In October of 2000 the first Board Meeting for the Dorchester Chamber Foundation was held. The stated goal was to support the school systems of Dorchester County and support the education programs that would benefit the residents and businesses in the County. In 2003 The Dorchester Chamber Foundation, received 501(c)3 status allowing for donations to the Foundation to be tax deductible. The Scholarship was established to provide additional educational funding for family members of the Dorchester Chamber of Commerce Members that were going to pursue degrees in Business.
In 2016 the Board of Directors revised the guidelines for the scholarship to expand the targeted recipients to include anyone pursuing education in a certified program that is planning to return to Dorchester County to work once their studies are complete. Also in 2016 the Dorchester Chamber Foundation received grants from the George B Todd Fund, the Care & Share Fund of Dorchester County and Koski Enterprises Inc. to expand the number of scholarship offered.
2017 was the first year to award all four scholarships. In 2018 we offered the first McDonald's Scholarship.
The objective of the Foundation Scholarship Program is to further each recipient's education at a certified college, professional, technical, vocational or business school that will result in enhancing the recipient's ability to have a positive impact on the Dorchester County Business Community. The Award is $1,000 a year for up to four years of study.
Candidates to be considered will meet the following:
Scholarship awards may be spent at either in-state or out-of-state institutions. Awards will be paid directly to the institutions. Scholarship recipients must request the award annually by providing evidence to the Chamber of having maintained a 2.0 GPA or equivalent and still maintaining commitment to remain in Dorchester County. Scholarship payments will end after four years, or if the recipient discontinues the program at any time.
November - Application process opens
Second Week of February - Application Deadline
Last week of February - Finalist Named
March - Finalist Interviews with Selection Committee
Second Week in April - Scholars Announced