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 2,800 scholarships to graduating high school seniors totaling more than $2.8 million.

Students are encouraged to apply for the
Young Entrepreneur Awards until January 2, 2017.


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.

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



If you are an NFIB member who would like to take part in interviewing applicants for the awards, please fill out the Nominator form. This involves interviewing students who have applied for the scholarship to help determine which students are most worthy of the Young Entrepreneur Award. This can take as little as 20 minutes of your time, as each applicant only involves a 20 minute phone or in person conversation. Please fill out the Nominator form if you are willing to help interview and choose our 2017 Young Entrepreneur Award winners.



You can also sponsor one of the Young Entrepreneur Award scholarships. Each $1,000 donation will provide a scholarship for one young entrepreneur specifically in the state of your choosing. With a $1,000 donation, the Award will be named after you or your business which will be recognized both on the NFIB website, social media platforms, and press release. A 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.



The National Federation of Independent Business Young Entrepreneur Foundation announced the 2016 NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award Winners, a scholarship program designed to reward and encourage entrepreneurial talents among high school students. A list of the 201 Young Entrepreneur Award winners and videos about our top 5 Young Entrepreneur Award winners can be found here.

The NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award program is administered by Scholarship America. This assures complete impartiality in the selection of recipients and maintains a high level of professionalism.

Please contact the NFIB Young Entrepreneur Foundation at [email protected] with any further questions.


Congratulations to the 2016 NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award winners!

These students represent the best and brightest small business owners in the country. Congrats on all your success today and in the future.  

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