Foundation Scholarship

DORCHESTER CHAMBER FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP 


 

Scholarship History

In October of 2000 the first Board Meeting for the Dorchester Chamber Foundation was held.  The stated goal was to support the school systems of Dorchester County and support the education programs that would benefit the residents and businesses in the County. In 2003 The Dorchester Chamber Foundation, received 501(c)3 status allowing for donations to the Foundation to be tax deductible.  The Scholarship was established to provide additional educational funding for family members of the Dorchester Chamber of Commerce Members that were going to pursue degrees in Business. 


In 2016 the Board of Directors revised the guidelines for the scholarship to expand the targeted recipients to include anyone pursuing education in a certified program that is planning to return to Dorchester County to work once their studies are complete.  Also in 2016 the Dorchester Chamber Foundation received grants from the George B Todd Fund, the Care & Share Fund of Dorchester County and Koski Enterprises Inc. to expand the number of scholarship offered.  

2017 was the first year to award all four scholarships.

Scholarship Qualifications

The objective of the Jason T. Wise Scholarship is to further each recipient's education at a certified college, professional, technical, vocational or business school that will result in enhancing the recipient's ability to have a positive impact on the Dorchester County Business Community.  The Award is $1,000 a year for up to four years of study.

Candidates to be considered will meet the following:

  • The applicant is a Member of the Dorchester Chamber of Commerce or an employee of a Member of the Dorchester Chamber of Commerce – or – A parent or a grandparent is a Member of the Dorchester Chamber of Commerce or an employee of a Member of the Dorchester Chamber of Commerce.  The Chamber Member must be a full member and in good standing for at least a year prior to the candidate applying for the scholarship
  • Applicant is Dorchester County resident that plans to stay in, or return to, Dorchester County once their studies are complete.
  • Applicant will be 16 - 21 years of age.
  • Applicant may already be enrolled in the program at time of application.
  • Applicant will consistently have demonstrated the following qualities in school, in the community, or on the job: Student should possess a good attitude, excellent attendance record, enthusiasm, reliability, punctuality, community involvement, a good work ethic, and a successful academic record.
Scholarship awards may be spent at either in-state or out-of-state institutions. Awards will be paid directly to the institutions. Scholarship recipients must request the award annually by providing evidence to the Chamber of having maintained a 2.0 GPA or equivalent and still maintaining commitment to remain in Dorchester County. Scholarship payments will end after four years, or if the recipient discontinues the program at any time.


Scholarship Timeline


November - Application process opens
Second Week of February - Application Deadline
Last week of February - Finalist Named
March - Finalist Interviews with Selection Committee
Second Week in April - Scholars Announced

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Below are the 2017 Scholars from Cambridge South Dorchester High School and North Dorchester High School



Photo above is from the 2017 Cambridge/South Dorchester High School Awards Night. From left to right: Denny Jones, Bill Christopher, Scholarship Recipient Trevor Goodwin, Bill Wise, Scholarship Recipient Ian Powley, Dave Cannon, Gerry Boyle (President of the Chamber Foundation), and Eddie James.  Scholarship Recipient Kobi Ruark was unable to attend the awards presentation.  The two 2016 CSD Graduates already enrolled in college that were recipients, Paige Bleyer and Emily Jackson, will be recognized along with all the 2017 winners at Celebrate Dorchester. 



Photo above is from the 2017 North Dorchester High School Awards Night.  Scholarship Recipients seated from left to right are: Beth Thomas, Kayla Collins, Oliva Davidson and Jerome Thomas. Members of the Chamber Foundation standing from left to right are: Eddie James, Gerry Boyle (President of the Chamber Foundation), Bill Christopher, and Dave Cannon.




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