Brandon Boynton, a high school senior at Pendleton Heights High School in Pendleton, Indiana, is a recipient of the 14th annual National Federation of Independent Business’ Young Entrepreneur Award.
These awards are given out by the NFIB’s Young Entrepreneur Foundation and are designed to inspire and develop the entrepreneurial spirit in high school students. This year, Visa has stepped in to match a local marketing firm, Element212’s, $1000 contribution, allowing Boynton to receive a $2000 scholarship toward his post-secondary education at IUPUI.
“Element212 was built from the entrepreneurial spirit. Our goal through supporting the NFIB’s Young Entrepreneur Foundation is to encourage our next generation of entrepreneurial leaders in Indiana. We want them to tangibly feel the support from other local business owners," states Todd Rimer, CEO of Element212.
Boynton was one of five high school senior entrepreneurs in Indiana to be recognized by the scholarship program. He is the owner of BullyBox, a mobile app designed to allow students to safely and anonymously reports acts of bullying or other school safety concerns, while simultaneously allowing the reporter to refrain from becoming directly involved in the incident.
During college, Boynton plans on continuing to provide his expertise in development of “apps that make a difference” via his company, MostBeastlyStudios, LLC and intends on pursuing a product-based startup in the near future.
“I embrace being an entrepreneur by working hard,” says Boynton. “After I graduate college, I plan to continue to be an entrepreneur … I don’t want to take a job; I want to make jobs.”
The NFIB YEA scholarship is open to seniors in high school that own or operate their own small business. For applicants to be considered, students were required to write an essay regarding their current entrepreneurial endeavors as well as their future goals. Alongside the essay, applicants are also put through an interview stage conducted by NFIB members.
Element212 is a proud supporter of the National Federation of Independent Business’ Young Entrepreneur Foundation.