MN Student Wins Nat’l Scholarship for Phone Apps

Rohit Agrawal is one of five high school students who received a scholarship from the 2011 NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award program, which is designed to reward and encourage entrepreneurial talents among high school students.

Wayzata High School student Rohit Agrawal has won a $5,000 scholarship for a business he started that creates applications for Android smart phones.

Agrawal is one of five high school students who received a scholarship from the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Young Entrepreneur Foundation, which is designed to reward and encourage entrepreneurial talents among high school students.

The five finalists are now competing for the “2011 Young Entrepreneur of the Year” award. The student who is selected for the top award, which will be announced in June, will receive an additional $5,000 scholarship.

Through his business, called Pwn with Your Phone, Agrawal designs, develops, and sells applications for Android smart phones.

Agrawal's apps focus on emerging technologies-including GPS, speech synthesis, and voice recognition-to enhance business productivity and user experience.

More than 4,500 students applied for the scholarship this year. To qualify for a scholarship, students must be running their own business and were required to write an essay describing their entrepreneurial endeavors and future goals. Standardized test scores, GPA, and class rank were also considered in the selection process.

Since the scholarship program started in 2003, the NFIB Young Entrepreneur Foundation has awarded 2,226 scholarships together totaling more than $2.5 million to graduating high school seniors.