It’s that time of year again, folks: we’re pleased as punch to announce the most recent winners of our Small Business, Big Impact Scholarship. Every semester, we invite college students to write an essay about how a small business has impacted their life. From the entries, we choose two winners to receive a $2,500 scholarship.
This semester, the essays recounted stories of family businesses, student-owned operations, small firms where students worked, and even small businesses that students had relied on so often they considered the owners family. Choosing winners wasn’t easy, but our panel of judges selected two winners.
Laura Stockman, a native of Kenmore, New York, wrote about how a project she undertook at age 10 to process her grief at losing her grandparents grew into a popular blogging program that empowers children to express gratitude and do good deeds for others. The project also led to the establishment of the WNY Young Writer’s Studio, a mentoring organization Stockman runs with her mother. When she turns 18 next year, Stockman plans to turn the studio into a nonprofit business and continue to run it to help students make a difference through the written word.
Shannon Desmond, who hails from Lewes, Delaware, wrote about how, after accepting a part-time job to earn enough money to buy a car, she discovered a love for the hospitality industry. After a few years of working at Lewes’ Half Full, a gourmet pizza restaurant, Desmond realized she loved serving people in a hospitality setting. When she starts college in the fall, she will enroll as a student at the University of Central Florida’s Rosen College of Hospitality Management. In the future, she plans to open a business of her own.
Both women will receive $2,500 to put toward their educational expenses.
To learn more about our winners and read their essays, visit the scholarship winners page. The Small Business, Big Impact essay competition will reopen for the spring 2015 semester on March 2, 2015. Follow us on Twitter or Facebook to receive updates about submitting to one of our future competitions.
On behalf of the entire insureon team, we want to offer our hearty congratulations to Laura and Shannon. Best of luck in college!