NFIB Opens 2016 Entrepreneurship Educator Award Application

Date: February 01, 2016

Contact: Kelly Klass 609-713-4243 or [email protected]

Bigger scholarship available this year for educators who teach students the importance of entrepreneurship

Washington, D.C. (February 1, 2016) – Today, the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Young Entrepreneur Foundation (YEF) opened its third annual Entrepreneurship Educator Award application process, a scholarship program designed to reward teachers who are dedicated to promoting entrepreneurship.  Any educator for grades 1-12, in the classroom or any other educational setting, who teaches entrepreneurship is eligible to apply for this $5,000 scholarship.

“Here at NFIB, we believe that embracing and teaching business minded students is crucial to the future success of small business and America’s economy,” Director of NFIB’s Young Entrepreneur Foundation, Molly Young said.  “It is important that we honor hard-working educators who are determined to instill the benefits of entrepreneurship in our education system.  These individuals are helping young people discover their full potential.”

Applicants are asked to submit a short video describing the best practices he or she uses to teach entrepreneurship and what the outcome has been. The winner of the award will be granted a $5,000 scholarship that can be used for educational resources pertaining to entrepreneurship.  The scholarship amount increased substantially this year from $1,000 in 2015. Applications and videos must be submitted by 11:59pm EST on March 31, 2016.  The winner will be invited to attend the NFIB Young Entrepreneur of the Year Luncheon in Washington, D.C. this July where his or her video will be presented.

“Best of luck to all applicants and thank you for your dedication to educating young people about the critical role of entrepreneurship and the American free enterprise system,” said Young. 

The winning video from last year, by Maryland teacher Marc Steren, can be viewed here.  For more about the Entrepreneurship Educator Award please visit

For more information about NFIB’s Young Entrepreneur Foundation please visit


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