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NASE Gives $60,000 In College Scholarships

For Immediate Release: Contact: Molly Nelson

(202) 466-2100

Over $1.9 Million Awarded In 24 Years Of Academic Support

Washington, D.C., September 7, 2012 – Just as states across the nation are cutting financial aid due to budget shortfalls, the National Association for the Self-Employed awarded $60,000 in scholarship money to help 13 families send their children to college.

Merit-based scholarships worth $4,000 were awarded to 12 students. The NASE Future Entrepreneur received $12,000, with a promise of $8,000 more for her junior and senior years as long as she maintains a high academic performance.

The scholarship awards will be used to defray the cost of tuition, which has risen to an average of $8,244 per year for four-year public colleges, and $28,500 per year for private schools, according to the College Board.

“For 24 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 2012 NASE Future Entrepreneur, Abigail Dahl from Warren, Ore., is the founder Cycle-Jacket. The company’s eponymous product is a light-weight, waterproof cover for bicycles. With her scholarship of $20,000, she will be continuing her studies at Oregon State University in Corvallis as a sophomore this fall.

The 2012 NASE $4,000 Scholarship recipients are:

Erik Arndt of Franktown, Colo.
Jared Burant of Oconomowoc, Wis.
Kelly Gwiner of Fostoria, Ohio
Sarah Hough of Crystal Lake, Ill.
Britney Jandreau of Waterville, Maine
Brendan Langford of San Antonio, Texas
Melody Morrison of Salem, Ore.
Alexander Palomares of Dublin, Calif.
Charles Reins of Rohnert Park, Calif.
Raphael Shapiro of Sag Harbor, N.Y.
Katherine Thorkildsen of Mount Bethel, Pa.
Samuel Wells of Leawood, Kan.

For more information about the NASE Scholarship Program or the 2012 recipients, please contact Molly Nelson at  

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

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