As the Bloomingdale Chamber of Commerce prepares to offer annual scholarships, it is working to expand options this year beyond the traditional college pathway.
The Chamber has decided to allocate funds for the Trade School Scholarship for students enrolled in a trade school or certificate program such as cosmetology school, HVAC certification, or training in auto mechanics.
Applicants must be either a member or child of a member of the Bloomingdale Chamber of Commerce or a current resident of Bloomingdale. Multiple scholarships ranging from $500 to $1,500 are available to students who have graduated from high school or are currently enrolled in a post-secondary school who plan to continue their education.
Cindy Alston, President and CEO of the Chamber, said the organization has always welcomed career-oriented students to apply for a scholarship but rarely receives applications.
“By allocating funds and renaming the scholarship, we hope to attract students who are not heading into a four-year college but are looking for help to support their education in one of many professions,” Alston said.
College applicants must plan to continue their education on a full-time basis at an accredited post-secondary college, university, or two-year college in the United States to be eligible. They must be a high school graduate, freshman, sophomore, or junior with a 3.0 GPA to be eligible.
The scholarship must be used during the first semester of its award. The application deadline is March 22nd.