Hello again everybody! You all might or might not know that I’m the director of educational outreach at SuretyBonds.com, which is a surety insurance agency based out of Columbia, Missouri. We’ve recently established our first scholarship program targeting students with small business experience, and we’re trying to get the word out about it. I wanted to share it with the community here because I’m sure you know some students who are qualified for the scholarship. Maybe you’re even a small business owner who has a child getting ready to attend college.
Through our Small Business Success Student Scholarship program, SuretyBonds.com hopes to hear all about the small business experiences young entrepreneurs across the nation have gained, whether personally or from observing family members working to make a way for themselves. Three deserving individuals will win a $1,500 scholarship to use toward furthering their education at the college or university of their choice.
Josh Kayser, founder and general manager of SuretyBonds.com, said the following of the program.
“Most scholarships are based heavily on financial need. A lot of the qualifications required to meet this criteria don’t apply to small business owners and their children simply because of the way business owners have to present their financials to remain compliant. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean that affording a degree is easier or less burdensome for these types of families, so I wanted to give them an option they might not have had otherwise to help offset those costs.
Furthermore, 99% of our clients can be classified as small business owners. Working with them every day — combined with being a small business owner myself — has given me a unique perspective of the struggles job creators in this country face every day. Running a business is tough, and it’s only been getting tougher these past few years. We’re blessed to be in a position of growth, so this scholarship program is our way of giving back to those who are on the ground floor, creating jobs, and fighting the good fight right along with us.”
The SuretyBonds.com Small Business Success Student Scholarship Program is open to students in every state. All entries must be received no later than March 31, 2013, to be eligible for the contest. Applications may only be submitted online. Each student must submit a 500 to 1,000-word essay about “How small business ownership (personal, parent, grandparent, or legal guardian) has shaped you into the person you are today.”
You can see the online scholarship program in its entirety here: http://www.suretybonds.com/scholarships
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