Over $1.9 Million Awarded In 23 Years Of Academic Support
Washington, D.C., August 22, 2011 – Just as states across the nation are cutting financial aid due to budget shortfalls, the National Association for the Self-Employed awarded $52,000 in scholarship money to help 10 families send their children to college.
Merit-based scholarships worth $4,000 were awarded to 10 students. The NASE Future Entrepreneur received $12,000, with a promise of $4,000 more for his senior year as long as he maintains a high academic performance.
The scholarship awards will be used to defray the cost of tuition, which has risen to an average of $7,605 per year for four-year public colleges, and $27,293 per year for private schools, according to the College Board.
“For 23 years, the NASE has viewed this scholarship program as a way to help our members send their children to college,” said Kristie L. Arslan, NASE president. “The students can study any subject at any accredited college. I’m proud we can help these students achieve their dreams.”
The NASE Scholarship Program began in 1989 as a way to invest in the future of entrepreneurship. Since its start, over $1.9 million has been awarded to the dependents of NASE Members.
The 2011 NASE Future Entrepreneur, Benjamin Seidel from Columbia, Mo., is the founder of website development company SRADCO Web Designs, and co-founder of CentralMO.com, a community resource website. With his scholarship of $16,000, he will be continuing his studies at the University of Missouri in Columbia as a junior this fall.
The 2011 NASE $4,000 Scholarship recipients are:
Aaron Burns of Fredericksburg, Va.
Taylor Demeter of Falls Church, Va.
Kelly Gwiner of Fostoria, Ohio
Andrea Hansen of Allison Park, Pa.
Brendan Langford of San Antonio, Texas
Michael Langford of San Antonio, Texas
Lindsey Maxon of Arlington, Texas
Russell Stockman of Weatherford, Texas
Diana Thomson of Talladega, Ala.
Alexander Vining of Poulsbo, Wash.
For more information about the NASE Scholarship Program or the 2011 recipients, please contact Kristin Oberlander at koberlander@NASEadmin.org.
About the NASE
The National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE) is the nation's leading resource for the self-employed and micro-businesses, bringing a broad range of benefits to help entrepreneurs succeed and to drive the continued growth of this vital segment of the American economy. The NASE is a 501(c) (6) nonprofit organization and provides big-business advantages to hundreds of thousands of micro-businesses across the United States. For more information, visit the association's website at NASE.org.