National Association for the Self-Employed Awards $15,000 in Scholarships to Five College Students for their Academic Studies

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National Association for the Self-Employed Awards $15,000 in Scholarships to Five College Students for their Academic Studies

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, August 1, 2022
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Since 1989, National Association for the Self-Employed Dependent Scholarship Has Awarded Over $2 Million in Tuition Assistance

 – As students prepare to head to college for the upcoming school year, 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 $15,000 in educational scholarships to five dependents of current NASE members, each awarded $3,000 for their studies.

“Over the last few years, millions of small businesses weathered the economic storm of the coronavirus pandemic with resilience and determination that really affected their bottom lines – and the rising costs of higher education for their dependent children has been felt more than ever,” said John Hearrell, NASE’s Vice President of Membership and Affiliate Programs.  The NASE Dependent Scholarship is a recognition America’s small business community shouldn’t have to decide between investing in a new piece of equipment to grow their business or paying the steep cost of their kid’s tuition.  We are proud of the work our small business and self-employed members are doing every day to grow our nation’s economy while supporting their families - particularly in a post-pandemic small business environment.”

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, five 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:


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Madison Vander Lind, Kingsport, Tennessee. Madison will use the scholarship to attend Clemmer College where she plans to major in Education.


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Paige Miller, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Paige will use the scholarship to attend Pennsylvania State University where she plans to major in Archaeological Sciences.


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Carlee Morales, Garland, Texas. Carlee will use the scholarship at the Berklee College of Music where she plans to major in Music Production and Engineering.

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Brianna Boccassini, Naperville, Illinois.  Brianna will use the scholarship at Florida International University where she plans to major in Marine Biology.    

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Samuel Harris, Houston, Texas.  Sam will use the scholarship at Texas A&M University where he plans to major in Mechanical Engineering.

“For the last twenty-five years, we have awarded over $2 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 impact 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,” Hearrell concluded.

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 advocate and resource for the self-employed and micro-businesses, offering 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 NextBizThing helps identify and connect our nation’s smallest businesses. Need small business help? Check out NASE’s Ask the Experts for advice or the NASE Minute for small business support.

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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