Story last updated at 5/9/2012 - 1:16 pm
The Young Entrepreneur Foundation of the National Federation of Independent Business has announced the Alaska recipient of the 10th annual NFIB Young Entrepreneur Awards, a scholarship program that rewards entrepreneurial talents among high school students.
The 2012 NFIB/Alaska Leadership Council Award winner of a $1,000 scholarship is Ketchikan High School senior Jeanette Sweetman.
In May, NFIB YEF will honor the four students selected as $5,000 scholarships winners and name the "2012 Young Entrepreneur of the Year," who will be awarded a $10,000 scholarship.
To qualify for a YEF Award, students must be running their own business. They were required to write an essay describing their entrepreneurial endeavors and future goals. Standardized test scores, grade point average, and class rank were considered in the selection process. NFIB members around the country nominated applicants for the Young Entrepreneur Awards. An independent, outside committee selects a group of qualified semi-finalists.