• Scholarships

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

    Scholarship applications open after January 1, and are due April 1. Applications are electronic; please follow the below instructions. Special thank you to The Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley for their support and online application tools to make our scholarship process possible.

    Students will need to create a login HERE. Once created, students can access their application at any time before submitting. With this login, students will also have access to all area scholarships being offered through The Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley.

    When students log in, they will complete a simple eligibility quiz, which will recommend scholarships. Students applying for multiple scholarships have the ability to copy answers from one application to the next. Additionally, those providing transcripts and recommendations will have access to a dashboard where they can view all student requests and actions taken in one location. This streamlined process will make things easier for both students and guidance counselors.

    Use The Community Foundation’s online Scholarship Search Tool or download and print the full Scholarship Directory or Eligibility Worksheet to determine which awards to apply to, and any additional attachments (essays, specific letters of recommendation) you will need.

    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. With fundraising events being limited due to the pandemic, scholarships will be even more competitive this year due to funding limitations. We truly appreciate those that were able to make this program possible for this year.

    ATHENA Adult Scholarship

    The ATHENA Adult Scholarship was established by The Chamber and The Chamber Foundation to encourage increased career opportunities for women in our community. This scholarship is available to any female Dutchess County resident, who works or volunteers in Dutchess County, has graduated high school or its equivalent, or graduated college, and been out of school for at least five years, and is pursuing education at an accredited New York State college, university or trade school or through an accredited online educational program.

    Charles S. North Scholarship for Music and Art

    Established by the Foundation and the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce to honor past Chamber President Charlie North and his love of music, and to encourage the pursuit of music and arts in education, this scholarship is available to any graduating high school senior who is a resident of Dutchess County and is majoring in music performance, music/art education or visual arts (ceramics, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, design, crafts, photography, video, filmmaking and architecture) at an accredited college or university in the United States.

    Cosimo DiBrizzi Culinary Arts Scholarship

    Established by the family of Cosimo DiBrizzi and the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce to honor his memory, this scholarship is available to any resident of the Mid-Hudson Valley (counties of Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam and Ulster) who is 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, this scholarship is available to any resident of Dutchess County who is 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. Candidates for this scholarship must be residents 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 attend an accredited New York State college, university, or trade school.  This scholarship is open to any academic major.

    Linda and Steven Lant Scholarship

    Established by the Lant Family to support students in achieving their Bachelor’s degree, this scholarship is available to Dutchess County high school seniors or undergraduates at a college in New York State who attended high school in Dutchess County, pursuing a degree in any academic major. Students must attend a college in New York State. The Lant Family has established this scholarship to support students with the motivation, work ethic, and academic skills necessary to succeed at college and in the work force. Financial need must be demonstrated along with academic performance, and extra-curricular activities. Special consideration will be given to candidates who hold employment while going to school.

    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. This scholarship is for graduating seniors from Arlington, Beacon, John Jay, or Roy C. Ketcham High Schools who have demonstrated strong academic, athletic, and community service in high school.

    The Pines at Poughkeepsie Nursing Scholarship

    The Pines at Poughkeepsie Nursing Scholarship was created to encourage the pursuit of nursing and dedication to The Pines at Poughkeepsie Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation’s principles of kindness, compassion, service, and excellence in serving those in need. This scholarship is available to any resident of Dutchess County who is pursuing a career in nursing at a college in New York State.

    Richard W. Mitchell Memorial Scholarship

    With support from the Hudson Valley Young Professionals

    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, this scholarship is available to high school senior residents of Dutchess County who are faced with significant economic, physical, developmental or emotional barrier(s) while advancing their education. Student must attend an accredited New York State college, university or trade school.  Participants of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce and Chamber Foundation workforce development and leadership programming are encouraged to apply.

     

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