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Young Entrepreneurs Expand Their Horizons with Scholarships from NFIB and Sam’s Club

HOUSTON, June 22, 2010 – Recently fifteen students from the Houston area were awarded either a $1,000 or $2,000 scholarships from the NFIB Young Entrepreneurs Foundation and Sam’s Club.

The NFIB Young Entrepreneur Foundation and Sam’s Club share a common mission to support communities and programs that contribute to education, economic development and small business.

“This year’s applicants demonstrate that entrepreneurial curiosity is thriving in high schools across America,” said Terry LaPier, chair, NFIB Young Entrepreneur Foundation Board of Directors. “Our country needs to support these young entrepreneurs, so that they in return are confident enough to take the calculated risks necessary to run their own enterprises that create jobs and give back to our communities. The NFIB Young Entrepreneur Foundation is proud to be able to support and honor this year’s award recipients. We hope our scholarships will assist these young entrepreneurs as they continue on their paths towards successful futures.”

The Young Entrepreneur Foundation promotes the lessons of free enterprise by working closely with high school students and educators across the country, with the intention of building the next generation of small-business owners and entrepreneurs. These awards are designed to identify and reward students who have demonstrated entrepreneurial spirit and initiative. The Young Entrepreneur Awards enable students to further their studies in a two-year or four-year institution of higher learning while encouraging them to consider joining the ranks of America’s entrepreneurs. 

Award winners must have been graduating high school seniors who have either founded or are operating their own business, or serve in a leadership role in Junior Achievement, Future Business Leaders of America, Distributive Education Clubs of America or the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship.

The students receiving the scholarships include:

  • Tyson Adams, Harker Heights - $1,000
  • Annabelle Anderson, Houston - $2,000
  • Katie Anderson, Houston - $2,000
  • Rose Cherian, Stafford - $2,000
  • Alex Everett, Houston - $2,000
  • Kristen Flint, Houston - $2,000
  • Aaron Gomez, Humble - $2,000
  • Christiana Kramer, Santa Fe - $2,000
  • Sammy Lam, San Antonio - $1,000
  • Chris Malone, Houston - $2,000
  • Michael McClary, Converse - $1,000
  • Chandani Radia, Houston - $2,000
  • Daniel Snider, San Antonio - $1,000 
  • Nicole Tran, Houston - $2,000
  • Chelsea Wisniske, Houston - $2,000

A celebration will also be held in their honor at the Houston Sam’s Club on Rice Boulevard on Wednesday, June 23.

ABOUT NFIB YEF

The NFIB Young Entrepreneur Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization promoting the importance of small business and free enterprise to the nation’s youth. More information is available at www.NFIB.com/YEF.

The Foundation is associated with the National Federation of Independent Business;NFIB is the nation’s leading small business association, with offices in Washington, D.C. and all 50 states. Founded in 1943 as a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, NFIB gives small and independent business owners a voice in shaping the public policy issues that affect their business. NFIB’s powerful network of grassroots activists sends their views directly to state and federal lawmakers through our unique member-only ballot, thus playing a critical role in supporting America’s free enterprise system. NFIB’s mission is to promote and protect the right of our members to own, operate and grow their businesses. More information about NFIB is available online at www.NFIB.com/newsroom.

About Sam’s Club
Sam’s Club is a division of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., (NYSE:WMT). The first Sam’s Club opened its doors in Midwest City, Okla., in 1983. Today, Sam’s Club serves more than 47 million U.S. members with locations nationwide, as well as in Brazil, China, Mexico and Puerto Rico. Sam’s Club saves its members on average 30.4 percent over grocery and specialty retailers by offering superior values on quality merchandise and services for home or work. Saving is made simple at Sam’s Club. Visit samsclub.comfor more information.