NEW YORK, May 28, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Western Washington University student Jake Berry has been announced as the winner of the Business Plan Scholarship for Students with Disabilities from Fit Small Business. Jake Berry, from Mukilteo, Washington, will receive the $1000 scholarship based on the strength of the essay he wrote in response to the prompt: "What I learned from writing a business plan." Fit Small Business, a New York-based web company, launched the scholarship to encourage students with disabilities to pursue careers in business.
Jake Berry is a sophomore undergraduate student at Western Washington University. He attended Kamiak High School in Mukilteo, Washington, where he played baseball and basketball. Berry is passionate about health and wellness, and is a strong advocate for healthy living and eating. He volunteers in planning and running the Live Aloha Hawaiian Cultural Festival in Seattle. This summer, he plans to launch a website on healthy nutrition. He currently studies Marketing and hopes to work in advertising or marketing analysis after he graduates.
Berry has long battled Attention Deficit Disorder. He particularly struggled early in high school, where he had to work for hours to complete just one or two assignments. His grades have improved significantly since then. Berry says, "I've gotten over it a little bit just because I have a better atmosphere for studying." By removing distractions, Berry has made his work that much easier and has been much more successful at his schoolwork.
Jake Berry is the second annual winner of the Business Plan Scholarship. Fit Small Business launched the scholarship in 2014 to inspire students with disabilities to pursue careers in business, and they intend to award scholarships every fall and spring semester for the foreseeable future.
Submissions for the Fall 2015 Business Plan Scholarship will open on August 1 and close on December 14. The winner will be announced by January 8, 2015. The scholarship prize will again be $1000. Further information can be found on the Business Plan Scholarship web page.
About Fit Small Business:
The success of disabled individuals is especially important for Fit Small Business: one of Fit Small Business's co-founders has succeeded despite having dyslexia, and we strive to encourage other disabled Americans to pursue success in business.
Fit Small Business is a rapidly growing website that addresses common small business needs. We provide industry insight, advice, and recommendations for small business owners and managers, so that small businesses can make the best and most effective decisions.
Michael X. Heiligenstein
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SOURCE Fit Small Business