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NASE Helping with College Costs

Posted on: June 10, 2009

I read this AP story about high school students having to forgo their dream colleges as I was knee-deep in the NASE scholarship program myself.

The story is a disappointing one, about how many students need to go to their second or third choice colleges this year because they are less expensive or offered a larger financial aid package.

But the article also made what I’ve been working on for the past week even more exciting. Late last week I listened in on the phone interviews of the top three candidates for the NASE Future Entrepreneur scholarship. This scholarship gives an award of up to $24,000 to a student that has already created their own business. The scholarship is $12,000 for the first year of college, and it can be renewed three more times for $4,000 each year.

I’ve been working on the program for about five years now, and this year was by far the hardest year to choose just one FE. The top three candidates all had business ventures that they’d started in high school, and even had employees!

I get to call the recipient today and let them know the good news — I’ll let you all know about it soon, when we have the rest of the scholarship program squared away.

Wait, there’s more, you ask?

Yup! The NASE Scholarship Program also awards $4,000 scholarships to multiple students each year! These are your more traditional, merit- and financial need-based scholarships, and are just as heart warming to award.

If you’re just hearing about the NASE scholarship programs now, you’re too late to apply for one for the upcoming school year. But keep it in mind for next year — high school seniors and college freshman, sophomores and juniors can apply.

Here’s the page to bookmark for next year’s application!

And stay tuned to meet the smiling students who might now be able to go to that dream college, thanks to the NASE.

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