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  • 2023 Undergraduate Scholarship Program

  • How to submit an application

    1. We strongly encourage preparing information needed in advance - you will not be able to save your progress while completing the application. Click HERE to view a PDF document of the application form. 

    2. Click HERE to fill out Application. Make sure to attach supporting documentation (essay, letters of recommendation, etc.). Click "Submit."

    After submission, you will receive acknowledgement of receipt within 2 business days.

    DEADLINE FOR NOMINATIONS IS APRIL 15, 2023

    Due to the high volume of submissions, timeout issues are possible after being on this page for more than 5 minutes.

  • Since 2001, The Chamber Foundation is proud to have awarded over a half-million dollars in scholarship funds to local students.

    Scholarship applications are now open and are due April 15. Applications are electronic; please follow the above instructions.

    Students may apply for multiple scholarships within the application process.

    Questions on Chamber Foundation scholarships? Please contact Laura at laura@chamberfdn.org or (845) 454-1700 ext. 1025. 

    Please know that scholarship support is provided by donors as well as fundraising efforts put forth by The Chamber Foundation. We truly appreciate those that were able to make this program possible for this year.

    Scholarships available to undergraduates:

    ‚ÄčCosimo DiBrizzi Culinary Arts Scholarship

    Established by the family of Cosimo DiBrizzi and the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce to honor his memory.

    • Must be a resident of the Mid-Hudson Valley (counties of Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam and Ulster).
    • Pursuing a career at the Culinary Institute of America.
    • Student must be accepted (or currently enrolled) at the CIA and planning to attend within the next six months.
    • If currently enrolled, student must have residency in the Hudson Valley for at least five years.

    Eileen Hickey Nursing Scholarship

    Established by the family of Eileen Hickey and the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce to honor her memory.

    • Must be a resident of Dutchess County.
    • Pursuing a career in nursing at a college in New York State.

    Juan Lafuente Leadership Scholarship

    Established by the Lafuente family and the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce, this scholarship memorializes Juan, who lost his life during the attacks on September 11.

    • Must be a resident of Dutchess County.
    • Awards are based on student’s demonstration of: academic achievement-especially in the areas of math and science; leadership contributions to school and community; and character.
    • Students must be planning to attend or are currently enrolled in an accredited New York State college, university, or trade school.  This scholarship is open to any academic major.

    Norman and Rita Nussbickel Memorial Scholarship

    This scholarship was established in 1987 by the Nussbickel family and the Greater Southern Dutchess Chamber of Commerce’s Chamber Foundation in memory of Norman F. Nussbickel. The scholarship also honors Norman’s wife, Rita, who passed away in 2006.

    • Graduating senior from Arlington, Beacon, John Jay, or Roy C. Ketcham High Schools.
    • Demonstrated strong academic, athletic, and community service in high school.

    Richard W. Mitchell Memorial Scholarship

    Established by the family to honor the memory of Richard W. Mitchell, former President and CEO of the then Poughkeepsie Area Chamber of Commerce, with support from the Hudson Valley Young Professionals.

    • Resident of Dutchess County.
    • All college bound or currently enrolled college students are encouraged to apply, regardless of what year you are in.
    • Student must be planning to attend or currently enrolled in local Hudson Valley college/ or trade institution.
    • Faced with significant economic, physical, developmental or emotional barrier(s) while advancing their education.
    • This scholarship is open to any academic major.
    • Participants of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce Workforce Development Center and Chamber Foundation leadership programming are encouraged to apply.
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