The Pine Island Chamber of Commerce announces its 2020 scholarship opportunities for its Black Dirt Scholarship Fund for high school seniors and students attending post-secondary educational schools. The fund awards three annual scholarships of $1,500 each to students who have demonstrated a commitment to community service.
The focus is on applicants who have chosen to pursue careers in one of three categories that celebrate the character of the Pine Island Community, past and present: Agricultural/Equestrian studies; Culinary Arts/Hospitality Industry; and Arts and Sciences.
Applicants must be a resident of the Town of Warwick and either a high school senior who will graduate in June 2020, or a student at any stage of a post-secondary education at an accredited educational facility. Applicants must demonstrate a commitment to and involvement in community volunteer service or community work experience. They must be in good academic standing and show evidence of having achieved a minimum grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.5 (or equivalent). Previous applicants may re-apply for consideration.
All materials must be submitted to the high school guidance department or postmarked no later than Mon., May 4, which is a two-week extension from the original due date. The Black Dirt Scholarship is funded with a portion of the proceeds from the Black Dirt Feast. The Black Dirt Scholarship application is available for download at www.pineislandny.com/black-dirt-scholarship/.
The Black Dirt Scholarship is funded with a portion of the proceeds from the Black Dirt Feast. Shown in the photo is Sue Wilk, previous President of Pine Island Chamber of Commerce at first Black Dirt Feast in 2009. Photo provided.