Business group seeks applicants for scholarships

Applications will be accepted through Dec. 18 for scholarships awarded by the National Federation of Independent Business.

Scholarships will be awarded to high school seniors who run their own businesses and plan to attend a two- or four-year university, college or vocational institute starting in the fall of 2017.

Additional information about the scholarships and application process is available online at the website at www.nfib.com/yea.

The NFIB Young Entrepreneur Foundation offers scholarships that recognize high school seniors who’ve demonstrated entrepreneurial initiative by establishing and running businesses. The goal is to raise awareness among youth of the roles private enterprise and entrepreneurship play in the American economy.

“These young entrepreneurial talents are the future of our nation, and it’s so important that we acknowledge and reward their creative and innovative spirits and tireless work ethic,” said Molly Young, director of NFIB Young Entrepreneur Foundation.

“NFIB’s Young Entrepreneur Foundation is proud to award 100 of our nation’s most impressive young business leaders with scholarships to encourage them to continue to build on their entrepreneurial dreams,” Young added.

Thanks to Visa and other small business supporters, 95 scholarship winners each will receive $2,000 awards.

In addition, five students will be chosen as Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award finalists and attend an event in Washington, D.C. The Young Entrepreneur of the Year recipient will receive $15,000, the Dan Danner Leadership Award winner will receive $15,000 and the remaining three finalists will each receive $5,000.