BELLEVUE, Wash., Sept. 15, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Any full-time or part-time student currently enrolled in an accredited university or community college in the United States has until December 31, 2016 to apply to Advantage Business Valuations for the Social Entrepreneur Scholarship. There is no minimum GPA or major requirement. Applicants are asked to submit a short YouTube video explaining what social entrepreneurship means to them, and how they can apply the spirit of social entrepreneurs in their lives.
According to Aaron Muller, President of Advantage Business Valuations, business is a powerful tool that can be used to solve social problems. "Our society would be better off if we have a healthy mix of traditional businesses and social businesses," stated Muller. "We want to raise awareness for the idea of social entrepreneurship so more of our younger generation one day start social businesses."
The judges of the scholarship are intentionally vague about the definitions of social entrepreneur and social business. The field of social entrepreneurship is full of innovation and trial and error without one single right way to be a social entrepreneur. One might run a traditional business that is socially minded, operate a triple-bottom-line business that measures its success using multiple bottom lines, give up the profit motive altogether and use the profits to do social good instead of paying the shareholders, or come up with a new business structure that uses the power of business to do social good. Scholarship applicants are discouraged from giving the academic definition of social entrepreneurship and asked instead to talk about what social entrepreneurship means to them.
"We intentionally decided against asking the applicants to write an academic essay on social entrepreneurship," explained Muller. "By asking the students to talk about how they can apply the spirit of social entrepreneurs in their lives, we take an abstract academic concept and make it real and relatable to the applicants' lives." The choice to require submission via a YouTube video is also intentional. Social entrepreneurship is a highly innovative field, and the submission format embodies the spirit of innovation. The judges will be looking for thoughtful and genuine response from the applicants talking about what social entrepreneurship means to them. As long as the judges can clearly understand the applicant, professional video filming or editing does not improve one's chances of getting selected.
One winner will be selected to receive a $500 reward that can be used towards tuition, school related expenses, or even fund one's business idea. "Entrepreneurs don't always get good grades or major in business," smiled Muller. "That is why we made the decision to remove any minimum GPA or major requirement. You never know where the next social entrepreneur who changes the world will come from."
Submission guidelines for the scholarship can be found on the company's web site. "Every business, large or small, can make a difference in society," stated Muller. "Advantage Business Valuations is proud to do its part even if our budget is small."
About Advantage Business Valuations
Advantage Business Valuations is a boutique firm based in Seattle that performs business valuations for small-to-mid-sized companies. Its President, Aaron Muller, believes in making a difference regardless of the size of one's business. He strives for Advantage Business Valuations to be an example of a small business that contributes to society through its operations.
Aaron Muller, President
Advantage Business Valuations
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