Insureon Awards $5,000 in Latest Small Business, Big Impact Scholarship Competition

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Insureon has awarded $60,000 in scholarship money over four years to students who own or support small businesses.

"Ethan and Desiree's passion for small business really shone through in their essays, and we are proud to support them during their education as they prepare to take their place as the next generation of small business owners," said Ted Devine, CEO of Insureon.

Insureon, the nation's leading online provider of small business insurance, today announced the winners of its spring 2018 Small Business, Big Impact scholarship competition: Desiree Townsend of Laguna Niguel, California, and Ethan Norton of Buford, Georgia. Each student will receive $2,500 to help pay for tuition and other educational expenses.

Students who want to be considered for the Insureon scholarship are asked to write an essay describing their favorite small business. Since the competition began in 2014, the company has awarded $60,000 in scholarship funds to students who support small businesses in their communities.

Desiree wrote her essay about Thrive Juice Lab – a café specializing in organic cold-pressed juices and vegan food. The essay also focuses on Cole Carson, the founder of the café, and his commitment to providing healthy food options for the Laguna Niguel community. Desiree is a senior at the University of California, Irvine, where she is studying biological sciences. She hopes to one day found a biotechnology company focused on the production of plant-derived vaccines.

In his essay, Ethan describes his journey as the owner of his small business – Norton’s Landscaping. He shares how he grew his business over the course of three years from relying on his family's lawn mower to acquiring a truck, trailer, and commercial lawn mower of his own. Ethan also recounts what he learned about hiring and managing friends at his company. Ethan is a freshman at Clemson University majoring in civil engineering. He hopes to combine his love for engineering and working outdoors.

"Once again, we received so many inspiring stories from students committed to small businesses in their community," said Ted Devine, CEO of Insureon. "It is always a challenge to pick just two, but Ethan and Desiree's passion for small business really shone through in their essays, and we are proud to support them during their education as they prepare to take their place as the next generation of small business owners."

To read the winning essays, visit the scholarship winners' page.

Insureon's Small Business, Big Impact scholarship program is held twice annually, providing a total of four scholarships per year. Insureon is accepting applications for the next round of scholarships September 7 through October 19, 2018. For more details, visit http://www.insureon.com/insureonu/small-business-scholarship/.

About Insureon
Headquartered in Chicago, Insureon provides industry-leading technology that connects small business owners with top U.S. insurance providers via a simple online application tool. The company’s agents are certified in 50 states and have helped more than 200,000 customers compare options to find the best policies to protect their businesses. For more information, visit http://www.insureon.com.
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