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Young entrepreneurs invited to apply for grants


Last updated 5/14/2018 at 9:34am

MCLEAN, Va. – Know a young person between the ages of 16 and 25 who has demonstrated an enthusiasm and passion for an innovative idea or project? Are they working or developing new ideas in areas such as music, the performing arts, technology or entrepreneurship?

The nonprofit group, Hunter Brooks Watson Memorial Fund, is seeking grant applications for its June 15 cycle of awards. These grants, up to $5,000 each, are not scholarships for academic studies, but rather direct financial support to assist innovative young people in bringing their ideas and projects to fruition.

In its recent grant cycles, the fund has helped finance new internet projects, recording studio updates, expansion of online businesses and several music and performance projects. Grant applicants do not have to be enrolled in school, but simply have to explain through the grant application why funding is needed to move their project forward. There is no cost nor obligation to apply.

The memorial fund was created in honor of Hunter Brooks Watson, a young man tragically killed as a passenger in a car crash in the spring of 2016, just before he was to enter his junior year at Syracuse University. Hunter had already reached high levels of success in a variety of areas, including music, performing, starting a business and as a computer technology major at the university.

The application deadline for the current grant cycle is June 15. Further information and the grant application are available at


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