The 2016 Grasshopper Entrepreneur Scholarship competition has come to an end, and we're excited to announce this year's winner. Drum roll, please...

Kaitlin Ross of MIT's Sloan School of Management

Each year, we award a $5,000 scholarship to one active college student pursuing entrepreneurship. This year's essay topic was on market disruption -- what does it mean to you as an entrepreneur, and how would you create it in your own business.

Here's a peek at what Kaitlin had to say:

I would ask a resounding, “Why?” Why are we structured in that specific way? Why is that the cost/price? Why do we operate this way? Does this make sense? Should it be different? Could it be different? Often, business owners are so consumed by the day-to-day tasks of managing their organization that they fail to think differently, creatively, and proactively. As humans, we are prone to habit. It takes a concerted effort to approach the tried and true ways of doing things with an open mind.

Since our founding in 2003, Grasshopper has been working to make it easier for entrepreneurs to start and grow their businesses. Just like most startups, we began as no more than two guys with a dream -- we've grown to serve over 250,000 happy customers since then.

As part of our commitment to helping current and aspiring entrepreneurs, we created a scholarship program that would help college students afford the rising cost of tuition. That's why we're proud to offer the 2016 Grasshopper Entrepreneur Scholarship to Kaitlin. Congratulations.

Thanks to all who applied for this year’s scholarship. We'll see you next year!