“My mom always told me when I was younger that I’d be a fantastic salesman. And I think I always kind of ran with that,” explains Tristan Starkweather, winner of the 2018 Conrey Insurance Broker’s Entrepreneurial Scholarship. Majoring in business with a concentration in entrepreneurship, the 20-year-old senior at California State University, Fullerton developed a clear vision for his future early in life. His dedication to achieving his dreams made him the top contender among a field of more than a dozen CSU Fullerton students—all of whom personified the Conrey philosophy of helping shape the future by proactively preparing for it.
Recognizing academic and personal achievement.
Through the university’s Scholarship & Award Application process, Tristan supplied the academic and personal information required to qualify for Conrey’s criteria. This included a personal statement providing insights into his achievements, family background, career and educational plans, and the impact a scholarship would have. A personal interview completed the process. About two months after his initial application, Tristan received a call from Professor John Bradley Jackson, Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship at the university. He’d been awarded the Conrey scholarship for 2018. As the 14th recipient of the annual Conrey scholarship, Tristan received $3,500 toward completing his education.
Celebrating the spirit of entrepreneurship.
“I love technology. I love the tech space. I love everything that has to do with that,” Tristan says. Starting in his freshman year of high school, he began selling video games he no longer wanted on eBay. He slowly transitioned to Amazon, building a storefront that eventually received weekly shipments of games from wholesalers, which he repackaged and sold. Tristan credits this experience with helping him realize “This was something that I could actually do—that I could be my own boss, and that I could actually run my own company if I had the idea and the passion.” Tristan also credits his parents, who “put in my mind that I could do anything if I really believed in it.”
How can Conrey help with your future?
We created the Conrey Insurance Broker’s Entrepreneurial Scholarship to help make a difference in the futures of business-minded students. Our team is equally committed to helping our clients prepare for their own futures, whether that involves protecting your family or business, wealth management or other financial services. Contact us at 1-877-450-1872 or online, and experience the Conrey Difference for yourself.