Ionnie McNeil, 18, has won the 2006 Girls Going Places College Scholarship Competition.

Guardian Life Insurance Company of America, New York, sponsors the scholarship contest, which recognizes girls between the ages of 12 and 18 who have demonstrated exceptional entrepreneurship.

McNeil, who received a $10,000 scholarship, started Speak 2 Share Inc., Miami, a financial advice firm for young people.

The second prize winner, Becca Robinson, 15, founded Astrotots, Layton, Utah, an organization that runs space and science camps for girls, and the third prize winner, Brittany Bergquist, 15, founded Cell Phones for Soldiers, Norwell, Mass., a group that provides free cell phones and phone cards for soldiers.

Robinson received a $5,000 scholarship, and Bergquist received a $3,000 scholarship. Guardian also awarded 12 $1,000 scholarships.

Guardian says it received about 5,000 entries for the 2006 competition, up from about 4,600 in 2005.

The 2005 first prize winner, Chauncey Holloman, founded Harlem Lyrics Enterprises Inc., Mabelvale, Ark., a greeting card and merchandising business.

The 2004 first prize winner, Laima Tazmin, founded LAVTweb, a Web development company.

The 2003 first prize winner, Kelly Drinkwater, founded the Splash store during her first year of middle school.

The 2002 first prize winner, Karalynn Forrest, founded a summer camp.