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The Douglas County Chamber Foundation presents the Chamber Leadership Scholarships annually to two High School Seniors from the Douglas County School System who has demonstrated their leadership in the community. The scholarship is funded by the DC Chamber’s Young Professionals Connection each year. The first place scholarship is $1,000.00 and the second place scholarship is $500.00. The applicants must have a cumulative 3.5 grade point average or higher, plan to attend an institution of higher learning, have demonstrated leadership experience through school, community activity or work experience, and write a one-page essay on a leader he/she admires and the leadership qualities they exemplify.
The winning student(s) will be selected by the Scholarship Committee of the Douglas County Chamber Foundation. Applications must be submitted by the student to the Chamber. The winning student will be awarded the scholarship at his/her Honor’s Day/Night.
For more information on the Chamber Foundation Leadership Scholarship, please contact the Director of Communications and Community Affairs at 770-942-5022.
Dear Douglas County Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Committee:
I hope the Christmas season finds all of you well and joyfully immersed into the full holiday spirit. This year is especially meaningful to me as I return home after my first semester at Auburn University. As a Douglas County Chamber of Commerce Scholarship recipient I want to again express my gratitude to you and update you on the last few months.
It was easy to fall right in love with college life and Auburn University. My dorm is in the heart of campus just steps from my classes with views overlooking Jordan-Hare Stadium and the Auburn Arena. The campus is beautiful, lively, and warm with many enticing venues to attend daily. I have made innumerable new friends, including classmates, volleyball teammates, roommates, and those who love Auburn football! I attended my first Auburn football game as a college student donning body paint of orange and blue tiger stripes…this also coincided with my first national television debut. My parents must be so proud!
The fall semester provided opportunities for me to continue my desire to improve the world around me. I participated in two Feed the Hungry drives and a Support the Troops campaign, am attending the campus Church and continue to seek other ways to make a meaningful impact as a student.
After completing the NCAA compliance requirements for volleyball, I began workouts with the Auburn coaches this fall and am an official member of the Auburn Volleyball roster. Being a student-athlete proves to be challenging in many aspects, but I continue to be able to balance the delicate scale between academics and athletics.
From an academic standpoint it was quickly revealed that one must maintain consistent and lengthy study hours to excel in the classrooms. I am especially pleased to bring home a 4.0 GPA after a semester of tough courses including pre-med chemistry and pre-med calculus and have the honorable distinction of being ranked the top female in the class of 273 chemistry students.
The Chamber of Commerce Scholarship has played an integral part in assisting me in reaching my first semester collegiate goals. I humbly thank you for the generous investment you made in my life. I guarantee your investment will yield a high return.
My best to all of you,
Kelsey A. Dobbs