Are you a college student with small business experience? We want to read your story!

small business is currently accepting applications for our annual Small Business Success Student Scholarship Program. To encourage participation in the 2015 scholarship opportunity, our scholarship committee caught up with our past winners to learn about their experiences with the program.

For a brief summary of the 2015 Small Business Success Student Scholarship Program, check out our recent blog post and our scholarship webpage.

Meet Omar, 2014 Scholarship Winner

Omar Ziadeh was 1 of the 3 scholarship recipients of the 2014 Small Business Success Student Scholarship Program. In his essay, Omar shared how his dad’s small business — Inline Metrology Solutions — helped him “mature as an individual.” Read about Omar’s small business experience here.

Our scholarship committee caught up with Omar to talk about the steps he took to become a winner of $1,500.

“I found out about the Small Buisness Success Student Scholarship Program through an internet search for scholarships. Being a business major, I thought this scholarship would be something I’d be able to relate to. I felt great sharing my experience with my dad’s business because it has helped shape me into the individual I am today. When I found out I was selected as a top 10 finalist, I spread the word through a lot of Facebook statuses and then through a connection to a local news station that gave me 2 minutes of airtime. When I found out I was a winner of $1,500, I was ecstatic. I was so happy that so many people were there to support me and help me, especially coming from a small town in the middle of nowhere.”

“This scholarship was an amazing experience. I became closer with many members of my community through the support they gave me. I got to be on TV. It was completely worth it.”

Would Omar encourage other college students with small business ownership experience to apply for the Small Business Success Student Scholarship Program? “Of course!”

In closing Omar had this to say:

“Good luck to all the future participants, and thank you,, for providing such an awesome scholarship to thousands of college and incoming college students every year!”

If you’ll be a full-time college student in the fall 2015 semester and have experience with small business ownership (whether personally or through a parent, grandparent or legal guardian), we want to hear from you! You could win a $1,500 scholarship to put toward your higher education endeavors just like Omar.

For the official scholarship rules, visit

To share your story, submit a completed entry form at by March 31, 2015.

For further information about the scholarship program, email [email protected].

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About the Author

Jon Gottschalk
Jon Gottschalk is the Senior Marketing Director for and regularly blogs at the Surety Bond Insider to keep consumers informed on new legislation and updates in the commercial surety industry. He is also a licensed property & casualty insurance producer in Missouri.