In 2014, the York Region Chamber of Commerce was able to give out its first annual scholarship. The scholarship is awarded each year to a student following an essay competition and interview session; the amount is $1000. The purpose of the scholarship program is twofold: to support local students to meet the financial obligations of a wide variety of post high school education opportunities and to develop skilled individuals to fill jobs in Maine.
Students are eligible to apply if they are residents of York, Kittery, Eliot or South Berwick who have or will graduate in the current year of the scholarship. Students must graduate from York High School, Traip Academy, Marshwood High School, Berwick Academy or accredited home school studies and they must be accepted into a post high school program of study.
The Review Committee is comprised of Russ Peterson from RA Peterson, Holly Roberts (Chamber Executive Director) and three members of the Chamber’s Board of Directors. The committee reviews the essays and selects five finalists for interviews, then the committee selects a scholarship recipient following those interviews.
To apply, students can contact their high school guidance counselor or the Chamber of Commerce. Inquiries and completed essays should be sent to Holly Roberts at email@example.com or mailed to the York Region Chamber of Commerce at 1 Stonewall Lane, York, ME 03909.