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Education Scholarships

Each year, the Midstate Chamber awards scholarship money to area high school students. We celebrate these students with an annual recognition event.

The Sanford S. Shorr Education Awards are in honor of Sanford S. Shorr, who served as the Executive Director of the Midstate Chamber of Commerce for 29 years with a deep sense of service to his community. These awards, $1,000 each, are given to students based on community service hours that are over and above the basic graduation requirements.

The Chamber’s Hispanic Outreach Leaders in Action (HOLA) Awards several $1,000 scholarships to graduating Hispanic high school student(s).  The HOLA committee raises funds annually for these scholarships, and most of its programs through the year go to funding these awards. 

The Chamber also awards the Frank A. & Charlotte G. Young Award, but these funds are held through the Meriden-Wallingford Community Foundation and are not solely based on community service:  This one-year award of $1,800 is for a Meriden resident (graduating high school senior) that excels in the field of Science and/or Math and will be pursuing a degree in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) or Business. 

The Chamber also be accepting applications for the Bruce H. Kannenberg & Jonal Laboratories, Inc. Education Award. This is a 4-year award for $1,000 per year for a Meriden resident graduating from a Meriden Public School who is pursuing a degree in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) or Business.