Students & Alumni

Students just like you started their NFTE journey with no idea where they’d end up.  Now they’re successful entrepreneurs and innovators.

Listen to some of their stories

NFTE alumni are college and career-ready, prepared to thrive in the innovation economy

That’s because NFTE makes learning fun and engaging. Students learn relevant, practical skills they can put to use in the real world.

NFTE can be life-changing.
See what recent program alumni say.

Without NFTE, I would not have grown a love and passion for entrepreneurship and I would not be an 18-year old woman with my own business.

—Kelsey Johnson, NFTE Los Angeles Metro

“Through that NFTE program I found myself, my confidence, my voice, and my passion!”

—Jennifer Morales, NFTE Washington, DC Metro

“NFTE propelled me to pursue the goal of becoming the founder and CEO of my own athletics apparel company.  I cannot thank NFTE enough.  This program truly changed my life for the better.”

—Darren Dort, NFTE Newark/New York Metro

Kelsey Johnson Kinky Kaps


Kelsey Johnson

Darren Dort Choppa Athletics

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Darren Dort

Opportunities for NFTE Alumni

NFTE Fellows Program Applications Now Open

NFTE is pleased to announce that the application window for the NFTE Entrepreneurship Fellowship Program is now open! NFTE and Citi Foundation created this program to provide NFTE alumni with a pathway to meaningful and paid work experience. The NFTE Fellows Program is an exciting opportunity for a cohort of NFTE alumni to be involved in the development and implementation of NFTE’s 2021 summer programing.

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Student Loan Grant From Scholly is Back

Eliminate your student debt with the 2021 Natural Light $1 Million Dollar Student Loan Payoff! If you are over the age of 21 and have enrolled in an accredited college or university in the past 15 years, you are eligible to apply. Submissions are due by March 25, 2021.

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Delta Sigma Theta 2021 Scholarship Applications Open

The Los Angeles Alumnae chapter of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated is once again sponsoring college scholarships designed to assist African-American students in attaining their educational goals. Applicants must meet targeted eligibility requirements in either the FINANCIAL NEED or MERIT BASED scholarship categories. ​Applications are due by March 26, 2021.

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2021-2022 Porch Skilled Trade & Technology Scholarships

Level up your education with a $2,000 scholarship from Porch. Growing demand and lack of qualified workers in skilled trades and technology means it’s a great time to go back to school and enter these lucrative and fast-growing industries. Entries are now being accepted for the Winter scholarship, which runs from January 16, 2021 – April 16, 2021.

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AYPF Accepting Applications for 2021 Interns

American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF) offers a variety of professional development and networking opportunities. Internships at AYPF are paid and are substantive in nature, and interns are integral members of the team. Interns will engage in a variety of activities, including researching and analyzing data, writing fact sheets and summaries, and planning and helping to execute online events. For the foreseeable future, the internships will be remote.

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Apply today to receive $500 in cash assistance

With the unprecedented health and economic challenges posed by COVID-19, Scholly is stripping their normal requirements about using the winnings towards tuition or debt and opening it to everything — so it can now be used towards tuition, debt, groceries, or other necessities. Every single eligible person who applies to this fund AND opens an Aspiration savings account will receive $10 free, regardless of whether you receive $500 in cash assistance.

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See what you can do with entrepreneurial mindset! 

Here are just a few of the many businesses that have been founded by NFTE alumni.

Olivia Be'Nguyen


Laura Martinelli

Ehfar Films

Dylan Martin

Mill Brook Honey, LLC

Mathew Galvez

Lotta Worldwide

Carlos Feitosa

Shine Soaps

Daniel Blank



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