The Douglas County Chamber Foundation is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2020 Chamber Foundation Leadership and AMP’D Continuing Education Scholarships. The Chamber Foundation coordinates community education and leadership programs including Leadership Douglas, Youth Leadership Douglas and Advancing Modern Professionals in Douglas (AMP’D).
The Chamber Foundation Leadership Scholarship is funded by Advancing Modern Professionals in Douglas, the Chamber’s young professional program. 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 25 applicants for only three scholarships.
The recipient of the $1,000 Chamber Foundation Leadership Scholarship is Makenna Otten, a graduating senior from Alexander High School. Makenna is a graduate of the 2019 Youth Leadership Douglas program. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Beta Club, Key Club, and Creative Writing Club. Makenna is also a drum major and band lieutenant in the AHS Marching Band. In the fall, Makenna will attend the University of Georgia and major in Biology with a focus on pre-med.
The runner up and recipient of a $500 Chamber Foundation Leadership Scholarship is Kailey Belcher, a graduating senior from Chapel Hill High School, who will attend the University of Georgia and major in Public Health. Additionally, the Chamber Board awards one scholarship each year and the recipient of $500 is Nyah Priester from Chapel Hill High School. She will attend Clemson University in the fall and major in Nursing.
The AMP’D Continuing Education Scholarships is designed for young professionals, ages 21-40, from Chamber Member organizations that are seeking to continue their education on any level, whether pursuing a college degree, technical certification, or attending a professional development conference. A maximum of $500 is awarded to each individual selected. The recipients of the 2020 AMP’D Continuing Education Scholarships are Brady Cook, a teacher from Douglas County Schools, and April McKown, Economic Development Manager from the City of Douglasville.
Chamber President and CEO, Sara Ray, commented, “We are extremely proud of the individuals selected for the 2020 scholarships. They have all worked so hard and deserve this recognition. The Chamber Foundation is thrilled to recognize these young leaders in our own community who show such promise for the future of Douglas County.”
For more information on the Douglas County Chamber Foundation or Advancing Modern Professionals in Douglas program, visit the Chamber website at www.douglascountygeorgia.com/programs.