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Scholarship opportunity for North Dakota students

An application for one of America's most highly regarded and well-publicized scholarship awards in now available online until Dec. 15.

Since 2003, the National Federation of Independent Business's Young Entrepreneur Foundation has awarded 2,095 scholarships to graduating high school seniors totaling more than $2.3 million.

Last year, more than 4,500 students nationwide applied for a YEF scholarship. NFIB awarded 131 scholarships to young entrepreneurs across the country, thanks to the financial support from numerous small-business leaders, corporate, and foundation supporters.

North Dakota high school seniors wishing to apply for a 2012 scholarship can go to / The nomination period by an NFIB member will occur Feb. 1-March 1. NFIB members can also go to the same online address to make a tax-deductible contribute to the program.

The NFIB Young Entrepreneur Awards program was established to raise awareness among the nation's youth about the critical role that private enterprise and entrepreneurship play in the building of America.

The NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award recipients will attend the university, college, community college, or vocational/technical institute of their choice with $1,000-$10,000 in tuition assistance from the NFIB Young Entrepreneur Foundation. In June of this year, NFIB YEF also honored four students selected as $5,000 scholarships winners and named the "2011 Young Entrepreneur of the Year" who was awarded a $10,000 scholarship.

To qualify for a YEF Award, students must be running their own business. They are required to write an essay describing their entrepreneurial endeavors and future goals. Standardized test scores, GPA, and class rank are also considered in the selection process. NFIB members around the country nominate applicants for the Young Entrepreneur Awards. An independent, outside committee selects a group of qualified semi-finalists.

For further information, please call or send an email to NFIB/North Dakota Member Support Manager Bethany Gosewehr at 317-638-4447,