Gunnar Bjorkland Young Entrepreneur Scholarship

The Festival of {Giving} Trees is honored to have received donations in memory of Gunnar. One of the decisions the Committee made was to offer a scholarship in the amount of $1000 to a young entrepreneur in Gunnar’s memory – a tradition we hope to carry on every year at the Festival.

Entrepreneurs can change the world, but it might be a little more challenging than you think.

The simple definition of an entrepreneur is an individual who creates a new business, bearing the majority of the risks and enjoying most of the benefits. Entrepreneurs play a key role in any economy, using the skills and initiative necessary to anticipate needs and bringing good new ideas to market.

Let me introduce you to Gunnar Bjorkland, entrepreneur. Gunnar Bjorkland in his early youth, Gunnar was drawn to military service. At the age of eleven, he entered the Worcester Naval Sea Cadet Corps, achieving the highest rank of Chief Petty Officer by age 18. Gunnar graduated from Shepard Hill Regional High School and became a licensed EMT from Quinsigamond Community College in 2016. After becoming an EMT, he served on the Webster EMS and Charlton Fire Department. He then decided to follow his dream of entrepreneurship and built his own company, Interesting Logistics, Inc. from the ground up. Gunnar was devoted to that company.

His “can do” attitude could not be denied. Gunnar wanted to make the world a better place. His drive, passion and positivity were contagious. You could not help but smile when Gunnar was in the room. He touched so many lives and was a force of influence to those who knew and loved him.

Gunnar was a member of the Festival of {Giving} Trees in Southbridge, MA for 12 years, and at the age of nineteen was unanimously voted on to the Board of Directors.

Sadly, Gunnar left this world unexpectedly in February 2021 and in his honor The Festival of {Giving} Trees is starting the “Gunnar Bjorkland Young Entrepreneur Scholarship” for high school seniors. The scholarship will be in the amount of $1000 with the aim of providing support for young entrepreneurs in need of funding for either their education or furthering their business. All high school entrepreneurs are eligible to apply for this scholarship.

Finalists will be selected on the basis of academic performance, demonstration of leadership and participation in school and community activities, work experience, a 1000-word essay covering  (a) what ways do you consider yourself an entrepreneur? (b) What motivates you to work hard in everything that you do? (c) As an entrepreneur, what do you view as “success” and what do you think it takes to become successful in 2021? and (d) Knowing that entrepreneurship involves a lot of difficulties, describe the best example of you being persistent in the face of failure.

If you’d like more information on this please reach out to us at fogtsparklingtrees@gmail.com.