Scholarships

One of the educational missions of The Chamber Foundation, Inc. is to provide scholarships for students attending local area schools.

Thank you for your interest in our scholarship programs. See below for our wide range of offerings. All scholarships are due on Friday, March 14 with exception to the Steven and Linda Lant Family Scholarship, which is due on Tuesday, April 1.



ATHENA Scholarship

Established by the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce to encourage increased leadership roles for women in our community, this scholarship is available to any female high school senior who is a resident of Dutchess County, and who is pursuing their education at an accredited Mid-Hudson Valley College, University or trade school or through an accredited online educational program in the Fall. (Mid-Hudson is defined as Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange Putnam and Ulster counties.) Several $1,000 scholarships may be awarded.

The 2014 application deadline has passed.

James T. Hammond Athletic Leadership Scholarship

Established by the Hudson Valley Region Empire State Games organizing committee and Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce to honor the leadership that Jim Hammond demonstrated in bringing the Empire State Games to the Valley in 2005, this scholarship is available to a graduating high school senior residing in Dutchess, Orange, or Ulster counties in the Hudson Valley who is pursuing a degree at a college located in New York State. The scholarship amount is $2,000 per year and is renewable for up to an additional three years.

The 2014 application deadline has passed.

Eileen Hickey Nursing Scholarship

Established by the family of Eileen Hickey and Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce to honor her memory, this scholarship is available to any resident of the Mid-Hudson Valley who is pursuing a career in nursing at Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, New York. Several $1,000 scholarships may be awarded.

The 2014 application deadline has passed.

Juan Lafuente Memorial Scholarship

Established by the family of Juan Lafuente and the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce to honor his memory, this scholarship is available to any resident of Dutchess County who is pursuing a career in an engineering or technological field. Several $1,000 scholarships will be awarded.

The 2014 application deadline has passed.

Hudson Valley Young Professionals Scholarship

Established by the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce Hudson Valley Young Professionals committee, this scholarship is available to any Mid-Hudson Valley resident attending a college/university in the Hudson Valley who shows proven leadership in the community and dedication to community service. One $1,000 scholarship will be awarded.

The 2014 application deadline has passed.

Manufacturing and Trade Scholarship

Established by the Manufacturing and Trade Committee of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce, this scholarship is designed to give Hudson Valley residents, age 17 or older, who possess or are working towards a High School or General Equivalency Diploma, the opportunity to continue and/or complete their educational needs in manufacturing or trade profession. Scholarship monies will be given directly to the educational institution. The scholarship maximum is $2,000.00 per student. Funds may be used for tuition, materials or textbooks, as necessary components to a Manufacturing or Trade course. Materials may include industry specific electronics (not including personal computers), measuring tools, calculators and other educational devices.

The 2014 application deadline has passed.

Richard W. Mitchell Memorial Scholarship

Established by the family of Richard W. Mitchell and the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce to honor his memory, this scholarship is available to any resident of Dutchess County who is faced with significant economic, physical, developmental or emotional barrier(s) while advancing his or her education. Several $1,000 scholarships will be awarded.

The 2014 application deadline has passed.

Steven and Linda Lant Family Scholarship

This fund has been established by the Lant Family to support students in achieving his or her Bachelors Degree.  This scholarship is available to any Dutchess County high school senior or Dutchess Community College student entering an accredited bachelors degree program with a major in Finance, Accounting or Economics at a New York State college.  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 is considered.  Up to four scholarships ($2,500 minimum) will be awarded each year.

The 2014 application deadline has passed.

Audrey Morgenstern Memorial Scholarship

Established by the family of Audrey Morgenstern and the Dutchess Regional Chamber of Commerce to honor her memory, this scholarship is available to any resident of Dutchess County who is pursuing a career in journalism or communications at Marist College. One $1,000 scholarship will be awarded.

The 2014 application deadline has passed.

Charles S. North Scholarship for Music

Established by the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce to encourage the pursuit of music in education, this scholarship is available to any high school senior who is a resident of Dutchess County, and is pursuing a degree in music at an accredited college or university in the United States. One $1,000 scholarship will be awarded.

The 2014 application deadline has passed.

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 John Jay, Roy C. Ketcham, Beacon or Arlington High Schools who have demonstrated strong academic, athletic and community service in high school. Four (4) $2,000 scholarships will be awarded.

The 2014 application deadline has passed.

Cosimo DiBrizzi Memorial 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 who is pursuing a career at the Culinary Institute of America. Student must be accepted (or currently enrolled) at the CIA and planning to enroll within the next six months.  If currently enrolled, student must have residency in the Hudson Valley for at least five years.  Several scholarships will be awarded with awards ranging from $1,000 to $2,000. 

The 2014 application deadline has passed.


ATHENA Adult Scholarship

Established by the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce to encourage increased leadership roles for women in our community, this scholarship is available to any female who lives, works or volunteers in Dutchess County, has been out of high school for at least 5 years, and is pursuing education at an accredited Mid-Hudson Valley College, University or trade school or through an accredited online educational program while maintaining residency in Dutchess County.  (Mid-Hudson is defined as Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange and Ulster counties.)  The minimum scholarship award is $1,000.  The scholarship is a one-time award, and is not renewable.

Applications For the 2013 ATHENA Adult Scholarship Are Closed.