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Tessie and Matt Wallace
Wallace Metal Works
2012 Achievement Award Winners

Entrepreneurs create new jobs and form the backbone of our economy

Small-business owners provide the majority of jobs in the U.S., yet their needs and their impact are often overlooked. Since 1981, the National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE) has supported independent business owners and advocated on behalf of the micro-business community. Thanks to the NASE, entrepreneurs are not alone. But starting one’s own business can be daunting, with many bumps along the way. From business management skills to filing taxes, to raising capital or securing health coverage, the self-employed need support.

NASE Foundation Supports Entrepreneurs

Scholarships, Awards and Grants

  • Future Entrepreneur Award: college scholarship of up to $24,000 awarded to promising young buiness owners
  • Achievement Award: prize to an outstanding entrepreneur
  • Succeed Scholarships®: scholarships for business education and training
  • Growth Grants®: funding for business investment

Business Skills Education

  • Seminars and webinars on topics that help entrepreneurs grow and manage their business

Micro-Business Research

  • Educating policymakers and media on the self-employed

NASE Gives $48,000 In College Scholarships

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

This year the NASE awarded a $4,000 scholarship to 12 deserving dependents of NASE Members. These students can use their scholarships to study any subject at the college of their choice.

“We see the costs at universities going up and up and families making sacrifices so their kids can get the benefit of a higher education,” says NASE President Kristie L. Arslan. “That’s why the NASE wants to help these students pursue their college dreams. Congratulations to all of our scholarship recipients!”


2012 NASE Scholarship Recipients

Erik Arndt
Franktown, Colo.
Dependent of NASE Member Laura Arndt

Jared Burant
Oconomowoc, Wis.
Dependent of NASE Member Charles Burant

Kelly Gwiner
Fostoria, Ohio
Dependent of NASE Member John Gwiner

Sarah Hough
Crystal Lake, Ill.
Dependent of NASE Member Charles Hough

Britney Jandreau
Waterville, Maine
Dependent of NASE Member Richard Jandreau

Brendan Langford
San Antonio, Texas
Dependent of NASE Member Anthony Langford

Melody Morrison
Salem, Ore.
Dependent of NASE Member Maria Morrison

Alexander Palomares
Dublin, Calif.
Dependent of NASE Member Kathleen Palomares

Charles Reins
Rohnert Park, Calif.
Dependent of NASE Member Michael Reins

Raphael Shapiro
Sag Harbor, N.Y.
Dependent of NASE Member Julian Shapiro

Katherine Thorkildsen
Mount Bethel, Pa.
Dependent of NASE Member Bruce Thorkildsen

Samuel Wells
Leawood, Kan.
Dependent of NASE Member Joan Wells

Get details today about applying for a 2013 NASE Scholarship.


How can you help?

  • Sponsor a scholarship that gives young entrepreneurs a leg up on higher education costs so they don’t have to give up on either their business or college dreams.
  • Recognize a business owner poised for success with a grant or financial award that allows them to make investments needed for growth.
  • Support webinars that provide a budding entrepeneur with the business know-how needed to succeed during the first three years of their start-up (the most crucial stage for success).
  • Partner with the NASE to help Americans understand the tremendous financial impact that one-to-two person businesses have on the economy.