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Richard W. Mitchell Memorial Scholarship

Established by family to honor the memory of Richard W. Mitchell, former President and CEO of the then Poughkeepsie Area Chamber of Commerce, with support from the Hudson Valley Young Professionals, this scholarship is available to high school senior residents of Dutchess County who are faced with significant economic, physical, developmental or emotional barrier(s) while advancing their education. Participants of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce and Chamber Foundation workforce development and leadership programs are encouraged to apply. Student must attend an accredited New York State college, university or trade school.

Amount of Award(s):
$1,000- $2,000

Number of Awards:

Type of Award:
One-time scholarship payable to school

Conditions For Continuation:
Not Renewable

Current High School:
Any Dutchess County High School

Current Level of Education:
High School Senior

Eligibility Requirements:
- Dutchess County graduating senior 
- Demonstrate significant economic, physical, developmental or emotional barrier(s)
- Demonstrate financial need
- Enrolling at a college in NY state

Alternative Materials:
- Essay: Describe how you overcame or are coping with obstacles in your life (ex: personal, emotional, family, financial, educational, economic, physical, developmental, etc.) and your future aspirations.

Application Details:
With your completed Online Application you will also need to attach the following:

- Essay discussing your economic, physical, developmental or emotional barrier(s) and your future aspirations (typed, limit to one page or 500 words).
- Most recent high school transcript.
- Copy of your Student Aid Report (SAR) and Expected Family Contribution (EFC) information, which you will receive when you complete and submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
- Two current letters of recommendation from teachers/guidance counselor, clergy or persons other than family members who are familiar with your skills and abilities. These letters must have been written within the last six months.

Applications must be submitted online with all attachments by April 1.

Apply Online
$ Cover processing fees

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