CHICAGO, Jan. 10, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Insureon, the nation's leading online provider of small business insurance, today announced the winners of its Winter 2016 Small Business, Big Impact scholarship competition: Lindsay Diamond of Midlothian, Virginia, and Derrick White of Lithia Springs, Georgia. Their essays were chosen from more than 700 submitted. Each will receive $2,500 toward educational expenses.
In her essay, Lindsay tells the story of Diamond Motors, Inc., a used car dealership and auto repair shop her parents started after medical troubles forced them to sell the family car to make ends meet. She highlights her parents' hard work, ingenuity, and commitment to excellent customer service as reasons why the company has thrived. A nursing student at James Madison University, Lindsay hopes to work in pediatrics after graduation.
Derrick White's essay recounts the ups and downs of his mother's business, Needles and Ink Screen Printing. His writing shows a nuanced understanding about both the successes and failures that make up the reality of small business ownership. A digital marketing and entrepreneurship major at the University of Georgia, Derrick plans to earn a Master's degree before launching a business of his own.
"The stories these students tell are emblematic of small-business owners across America," said Ted Devine, Insureon's CEO. "The story of American business ownership is one of solving problems, supporting families and finding innovative ways to improve life for the next generation. Lindsay and Derrick and their families are part of a long tradition of innovation in this country, and I couldn't be happier that we're helping support their education."
To read the winning essays, visit the Small Business, Big Impact scholarship winners page.
Insureon's Small Business, Big Impact scholarship runs three times per year. For details about entering the current competition, which closes March 31, visit http://www.insureon.com/insureonu/small-business-scholarship/.
Insureon, the nation's leading online provider of insurance for small businesses, offers six scholarships per year through InsureonU. It also serves as a resource hub for entrepreneurs, with tools, reports, and expert advice geared at the country's smallest businesses.