12 Illinois Students Win NFIB Young Entrepreneur Awards

Date: April 27, 2017

The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Young Entrepreneur Foundation today announced that 12 Illinois high school seniors were among the 115 scholarship winners of NFIB’s 15th annual Young Entrepreneur Awards. The scholarship program rewards and encourages entrepreneurial talents among high school students who own and operate their own small business.

“We’re proud of these students,” said Mark Grant, state director of NFIB. “It’s hard for anyone to start a business and keep it going, but these students did that in between doing homework and studying for tests.”

Thanks to Visa Inc. and other small business supporters, the 110 high school seniors who won a Young Entrepreneur Award received a $2,000 college scholarship.

Illinois winners are:

  • Avery Alabi, who attends Romeoville High School in Romeoville, will receive an NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award.
  • Kyle Eichorst, who attends Romeoville High School in Romeoville, will receive an NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award.
  • Neil Glazier, who attends Kaneland High School in Maple Park, will receive an NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award.
  • Greg Harner, who attends Buffalo Grove High School in Arlington Heights, will receive an NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award.
  • Wyatt Martens, who attends Orion High School in Orion, will receive an NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award.
  • James Mcdermott, who attends Prospect High School in Mount Prospect, will receive an NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award.
  • Alexis Nguyen, who attends Hampshire High School in Hampshire, will receive an NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award.
  • Jacob Obremski, who attends Kaneland High School in Maple Park, will receive the NFIB/Lloyd E. Falconer Young Entrepreneur Award.
  • Royce Payne, who attends Althoff Catholic High School in Belleville, will receive an NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award.
  • Patrick Rohlfing, who attends Steeleville Community High School in Steeleville, will receive an NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award.
  • Bethany Witte, who attends Kewanee High School in Kewanee, will receive an NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award.
  • Alexa Wunderlich, who attends Neuqua Valley High School in Naperville, will receive an NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award.

Five additional students were named finalists for NFIB’s top two scholarships: the 2017 NFIB Young Entrepreneur of the Year and the 2017 NFIB Dan Danner Leadership Award and will be honored at an event in Washington, D.C. on July 27. The top two winners will receive a $15,000 scholarship, and the remaining three finalists will each receive a $5,000 scholarship.

To qualify for an NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award, students must be seniors in high school who own and 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.

 

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