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  • Scholarships

  • Charles S. North Leadership Advancement Scholarship

    Applications for this scholarship are now closed; please check back in spring 2024.

    In recognition of the outstanding leadership of Dutchess County Regional Chamber Commerce Past President and CEO Charles S. North a scholarship was established in 2014 upon his retirement.  Awarded to any individual living or working in Dutchess County, the Charles S. North Leadership Advancement Scholarship signifies Mr. North’s commitment to inspiring and mentoring leaders across the region.  

    To apply, first fill out one of the following program applications: 

     

    Youth Leadership Program - Click Here

    Leadership Dutchess Program - Click Here 

    Executive Leadership Program - Click Here 

     

    *And check the box for “Charles S. North Leadership Advancement Scholarship”. 

     

    To qualify you must meet the following criteria: 

    • Live or work in Dutchess County or for a member of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce.

    • Attach a 500 word essay expressing how the program will help you advance your professional career. Incorporate your sentiments on what defines a great leader. In your essay, articulate in 100 additional words the financial need for the scholarship. 

    • Applicant’s school or employer must be a member of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce. 

    • You must establish a financial need and desire to participate in the program.  

     

    Full and or partial scholarships will be awarded.


     

  • Scholarships available to undergraduates:

    2023 recipients were selected as of June. Please check back for the 2024 timeline.

    ‚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 of study 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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