BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (05/08/2020) - The Bloomington Chamber recently announced the 2020 Bloomington Future Leaders scholarship winners. The Chamber has given $41,000 to local high school students since 2014.
This year’s recipients are Katie Brandwick, Jefferson High School; Chase Brown, Jefferson High School; Katarina Campbell, Kennedy High School; Sophia Haddad, Jefferson High School; Mula Nambwaya, Kennedy High School; Ashley Wong, Jefferson High School.
“Community and business engagement shine from the resumes and essays submitted by these students, in addition to academic excellence. Their desire to develop socially aware programs to enhance life here in Bloomington, frankly impressed the committee,” said Bloomington Chamber President, Brent Pavia. “Our chamber members expect a return on investment from their fundraising dollars in the form of change to our business community. These scholarships go to students who will one day make those changes, and it’s our BFL committee’s goal to grow the amount raised for similar students to earn in the future.”
The Bloomington Future Leaders (BFL) program, a joint effort between the Chamber and Bloomington ISD 271, provides opportunities for chamber members and students at Jefferson and Kennedy High Schools. The program builds relationships through networking and events, while also allowing the students to gain unique insight into different aspects of the businesses in Bloomington and the South Metro.
The Chamber uses the program to recognize the importance and value of young leaders in the Bloomington community by offering multiple scholarships. The scholarships, this year totaling $4,750, are awarded to graduating seniors from Jefferson High School and Kennedy High School who exemplify the characteristics of a Bloomington Future Leader. The scholarship winners challenge themselves academically, take part in business or marketing education courses, and show passionate involvement in their school and community.
Any student participating in business or marketing courses at either high school are considered part of the BFL program. However, to receive a scholarship, students must fill out an application and meet certain criteria including participation in a minimum of one Bloomington Future Leaders Business Conference, participation in community service projects through BFL, the Bloomington Chamber or independently, and provide verification of acceptance of admission at a post-secondary institution.