NASE Gives $92,000 In College Scholarships

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NASE Gives $92,000 In College Scholarships

For Immediate Release: Contact:    Kristin Oberlander
(202) 466-2100
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Over $1.9 Million Awarded In 21 Years Of Academic Support

Washington, D.C., August 4, 2010 – Just as states across the nation are cutting financial aid due to budget shortfalls, the National Association for the Self-Employed awarded $92,000 in scholarship money to help 20 families send their children to college.

Merit-based scholarships worth $4,000 were awarded to 20 students. The NASE Future Entrepreneur received $12,000, with a promise of $12,000 more over the next three years 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 $7,020 per year for four-year public colleges, and $26,273 per year for private schools, according to the College Board. 

“For 21 years, the NASE has viewed this scholarship program as a way to help our members send their children to college,” said Robert Hughes, 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 2010 NASE Future Entrepreneur, Zachary Gosling from Denver, Pa., is the founder of online auction site (pronounced Go Z-bay). With his scholarship of up to $24,000, he plans to attend Drexel University in Philadelphia as a freshman this fall.

The 2010 NASE $4,000 Scholarship recipients are:

  • Shayna Turk of Agoura Hills, Calif.
  • Elaina Smith of Olathe, Kan.
  • Alex Borland of Smethport, Pa.
  • Kelly Gwiner of Fostoria, Ohio
  • Lindsey, Maxon of Arlington, Texas
  • Emily Rapp of Sharon, N.H.
  • Lesli Meekins of Port Orchard, Wash.
  • Ryan Hayes of Jacksonville, Fla.
  • Michael Langford of San Antonio, Texas
  • Mary Johnston of Aransas Pass, Texas
  • Shannon Smith of Arlington, Va.
  • Alexandra Naumenko of Stroudsburg, Pa.
  • Brittani French of Wilmington, Mass.
  • Ashley Durham of Cleveland, N.C.
  • Hannah White of Wichita Falls, Texas
  • Brendan Langford of San Antonio, Texas
  • Katherine Pajor of Hoopeston, Ill.
  • Hilary Mills of Orange, Calif.
  • Rebecca Ralphs of Caldwell, Idaho
  • Katherine Pierce of Oconomowoc, Wisc.

For more information about the NASE Scholarship Program or the 2010 recipients, please contact Kristin Oberlander at To learn how to apply for next year's scholarship program, read more here. NASE Members should log in with their Web account to access the application.

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 Web site at

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