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Scholarship for Students with Self Employment Experience (ID 2478)

Scholarship Description

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Have you ever earned money as a contractor or a small business owner? If so, this scholarship opportunity is for you.

If you are a qualifying student (see “who can apply” section below), you may submit a 750 to 1,500 word essay describing how your experience working for yourself as either a contractor or small business owner has impacted your view of education and your future. The winning application will receive a $1,000 scholarship.

Why are we specifically rewarding this kind of experience?
Self employment teaches people lessons of independence and accountability that can’t be found through any other experience. In the beginning, it often doesn’t pay as well as traditional employment, but we believe that the lessons taught by the self employment experience will pay dividends in both education and perspective long after the work or business concludes. Therefore, we would like to reward students that choose to take this unconventional path and encourage more to follow in their footsteps.

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Any undergraduate or graduate student enrolled in a degree program at any accredited American College, University or Trade School with self employment experience may apply. For purposes of this scholarship, self employment experience simply means that you or a business you started were paid directly for your work. Here are some examples of common types of self employment:

Mowing lawns for neighbors
Tutoring students
Babysitting services for families
Hanging Christmas lights for neighbors
Starting a business of any kind
Special Criteria:
How to apply?
Submit your 750 to 1,500 word essay as a Microsoft Word attachment to Use the subject line “ChooseWhat Scholarship Application” Do not put the essay directly in the email- only attached essays will be accepted. In the email, please include the following information:

Your full name
Name of school
Anticipated Major
Expected Graduation Date
Type and dates of self employment (eg: Lawn maintenance, May 2012- September 2012)