following:

Young Entrepreneur Awards FAQ
Young Entrepreneur Awards Application Instructions
Letter to Guidance Counselors
Young Entrepreneur Awards Promotional Poster


If you are an NFIB member who would like to take part in interviewing applicants for the awards, please fill out the Nominator form. You will interview students who have applied for the scholarship to help determine which applicants should receive the NFIB Young Entrepreneur Awards. Each interview can take as little as 20 minutes and can be done over the phone. Please fill out the Nominator form if you are willing to help interview and choose our 2016 Young Entrepreneur Award winners.



You can sponsor one of the NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award scholarships. With a $1,000 donation, the award will be named after you or your business and will be given to a student in the state of your choosing. An NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award is not a direct investment in a student’s business. Rather, it provides financial assistance for a student to attend post-secondary schooling, to continue their entrepreneurial education. Fill out the Donation form with your tax deductible contribution. This year—VISA will be matching all $1000 donations, so your scholarship will be a $2000 Award for a young entrepreneur!

Please contact the NFIB Young Entrepreneur Foundation at with any further questions.

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