The Chamber's Scholarship Program
In late 2014, Park Hills - Leadington Chamber Board Members began brainstorming a program designed to promote local education, encourage continued education, instill the importance of "community" in local youth, and most importantly, to give some graduating Central High School Students a small token of our appreciation in exchange for their local devotion.
The Park Hills - Leadington Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Program provides one graduating Central High School student with a $2,000 scholarship for use at one of the three local community colleges - Mineral Area College, Central Methodist University, or Missouri Baptist University.
The scholarship is awarded to one student annually and is renewable up to two years/four semesters and may be used for tuition, books, and other college-related expenses. The scholarship amount is a minimum of $500 per semester, with a maximum payout of $2,000.
One of the recipient requirements for the scholarship outlines the importance of being an active member of the community. With this in mind, we insist that scholarship recipients attend and/or volunteer at one Chamber of Commerce Investor Meeting, and one Chamber Sponsored Event during the time in which the scholarship funding is being provided. Recommendations for volunteering at events such as the Annual Firecracker Run or Sweetheart Trivia Night are highly encouraged since these events ultimately help to fund the scholarship program.
To qualify as a potential candidate for the Chamber Scholarship, the following guidelines must be met:
- Applicant must have high school GPA of 3.5 or higher
- Applicant must complete the FASFA and provide information from that form to the scholarship selection committee
- Applicant must submit an official application along with a 300-500 word essay explaining their education and career goals, and how they plan to be active in the betterment of the community
- Applicant will be asked to provide a copy of their ACT Score if available
- Some applicants will be chosen by the scholarship selection committee for a live interview
- Applicant must agree to participate in at least two of the following three Chamber functions: Volunteering at the Annual Firecracker Run, Volunteering at the Annual Sweetheart Trivia Night, and/or Attending a Monthly Chamber Investor Meeting
- Scholarship recipient must maintain a 3.0 GPA during each semester in order to qualify for scholarship renewal
- Scholarship recipient will be responsible for applying for scholarship renewal by submitting a copy of their semester grades to the scholarship selection committee
To apply for the Chamber Scholarship, download the official application here: Chamber Scholarship Application and return it to your Central High School Counselor.
Aside from Chamber Events, local donors help to fund this valuable program. A list of program supporters can be found to the left of the page. It is our hope to expand this program -- awarding two, three, possibly one day, four scholarships per year. Your donation can help make that possible! Have your name added to the list on the left! Make a contribution to the Chamber's Scholarship Fund today!!
2017 Academic Scholarship Recipient
The Park Hills - Leadington Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors is excited to announce that the third recipient of the Chamber Scholarship is, 2017 Central High School Graduate, Brandon Norfolk! Norfolk was awarded the scholarship at the Central High School Academic Banquet on April 27, 2017.
Norfolk, son of Kristy Thomas of Park Hills, will receive $500 per semester, for up to four consecutive semesters, towards his enrollment at Mineral Area College. The scholarship will help with the costs of general studies classes leading to a degree in Wildlife Management.
Norfolk has been actively working toward his career goals throughout high school by taking many dual credit classes such as Elementary Spanish 1 & 2, English Comp 1 & 2, and General Biology, along with maintaining a 3.5 GPA. He has also worked extremely hard to earn the highest rank in The Boy Scouts of America Organization, Eagle Scout.
Norfolk is still determining his exact career path but is sure his degree will be focused on wildlife and nature. His love for wildlife and being outdoors has helped him aspire to be a Fish & Game Warden since the age of 10, however, he also has an interest in teaching biology. His experience in The Boy Scouts of America program will be very beneficial in helping him to achieve his career goals. Norfolk tells us that his family has been active in The Boy Scouts of America Organization for over 50 years, with his grandparents serving as troop leaders for 30 years prior to retiring. In following family traditions, Norfolk is not only an active member of The Boy Scouts of America, but also currently serves as an Order of the Arrow member, and is a four-year member of the Ozark Trailblazers Ceremonial Team.
After college, Brandon plans to stay active with The Boy Scouts of America by serving as a leader; teaching young scouts the values and morals of the organization, and he hopes to inspire other young scouts to earn their Eagle Scout rank. He also plans to donate time to local charities. Norfolk says that participating in the “Scouting For Food” program for more than 13 years has taught him a love for helping others, and he intends to continue this tradition for years to come.
Aside from his dedication to The Boy Scouts of America, Norfolk is a member of the Central High School Band; he loves music; plays the trumpet and guitar; works at Park Hills River Mart; and volunteers at the Veterinary Clinic of the Mineral Area.
As a recipient of the Park Hills – Leadington Chamber of Commerce Scholarship, Norfolk will receive his first $500 installment of funds to assist with either summer or fall classes at Mineral Area College during 2017. Three more $500 installments will be available to Norfolk; one for each consecutive semester he attends Mineral Area College, Central Methodist University, or Missouri Baptist University. He will receive a total of $2,000 in financial aid toward his continuing education studies. After finishing his general studies at Mineral Area College, Norfolk plans to continue his education at Southeast Missouri State University in hopes of earning his bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Management.
Finally, one of the recipient requirements of the scholarship outlines the importance of being an active member of the community in which you live, by insisting that the scholarship recipient attend and/or volunteer at one Chamber of Commerce Investor Meeting and one Chamber Sponsored Event such as the Annual Firecracker Run or Sweetheart Trivia Night. We look forward to having Brandon join us at an investor meeting and help at one of our Chamber sponsored events. This will be a great opportunity for Chamber Investors and local members of the community to congratulate him on an outstanding high school academic record and continuing education plan!
2016 Academic Scholarship Recipient
The Park Hills - Leadington Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors is excited to announce that the second recipient of the Chamber Scholarship is, 2016 Central High School Graduate, Taylor Jones!
Jones, daughter of Timothy & Julie Jones of Park Hills, will receive $500 per semester, for up to four consecutive semesters, to assist with the costs of earning her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education at Mineral Area College.
Jones has been actively working toward her career goals throughout high school by taking many dual credit classes, maintaining a 3.9 GPA, and carrying the rank of 4th in her class. She has also been involved in her church youth group, participated in WEB, an afterschool bible club for kids, and has experience working with toddlers through babysitting and childcare.
Jones believes that God called her to be an early childhood education major at a very young age. She reminisces pretending to be a teacher to her dolls and even her friends. “Working with children and seeing them learn brings a smile to my face and happiness to my heart,” says Jones. It is her dream to impact the lives of children, in hopes that they will look back and remember that even though they were young, she not only educated them, but cared for them, and taught them that they can accomplish anything they set their minds to. Jones hopes to contribute to the local community by helping to build the young minds of the next generation, giving them the skills to succeed and to help our community growing.
As a recipient of the Park Hills – Leadington Chamber of Commerce Scholarship, Jones will receive her first $500 installment of funds to assist with the fall classes at Mineral Area College. Three more $500 installments will be available to Jones; one for each consecutive semester she attends Mineral Area College, Central Methodist University, or Missouri Baptist University. She will receive a total of $2,000 in financial aid toward her degree. After receiving her associate’s degree, Jones plans to continue her education at a four-year college in hopes of earning her bachelor’s and master's degrees.