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West High School Student Awarded Scholarship for Entrepreneurship from EY

Salt Lake City, 29 May 2014

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Evelyn Salazar receives $1,000 scholarship in recognition of her entrepreneurial spirit

Entrepreneurs understand that opportunity can be found in adversity and economic drift. And over and over, the most successful entrepreneurs emphasize innovation as the key to their success. It is in that spirit that EY established an annual scholarship to reward 25 young entrepreneurs for their passion and help them embrace the excitement of knowing that the next big thing might be just around the corner.

Evelyn Salazar, a senior at West High School received the $1,000 scholarship from EY as a result of her entrepreneurial endeavors. Her business, ES Photography, offers photo sessions for individuals and family groups. She is now including creative editing and nature shots in her portfolio, which she sells on eBay. As a graduating senior at West High, she is also co-producer for the school’s television broadcasting program.

“Entrepreneurs are the driving force in our economy – and young entrepreneurs are increasingly in the driver’s seat as both innovators and job creators. Now, more than ever before, we are seeing young entrepreneurs experience tremendous success, particularly in industries with a low cost of entry,” said Herb Engert, Americas Strategic Growth Markets Leader, EY. “At EY we are proud to recognize these ambitious stars and are excited to watch them grow into tomorrow’s leaders.” 

“Receiving this award reminds me that I can achieve great things. And it is bringing me closer to my dream of being a first-generation college student,” said Evelyn Salazar.

Evelyn Salazar, 17, plans to attend Snow College in the fall, studying TV Broadcasting and Marketing. She hopes to set an example for her younger siblings to set their sights high and dream big. She’s grateful to be the first in her family to go to college—and she hopes she won’t be the last.

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