Dutchess County Chamber Foundation Scholarship Announcement


The Chamber Foundation, Inc.—the nonprofit fundraising arm of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce—is now accepting applications for a broad array of scholarships for the 2016 academic year as part of its ongoing mission to aid local students seeking to further their education. 

In 2015, The Chamber Foundation awarded more than $55,000 in scholarships. To apply for any of the ten scholarships available this year or for more information, candidates should visit chamberfdn.org/scholarships-1. All applications must be submitted online via the scholarship portal hosted by The Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley.  Applicants should create a login ID and password and will then be able to access his or her application at any time. Applications will be accepted through April 1, 2016.

The ATHENA Scholarship was established by the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce to encourage increased leadership roles for women in the community. The scholarship is available to any female high school senior who is a resident of Dutchess County and is pursuing education at an accredited college or university in New York State or plans to attend a trade school or accredited online education program in the fall of 2016.

To honor past-President Charlie North and his love of music as well as to encourage the pursuit of music and arts in education, The Chamber and The Foundation established the Charles S. North Scholarship for Music and Art. This scholarship is open 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—including ceramics, drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, design, crafts, photography, video, filmmaking or architecture—at an accredited college or university in the United States.

The family of Audrey Morgenstern and The Chamber established the Communications Scholarship to honor Morgenstern’s memory. This scholarship is for any resident of Dutchess County who is pursuing a major in communications arts including: journalism, media studies, marketing, or public relations at an accredited college or university in New York State.

Established by the family of Cosimo DiBrizzi and The Chamber to honor his memory, The Cosimo DiBrizzi Culinary Arts Scholarship is available to any resident of the Mid-Hudson Valley who is pursuing an education at the Culinary Institute of America. The student must be accepted at the CIA and is planning to enroll within the next six months. If currently enrolled, the student must have residence in the Hudson Valley for at least five years.

The family of Eileen Hickey and The Chamber established the Eileen Hickey Nursing Scholarship to honor Hickey’s memory. This scholarship is available to any resident of the Mid-Hudson Valley who is pursuing an education in nursing at a college in New York State. The Mid-Hudson Valley is defined as Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam and Ulster counties. The Pines at Poughkeepsie generously sponsors this scholarship.

The Juan Lafuente Memorial Engineering and Computer Science Scholarship was established to honor the memory of the husband of former-City of Poughkeepsie mayor, Collette Lafuente. Any resident of Dutchess County pursuing an education in engineering or computer science is eligible to apply.

The Manufacturing and Trade Scholarship is designed to give Dutchess County residents age 17 and older, who possess or are working toward a High School or High School Equivalency diploma, the opportunity to continue and/or complete his or her educational needs in a manufacturing or trade profession. Monies are given directly to the institution and 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 Norman and Rita Nussbickel Memorial 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 following his passing. The scholarship also honors his wife, Rita, who passed in 2006. The 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 while in high school.

Established by the family of Richard W. Mitchell and The Chamber to honor his memory, the Richard W. Mitchell Memorial 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. This scholarship is available through the support of the Hudson Valley Young Professionals.

Established by the Lant family to support the achievement of a Bachelor’s Degree, The Steven and Linda Lant Family Scholarship for Business and Finance 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.


The Chamber Foundation, Inc., was established in 2002 to promote education and training programs for local youth and professionals with the goal of enhancing the Hudson Valley region’s future of economic growth. Its mission is to provide educational opportunities for youth and the workforce, to build and strengthen personal and business capacity, develop leadership skills and foster a commitment to community service. For more information, visit ChamberFDN.org

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