Scholarships

The Chamber Foundation, Inc. is proud to offer a variety of scholarships to local students and adults. Scholarships are available with support from the Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley. Applications are online and accessible by clicking the link below each scholarship.

Students will need to create a login. Once created, students can access his or her application at any time before submitting. With this login, students will also have access to all area scholarships being offered through the Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley.

Questions on Chamber Foundation scholarships? Please call 845-454-1700 ext 1026. All applications must be submitted by April 1, 2017.

ATHENA Adult Scholarship

The ATHENA Adult Scholarship was established by The Chamber and The Chamber Foundation to encourage increased leadership roles for women in our community. This scholarship is available to any female who works or volunteers in Dutchess County, has been out of high school for at least five years, and is pursuing education at an accredited New York State college, university or trade school, or through an accredited online educational program while maintaining residency in Dutchess County. Minimum scholarship awards are $1,500 and are nonrenewable unless otherwise stated.

Applications are open through April 1, 2017. Click here to apply.

Cosimo DiBrizzi Culinary Arts 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 (counties of Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam and Ulster) who is 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. Minimum scholarship awards are $1,500 and are nonrenewable unless otherwise stated.

Applications are open through April 1, 2017. Click here to apply.

Charles S. North Scholarship for Music and Art

Established by the Foundation and the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce to honor past Chamber President Charlie North and his love of music, and to encourage the pursuit of music and arts in education; this scholarship is available to any graduating high school senior who is a resident of Dutchess County and is majoring in music performance, music/art education or visual arts (ceramics, drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, design, crafts, photography, video, filmmaking and architecture) at an accredited college or university in the United States. Minimum scholarship awards are $1,500 and are nonrenewable unless otherwise stated.

Applications are open through April 1, 2017. Click here to apply.

Eileen Hickey Nursing Scholarship - Sponsored by The Pines at Poughkeepsie

Established by the family of Eileen Hickey and the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce to honor her memory, this scholarship is available to any resident of Dutchess County who is pursuing a career in nursing at a college in New York State. Minimum scholarship awards are $1,500 and are nonrenewable unless otherwise stated.

Applications are open through April 1, 2017. Click here to apply.

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. Candidates for this scholarship 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. Student must attend an accredited New York State college, university or trade school. This scholarship is open to any academic major. Minimum scholarship awards are $1,500 and are nonrenewable unless otherwise stated.

Applications are open through April 1, 2017. Click here to apply.

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. Minimum scholarship awards are $1,500 and are nonrenewable unless otherwise stated.

Applications are open through April 1, 2017. Click here to apply.

Steven and Linda Lant Family Scholarship for Business and Finance

Established by the Lant Family to support students in achieving his or her Bachelor’s Degree, this scholarship is available to any Dutchess County high school senior or Dutchess Community College student entering an accredited bachelor’s degree program pursuing a major in economics, business or finance 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, $2,500 scholarships will be awarded each year.

Applications are open through April 1, 2017. Click here to apply.

Richard W. Mitchell Memorial Workforce Development Scholarship - with support from the Hudson Valley Young Professionals

THE FOLLOWING SCHOLARSHIP IS OFFERED ONLY TO DUTCHESS COUNTY REGIONAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE MEMBERS AND DUTCHESS COUNTY REGIONAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT/CHAMBER FOUNDATION PROGRAMMING PARTICIPANTS.

Established by the family to honor the memory of Richard W. Mitchell, former President and CEO of the then Poughkeepsie Area Chamber of Commerce, 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. Student must attend an accredited New York State college, university or trade school. This scholarship is open to any academic major. Minimum scholarship awards are $1,500 and are nonrenewable unless otherwise stated.

Please click HERE to see if your employer is a member of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce. 

Applications are open through April 1, 2017. Click here to apply.