National Association for the Self-Employed Awards $12,000 in Scholarships to Four College Students

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National Association for the Self-Employed Awards $12,000 in Scholarships to Four College Students

Since 1989, NASE Dependent Scholarship has Awarded $1.9+ Million in Tuition Assistance

DALLAS, TX – As back to school season approaches and college students across the country prepare to pay steep college tuition fees, the National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE), the nation’s leading advocate and resource for the self-employed and micro-business community, today announced the awarding of $12,000 in educational scholarships to four dependents of current NASE members.

“We understand that everything effects the bottom-line of small business owners and the self-employed, including finding a way to pay for your child’s college education,” said John Hearrell, NASE’s Vice President of Membership and Affiliate Programs.  “Oftentimes our members are faced with real-life dilemmas such as investing in a new piece of equipment or opening an additional location for their business or paying the steep cost of tuition for their kids’ education.”

The NASE Dependent Scholarship Program is an educational scholarship awarded to the dependent of NASE members to help ease the financial burden of tuition and other costs associated with attending college.  This year, four winners were chosen and each will receive $3,000 scholarships from the National Association for the Self-Employed.

This year’s NASE Dependent Scholarship Program winners are:

  • Chris Rounds, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Chris will be attending the College of Liberal Arts (CLA) at the University of Minnesota.
  • Kelly Langford, San Antonio, Texas. Kelly will be attending the University of Texas, San Antonio. 
  • Michael Ramunno, Eagle, Colorado.  Michael will be attending the University of Southern Mississippi.
  • Norelia Ordonez-Castillo, Garden City, Kansas.  Norelia will be attending Fort Hays State University and has already been accepted for early admission at age 19 to the University of Kansas Medical School. 

Hearrell continued, “For the last twenty-five years, we have awarded more than $1.9 million to our members through programs such as the NASE Dependent Scholarship.  Our NASE Dependent Scholarship continues to help defray the costs and ease the burden for many of our self-employed members.  Rising higher education costs continue to affect the bottom lines of all Americans, and for the self-employed and micro-business owner committed to operating a successful business, it can further strain both their family and business’ budgets.”   

This award-winning program is open to legal dependents of NASE Members, ages 16-24. To apply, students need to be high school students or college undergraduates planning to enroll in college for the upcoming fall semester.  Consideration is based upon:

  • Leadership abilities
  • Academic performance
  • Teacher recommendations
  • Career and educational background
  • School and community participation
  • Financial need

To become a member of NASE, apply online here.

Further information about the NASE Dependent Scholarship Program can be viewed, here. For more information on additional scholarships and grants available from NASE, please click here.

NASE members also enjoy a comprehensive list of benefits designed to help small business owners and sole proprietors start and grow their business.  A complete listing of benefits available to NASE members is available, here.  NASE members are offered a host of resources designed to help support entrepreneurs and small employers including access to professional “Ask the Experts” services in tax, health care and marketing, a navigational assistant health care portal, scholarships and grants, discounts on shipping rates and affordable email marketing systems and webhosting services. NASE’s newest member benefits continue the tradition of providing real-world, bottom-line assistance to small business owners.


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 Small Business Locator helps identify and connect our nation’s smallest businesses. In addition, NASE’s new health care portal helps small business owners navigate the nation’s health care marketplace. 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

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