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Ball: Scholarships help support local economy

Published: Friday, April 4, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

Spring finally may have arrived (so I’m told) and many local high school students are finalizing plans for continuing their education in the fall.

With the cost of advanced education higher today than any other time in history, many students and parents are looking for ways to offset the expense required to attend college. While opportunities exist for athletic and academic scholarships, often times there also are community-based dollars available to college-bound students that can help make the experience more financially feasible. Many civic organizations and other local groups offer some type of educational scholarship every year.

The Cary Grove Area Chamber of Commerce supports these efforts with a pair of $1,000 scholarships available to high school seniors who live in Cary or Fox River Grove. Applications for this scholarship are due April 23 and the winners will be announced at the Cary Grove community scholarship presentation May 21.

The chamber also hosts the Miss Cary and Miss Fox River Grove Business Scholarship Pageant, which offers a $1,000 scholarship for each winner and smaller scholarship awards for runners-up. This year’s pageant events are underway, with the final event May 10 at Cary Grove High School.

Support mechanisms like scholarships are one way organizations like the Cary Grove Area Chamber fulfill its mission. Providing scholarships is good for local economies because it helps facilitate an educated workforce.

If you are a student or have one in your house that will head to college in the fall and is looking for financial assistance getting there, remember to look to your local organizations.

The Cary Grove Area Chamber of Commerce scholarship application can be downloaded from our website, www.carygrovechamber.com, or from the Cary Grove High School scholarship page.

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The Cary Grove Area Chamber of Commerce has a number of events in April and May:

• There will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 9 a.m. Wednesday at the Goodwill Store, 1016 Central Park Drive, Crystal Lake.

• A 25th anniversary ribbon-cutting ceremony and multi-chamber mixer will be from 5 to 7 p.m. April 24 at Cary Travel Express, 9 Jandus Road, Cary.

• The chamber will host a Shake Up Lunchtime Mixer from noon to 1:30 p.m. May 7 at Coleman’s in the Park, 645 Industrial Drive, Cary. The cost is $20 and includes lunch, tax and gratuity.

• The Miss Cary and Miss Fox River Grove Business Scholarship Pageant will be from 7 to 10 p.m. May 10 at Cary Grove High School, 2208 Three Oaks Road, Cary. Tickets are $10.

• Brad Ball is executive director of the Cary Grove Area Chamber of Commerce. 

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