Scout Awarded NASE Future Entrepreneur Scholarship

Wanting to say thank you to U.S. troops for their help at home and overseas, Boy Scout Senior Patrol Leader Patrick Kaltenbach has spent much of the last three years working with the Operation USO Care Package Program to send Boy Scout microwave popcorn to soldiers abroad. Patrick’s efforts have earned him top honors in the National Association for the Self-Employed’s annual scholarship program. As recipient of the NASE Future Entrepreneur Scholarship, Patrick receives up to $24,000 to defray costs of attending college.

The NASE Future Entrepreneur Scholarship is the largest scholarship of its kind in the U.S. and the only one that promotes the entrepreneurial philosophy. This unique opportunity is awarded each summer to a single ambitious and driven individual who demonstrates the characteristics of a future micro-business owner. The scholarship awards $12,000 the first year, and recipients may renew the scholarship for $4,000 for each of three years of continuing education.

Patrick founded Project TroopTreats in 2005 after experiencing firsthand the help of the U.S. military in evacuating and treating thousands of Scouts during the 2005 Boy Scouts of America National Jamboree. Knowing that almost 60 percent of U.S. soldiers were once Scouts, Patrick realized the best way to say ‘thanks’ while reminding soldiers of their time as Scouts was to send bags of Boy Scout microwave popcorn overseas. In 2005, Patrick and his troop raised over $4,000 in popcorn with donations of $1 per bag. In 2006, Project TroopTreats raised $16,000, and they are expected to raise even more after the National Boy Scouts of America office opened a variation of TroopTreats nationwide in 2007.

“Back home, I recalled the soldiers’ tales of relishing Boy Scout popcorn over a campfire, and an idea clicked,” Patrick said. “Why not help them relive those memories by sending popcorn overseas?”

Patrick is the son of NASE Member Patricia McCarthy. Patrick and his family are from Newtonville, Mass., a suburb to the west of Boston. Patrick will enter his freshman year at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute of Troy, N.Y. this fall.

The scholarship award can be used to defray the cost of tuition, which has risen to an average of $6,185 per year for four-year public colleges, and $23,712 per year for private schools, according to the College Board.

“For 19 years, the NASE has viewed this scholarship program as a way to help our members send their children to college,” said Robert Hughes, NASE president. “The students can study any subject at any accredited college. It’s our way of investing in future micro-business owners.”

In addition to the NASE Future Entrepreneur Scholarship, the association also awarded $4,000 scholarships to 20 students, all also dependents of NASE Members. Learn more about those students here.

About the NASE
The National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE) is the nation’s leading resource for the self-employed and micro-businesses, bringing a broad range of benefits to help entrepreneurs succeed and to drive the continued growth of this vital segment of the American economy. The NASE is a 501(c) (6) nonprofit organization and provides big-business advantages to hundreds of thousands of micro-businesses across the United States. For more information, visit the association’s Web site at www.nase.org.

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[…] Scoutnews.com relates the information that the NASE (National Association for the Self-Employed) has a scholarship program and has awarded it to Patrick Kaltenbach of Newtonville, Massachusettes for his idea to send Boy Scout microwave popcorn to our troops overseas. Patricks idea has been wildly successful and the NASE decided to reward him with a scholarship that could end up being $24,000. […]

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