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Applications are now available for 2014 Edwardsville/Glen Carbon Chamber of Commerce scholarships, two for $1,000 and one for $1,500.

The chamber will award one $1,000 scholarship to a graduating senior from Edwardsville High School, Metro East Lutheran High School, Lahr-Well Academy, or a home-schooled student living in District 7. One $1,000 scholarship will also be awarded to a student currently attending either Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) or Lewis and Clark Community College. New in 2013 is one $1,500 scholarship awarded to a student entering his or her junior or senior year of study in the SIUE School of Business.
 
Scholarships are made possible through fund-raising each August at the SIUE Welcome Back Block Party, where the Ed/Glen Chamber serves as the exclusive beer provider. All proceeds from Block Party beer sales support the chamber's scholarship fund. In 2012 the Block Party was taken on by the Ed/Glen Chamber’s Young Professionals Group as their signature philanthropic effort.
 
“Excellent weather and large crowds the last few years led to increased sales. That continued success allowed us to introduce in 2013 an additional scholarship in the amount of $1,500, which is awarded to an SIUE School of Business upperclassman,” said President and CEO Desiree Bennyhoff.
 
The application is to be completed by any student wishing to be considered for one of the Edwardsville/Glen Carbon Chamber of Commerce scholarships. The scholarship committee will review all applications and make awards to students whose academic history and activities show the most promise.
 
Applicants will be assessed according to GPA/SAT/ACT scores or equivalent, activities, awards, community service, and an essay describing their educational plans and career objectives, and why applicants feel they should receive the scholarship.
 
Applications for 2014 Chamber of Commerce Scholarship are available at edglenchamber.com and must be postmarked by April 21. For more information, contact the Ed/Glen Chamber office at (618) 656-7600.