Brady Overmyer, a senior at Montrose High School, is among eight Colorado students selected as winners of Young Entrepreneur Foundation scholarships from the National Federation of Independent Business.
Overmyer received an award of $2,000. He plans to attend Colorado Mesa University.
Now in its 15th year, the Young Entrepreneur program is designed to encourage and reward entrepreneurship among high school students.
To apply for scholarships, students must write an essay describing their entrepreneurial endeavors and goals. They also must operate their own businesses. Overmyer co-owns B&C Sports. Members of the NFIB, a small business advocacy group, interview applicants.
“The legacy of the American free enterprise system is still alive and well with our youth,” said Stacy Jenkins, grassroots manager of the NFIB West Region. “Starting and running a business while in high school by these incredible young entrepreneurs is proof of that.”
Thanks to Visa and other small business supporters, 95 students received $2,000 scholarships. In addition, five students are finalists for the Young Entrepreneur of the Year and Dan Danner scholarships for $15,000. The remaining three finalists will receive $5,000 scholarships.
Since 2003, the Young Entrepreneur Foundation has awarded more than 2,800 scholarships worth a total of almost $3 million.
For more information about the NFIB and its various programs, log on to www.NFIB.com.