It's with a tip of our hat that we announce the winners of insureon's Small, Business, Big Impact Scholarship:
- Joseph Katula of Yorkville, Illinois.
- Margaret Manto of Charlottesville, Virginia.
Their essays, which were selected because of the inspiring and passionate ways these students articulated their dedication to service, were chosen from a pool of nearly 200 entrants. Both winners will receive $2,500 to put toward their educational expenses.
Let's learn a little more about the most recent scholarship winners.
Meet the Victors
Joseph Katula plans to study biomedical engineering at Case Western Reserve University – a wonderful use of the perspective he gained during his time with Yorkville Laundromat and his own organization Yorkville Cares 4 Kids.
In his essay, Joseph describes how he and his siblings founded Yorkville Cares 4 Kids to help provide clothing for children during the foreclosure crisis. He got the idea for the organization when he noticed parents and children struggling to access basic necessities, so his efforts focused on collecting clothing from schools' lost and founds to distribute at local food pantries.
But Joseph and his siblings ran into a problem when they wanted to take their service the extra mile by cleaning and repairing the clothing items. Their family washing machine wasn't up to the task of all those loads. The Yorkville Laundromat donated washing machine time to help Joseph realize his goals and help the community.
Margaret Manto, who is no stranger to hard work, will put that effort toward studying biological engineering at MIT. In her essay, she describes how her time at Atlas Coffee, a café owned by her mother, helped shape her outlook and drive. Her mother was an inspiration to her, showing her firsthand that with enough effort, she could accomplish any goal. The lessons she learned from her mother and working at Atlas Coffee will surely carry her far in her career.
Both students' essays exemplified how their small business experience shaped their lives and their future career decisions, making these personal lessons uniquely poignant and universal.
Enter to Win the insureon Small Business, Big Impact Scholarship
Feeling inspired? If you're a college student (or will be a college student in the fall), put your small business experience to words for a chance to win one of our two $2,500 scholarships. We hold this contest three times per year, and the current contest is now open for submissions.
For this contest…
- Write a 500- to 750-word essay about how a summer job at or as a small business inspired you.
- Make sure your essay is original, creative, logically structured, and free of spelling and grammatical errors.
- Complete the contest application and submit your essay by July 31, 2015.
It's that easy! Visit our official scholarship contest page for more details.