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Submit completed applications to the Charlevoix Chamber of Commerce
In person or by mail, 109 Mason St, Charlevoix MI 49720
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Purpose and Criteria:  
The Charlevoix Area Chamber of Commerce Scholarship is intended to provide financial support and assistance to an area high school senior that deserves assistance covering tuition expenses associated with higher education.

Number of Recipients:
Scholarship amounts and number of recipients will be determined based on total 2021 scholarship funding and number of qualified applicants; typical sponsorship reward ranges from $500-$1500.

Thank you to Boat Works of Charlevoix, The Clothing Company, Charlevoix Harbor Wear, and Grey Gables Restaurant for contributing to our students' futures through scholarship sponsorship!
*If your business is interested in partnering to sponsor the scholarship, please reach out to the Chamber office at 231-547-2101.

• Must be a graduating high school senior who is planning to attend an accredited vocational school, community college or university.
• Must be accepted to an accredited two or four year institution of higher learning (college or vocational school).
• Must have a 3.0 or better Grade Point Average (GPA)
• Must be either an employee of a business which is a member of the Charlevoix Area Chamber of Commerce or the child of an employee of a Chamber member business
• Immediate family members of the Chamber’s Selection Committee are ineligible to apply for the Chamber Scholarship.

Applications must include:
• Application Form
• Most recent transcript
• Copy of acceptance letter from college or vocational school
• A minimum of one written reference letter from any Chamber Member
* A minimum of one written reference letter from one of your High School teachers.
• A Personal Statement (maximum one (1) typed page) that includes a paragraph on each of the following topics.
1. Leadership:  How have you demonstrated strong leadership during your high school years and been a role model for your peers?
2. Perseverance:  Provide an example of a time in high school where you faced a challenge and explain how you approached the situation and the outcome.
3. Character:  What adjective best describes your personal character and why did you chose this word?
4. Aspirations and Goals:  Include your aspirations and goals in life and why you have chosen them, and how your education and talents could benefit the business environment of a community such as Charlevoix's.

Additional information:
• Financial need is not necessarily required for the scholarship, but may be taken into consideration by the scholarship committee.
• All students are encouraged to apply regardless of academic merit or financial need status; the scholarship committee will consider all eligible students and will base award decisions on the entire application, not just test scores, grade point average, financial circumstances, etc.
• The Board reserves the right to meet with a candidate when it is felt necessary or appropriate to complete the decision process.
Recipients will be announced in May, 2021.

THANK YOU TO OUR 2020 SCHOLARSHIP SPONSORS: Boat Works of Charlevoix, Hoffman McLane CPA Firm, Mark Snyder of Pat O'Brien & Associates, Grey Gables Restaurant & Catering, The Clothing Company, and the Charlevoix Area Chamber of  Commerce.

2020 Recipients:

Mr. Blaise Snabes ($1000)
Ms. Emma Wachler ($500)
Mr. Ben Lents ($500)
Ms. Anna Johnson ($500)
Mr. Jack Wicker ($500)

Past Winners

2019: Ms. Kaitlin Schwenke,
Ms. Katie Burley, Ms. Devin Sutton,
& Mr. Eric Smith

2018: Ms. Rachel Nesburg

2017: Ms. Abbigail Babbitt

2016: Ms. Kelsey Engstrom

2015: Ms. Kourtney Putman

2014: Ms. Jill Dipert

2013: Ms. Sydney Carlson

2012: Ms. Lauren Bartling,
Ms. Anne Dipert,
Ms. Kelly Greyerbiehl,
Mr. William Jeakle

2011: Ms. Katie Mays,
Ms. Lindsy Laway,
Mr. Thomas Rich

2010: Mr. Beau Boss

2009: Ms. Meredith Rich