Last Month to Enter to Win a $1,500 Scholarship!


For the fifth year in a row, is proud to host the annual Small Business Scholarship, which awards scholarships to three exceptional college students. March is the last month to enter to win one of three $1,500 scholarships! If you have small business experience, we want to hear about it. Submit your essay by March 31, 2017 to be eligible to win—but first, read a little more about the scholarship.

What’s the Small Business Scholarship Program all about? is a small business built by serving other small businesses. Small businesses build communities and strengthen the economy while inspiring future generations to do the same. Through the Small Business Scholarship, we can give back to the small business community by investing in aspiring business owners and entrepreneurs.

Who can apply?

High school students or college students who will be enrolled full-time at an institution of higher learning for the Fall 2017 semester can apply. You do not need to own your own business to apply, although many of our previous finalists and winners did in fact have their own businesses (we continue to be impressed year after year!). We want to hear from students who have been impacted positively by the small business community and want to apply those lessons in upcoming professional endeavors.

What do I need to do?

Write us a 500-1,000 word essay and tell us about your small business experience! We want to know if someone in your family owned a business, if you worked for one or if you just admire entrepreneurship in general. Tell us why small business matters to you and how you might apply small business values in the future. Email your essay and a few other details to [email protected] by March 31, 2017.

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When are winners announced?

The Scholarship Committee will select 10 finalists throughout the month of April. Starting May 1, the 10 finalists’ essay submissions will be featured on the Surety Bond Insider and public voting will begin on the Facebook page. The three finalists with the most votes as of May 31, 2017 will each be awarded a $1,500 scholarship to go toward furthering their educations and careers.

Know a student who is eligible? Be sure to share this opportunity! Check out last year’s winners’ essays for inspiration below:

2016 Scholarship Winner—Jake Norman

2016 Scholarship Winner—Sera Levine

2016 Scholarship Winner—Nathan Chiu

For more information or questions about the Small Business Scholarship Program, visit our official page or email [email protected].

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Melanie Baravik
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