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As a small family-owned business, we understand the importance of preparing our youth for the future. While many students have the potential to reach great strides, it is not always easy financially to get there.

In November of 2015 we announced our first Business Scholarship for college students in the U.S. interested in business programs, industrial design or related fields. With a grand prize of $1,000 and two runner-ups earning $500 each, we accepted applications for 30 days with two questions to be answered:

  1. What inspired you to take a business/industry-related course of study?
  2. What do you think will be the greatest challenges or biggest innovations facing American business in the near future?

We are excited to announce our three winners!

$1,000 Grand Prize Winner: Julie Slama 


Julie is a sophomore at Yale University and works as a Marketing Director for her campus startup SubLite, LLC. At SubLite she has gained experience in social media marketing and feels that “social media can be your best friend and worst enemy, depending on the balance you strike with your target audience.”

Julie thinks that the biggest challenge businesses will face in the future is perfecting their social media channels and using them effectively.

$500 Runner Up: Max Dahl


Max is a sophomore at the Metropolitan State University of Denver and majoring in Industrial Design. He was inspired to study design because it is a “universal language that can convey ideas to people all over the world.” As for the future, Max thinks that as advances in technology are made, businesses will have to adjust and ensure their data remains secure.

$500 Runner Up: Jose Martinez


Jose is a sophomore at the University of Central Florida and studying Business Administration and Finance. He chose his major after being inspired by both of his parents who opened their own business when he was a child. Jose currently has an internship as a financial analyst through the university and has gained experience in risk assessment, handling assets and networking.

When asked what he thinks will be the biggest challenge for business in the future, Jose said the constantly growing target markets. Businesses now have consumers in countries across the world, with different cultures, tastes and demands. The biggest problem will be appeasing all potential customers.


With over 50 applicants, we truly enjoyed reading everyone’s essays and were quite inspired. If you didn’t win this time around, don’t worry –  we can’t wait to do it again in April!

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