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DC Chamber Foundation Scholarship Winners and Founder’s Award Announced

DSC_0118The Douglas County Chamber announced the recipients of the annual Chamber Foundation Leadership Scholarships and 2017 Founders Award at the GreyStone Power Luncheon on May 16th.  The Chamber Foundation coordinates community education and leadership programs including Leadership Douglas, Youth Leadership Douglas and the annual Chamber Leadership Scholarship.

The Chamber Foundation Leadership Scholarship is funded by the DC Chamber’s Young Professionals Connection.  Each year, scholarships are awarded to high-achieving, local high school students who excel academically and have demonstrated leadership in their school and community.  This year the quality of applicants were truly inspiring and highly competitive with more than 30 applicants for only three scholarships.

The recipient of the $1,000 Chamber Foundation Leadership Scholarship was Eleanor Rager, a graduating senior from Alexander High School. Eleanor was a 2015 Youth Leadership Douglas graduate. She was actively involved in school organizations including National Honor Society, Future Farmers of America Club, the Leadership Council, and the Choral Department. She was a Top Five recipient of the 2017 Military Child of the Year National Guard, was in the Top 10% of her class, and received the Advanced AP Capstone Certificate Award.  In the fall, Eleanor will attend the University of Georgia and major in Horticulture.

The runner up and recipient of a $500 Chamber Foundation Leadership Scholarship was Jalen Brown, a graduating senior from Douglas County High School, who will attend Georgia Tech and major in International Affairs and Modern Language. The Chamber also awarded the Chamber Board Scholarship for $500 to Riddhi Patel from Arlington Christian School and will attend Mercer University in the fall and major in Biology.

The Leadership Douglas Program involved alumni in nominating and selecting the Leadership Douglas Founder’s Award Recipient this year.  Leadership Douglas is a program of the Douglas County Chamber Foundation.  The Founder’s Award is awarded to a Leadership Douglas Alumni who has demonstrated the guiding principles of the organization through giving back to the community in a leadership capacity.DSC_0091

Frank Smith is the recipient of the 2017 Leadership Douglas Founder’s Award. Frank has been incredibly supportive of the Leadership Douglas Program as an active alumni for the last five years and serves as an important part of our Health and Recreation Day program. He has opened two very successful organizations in Douglas County, The Pantry and The Care Place, which focus on providing food and medical care to those who cannot afford it. He was a Leadership Douglas graduate in 2011.

For more information on the Chamber Leadership Scholarship or Leadership Douglas Program, visit the Chamber website at

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