Find Your Grind Co-Founder Nick Gross talks about self discovery over success being the new model in 2018. Click here to read the recent article in Forbes Magazine.
Find Your Grind partnered up with the Mammoth Film Festival to support the world’s best upcoming film makers, directors and producers for the inaugural year. Check out our recap of the event!
International eSports infrastructure company Rekt Global and Find Your Grind have partnered up to launch the largest eSports lifestyle scholarship program. Unlike traditional scholarships that go to college programs, this scholarship will be open to the entire eSports ecosystem for the aspiring gamers, streamers, managers, events organizers, cosplay fanatics, and so much more. We wanted to emphasize the importance of passion and stories within this space and open the scholarship up to a much broader category of enthusiasts.
FYG partners up for the second year with Will.I.AM’s I.Am.Angel Foundation to support STEM related lifestyle paths for kids in Boyle Heights.
We wanted to send a huge thank you to our partners in Ethika for joining our scholarship program this year on the #FindYourGrind Tour and helping turn students ambitions and passions into a reality.
Haley Hintz took 1st place in National Startup competition for her Penny Saver App.
Haley Hintz of Rolling Meadows, Illinois was nominated by her English teacher, Caleb Parnin. This spring, the young entrepreneur took the initiative to develop her own app, Penny Saver, in order to help teenagers learn fiscal literacy and how to best save and spend their money. Impressively, Haley led her team to win the district-wide Startup competition, but she didn’t stop there. They also competed in the national competition and took home first place!
In addition to her passion for web and app design, Haley is also a fourth-year member of her school’s dance team. She holds several different leadership positions, as well as the responsibilities of lead choreographer. As a true entrepreneurial spirit and a lover of the arts, Haley perfectly exemplifies someone who is “finding their grind.” She hopes to attend Indiana University next year, and we can’t wait to see what she accomplishes next!
Hannah Atherton overcomes unimaginable hardship with grace.
This amazing young lady has overcome incredible hardship; losing her parents at an early age was just the beginning. However, she managed to be an Honor Roll student, President of her class, involved in both yearbook committee and cheerleading. Outside of school, she works two part-time jobs.
From Hannah: I will be using my Find Your Grind Scholarship to help with my college and future plans. I am very appreciative of these funds and will be using it for college expenses over the next few years. This way, as I continue to work, the money I make can be put aside in a savings account for my future and business endeavors.
Tori Boyle (Educator)
As a teacher, I am investing the Find Your Grind Scholarship back into my school Bureau Valley, our students, and “staffulty.” We work throughout the school year to make it feel like a family within our school by recognizing students with student of the month, leadership opportunities, field trips, Renaissance shirts, cards, birthday cake, winter wishes, and much more. We also work to recognize the staffulty with Renaissance shirts, staff of the month, gifts, birthday ambush, Staffulty Appreciation Week, and more.
We ask all students and staff to write a winter wish for themselves or someone else and we grant as many as possible. Many of the wishes were small like candy or flowers and some were larger, like clothing and calculators. Big or small, these brought so much joy and showed members of our community that someone cared about them. We will then use any money left to help send students to the 2018 Jostens Renaissance National Conference!
Still in high school, Grace Blessington’s art and passion have taken her on a special journey.
Grace’s passion and creativity is inspiring to everyone around her. She has “found her grind” in fashion design, and saved up money to put herself through art school over the summer at San Francisco Art Institute. She already has several collections of clothes out, and has set up innovative photoshoots on her own. Her infectious spirit for her work makes it easy for many of her classmates to lend a hand and help her shoots come together.
She currently balances high school and classes at Mary Mount University, along with her job, and role as Student Union President. On top of her determination, she’s incredibly talented and has been blessed with the gift of being amazing at something she loves. Also passionate about woodworking, installations, film, and fashion design, she is one to watch. Congratulations Grace!
Arman Yazdian and Pierce Tran focus on school, sports, and family in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.
Despite needing to financially support his single mother with cancer, Arman Yazdian has defeated all odds. As the man of the house, Arman works three jobs outside of his busy school schedule… but was still nominated by ten of his peers for this scholarship. He is not only an outstanding leader, but also the Valedictorian of his class. He aspires to become an anesthesiologist after attending Rice University.
Arman wanted Find Your Grind to know about his friend, Pierce Tran. Both members of the Varsity tennis team, Arman notices that not a single day passes by where Pierce does not wake up early to go practice tennis and stay after school to work on his game. He has improved from the JV squad to being a star on the Varsity team. But most importantly, he sacrifices so much of his time for his single mother who works over three jobs to support the family.
Hurricane Harvey has been the most difficult time Pierce has experienced throughout his life. Pierce called Arman the night the hurricane hit to tell him that the water was rising in his house with no way of his family getting out. Arman helped Pierce reach an emergency evacuation hotline and they were able to rescue him and his neighbors, but they had to live in a shelter for more than a week. Despite losing all of his material possessions, Pierce stays motivated and positive by focusing on tennis and school.