SOURCE: National Association for the Self-Employed

National Association for the Self-Employed

August 26, 2009 00:00 ET

NASE Gives $84,000 in College Scholarships

Over $1.8 Million Awarded in 20 Years of Academic Support

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - August 26, 2009) - Just as states across the nation are cutting financial aid due to budget shortfalls, the National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE) awarded $84,000 in scholarship money to help 19 families send their children to college.

Merit-based scholarships worth $4,000 were awarded to 18 students. The NASE Future Entrepreneur received $12,000, with a promise of $12,000 more over the next three years as long as he maintains a high academic performance.

The scholarship awards will be used to defray the cost of tuition, which has risen to an average of $6,585 per year for four-year public colleges, and $25,143 per year for private schools, according to the College Board.

"For 20 years, the NASE has viewed this scholarship program as a way to help our members send their children to college," said Robert Hughes, NASE president. "The students can study any subject at any accredited college and I'm proud we can help them achieve their dreams."

The NASE Scholarship Program began in 1989 as a way to invest in the future of entrepreneurship. Since its start, over $1.8 million has been awarded to the dependents of NASE Members.

The 2009 NASE $4,000 Scholarship recipients are:

Clare Bateman of Waymart, Pa.
Victoria Boyd of Memphis, Tenn.
Abigail Ebensberger of La Vergne, Tenn.
Brittany Elmer of Rockton, Ill.
Kelly Gwiner of Fostoria, Ohio
Laurel Hansen of Allison Park, Pa.
Hannah Harmsen of Middleville, Mich.
Lindsey Maxon of Arlington, Texas
Lesli Meekins of Port Orchard, Wash.
Ethan Montgomery of Stephenville, Texas
Jennifer Pappas of Methuen, Mass.
Emily Rapp of Sharon, N.H.
Joshua Scherschel of Bedford, Ind.
Raphael Shapiro of Sag Harbor, N.Y.
Trevor St. John-Gilbert of Rockwall, Texas
Jason Wilber of Downingtown, Pa.
Julia Wilber of Downingtown, Pa.
Devon Zielinski of Argyle, Texas

The 2009 NASE Future Entrepreneur, Joe Pielago, is a Los Angeles streetwear designer. With his scholarship of up to $24,000, he plans to attend the University of San Francisco as a freshman this fall.

At the University of San Francisco, Joe intends to continue the business that qualified him for the NASE Future Entrepreneur scholarship -- Volia Los Angeles.

Volia is a line of hats and T-shirts that combine the hip-hop, skateboard craze and urban lifestyle that are part of the Southern California culture for teens in the 21st century. The company has four employees, including Joe's brother, Jeff, 15, who's the venture's top salesman and Joe's lifelong friend D.J. Vilicich, who helped co-found Voila.

For more information about the NASE Scholarship Program or the 2009 recipients, please contact Kristin Oberlander at

About the NASE

The National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE) is the nation's leading resource for the self-employed and micro-businesses, bringing a broad range of benefits to help entrepreneurs succeed and to drive the continued growth of this vital segment of the American economy. The NASE is a 501(c) (6) nonprofit organization and provides big-business advantages to hundreds of thousands of micro-businesses across the United States. For more information, visit the association's Web site at

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