The Chamber Foundation awarded scholarships at June Contact Breakfast 

Over a dozen future leaders of our community were recognized during the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce’s June Contact Breakfast on Wednesday, June 21 from 7:30-9 a.m. at the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel and Conference Center.

15 local students, both high school seniors and young adults, took center stage as The Chamber Foundation, the nonprofit educational organization of the Chamber, proudly presents almost $40,000 in scholarships to those looking to further their education in the Hudson Valley and beyond.

Chamber Foundation scholarships range from very broad to very specific in scope, some offered to students across disciplines, while others are precisely targeted for those pursuing a career in music, culinary arts, finance, and more. For complete information about The Foundation and their annual scholarship offerings, visit

Rhinebeck Bank sponsored this special breakfast. A full-service, locally focused bank headquartered in Poughkeepsie, Rhinebeck Bank offers a full range of personal checking, savings and money market options as well as business and loan needs. For more information, visit

Congratulations to the Recipients


Athena Adult Scholarship - Renae Minckler 


Charles S. North Scholarship for Music and Art - Charlotte Howard

 Eileen Hickey Nursing Scholarship (with support from The Pines of Poughkeepsie) - Kristen Philips

Juan Lafuente Leadership Scholarship - Joseph Colaizzo, Richard Kish

Richard C. Mitchell Workforce Scholarship (supported by the Hudson Valley Young Professionals) - Emma-Zhi Collen, Carisma Collins, Shanoya Russell, Taylorann Torre

Steven & Linda Lant Family Scholarship for Business & Finance - Dana Bateman, Emma-Zhi Collen, Christopher 'Max' Glazowski, Sabine Smith

Norman & Rita Nussbickel Memorial Scholarship - Abigail Carlin, Sydney Dexter, Rima Patel, Kristen Seward