Soldotna Chamber selects scholarship recipients

Posted: Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Every week business people and community members that attend weekly Chamber of Commerce luncheons purchase "Split the Pot" tickets to help build scholarship funds that are awarded annually. More often than not the split the pot winners donate their winnings back to the scholarship fund to boost the awards. This year the Soldotna Chamber selected seven local college bound high school seniors to receive their scholarships. Two for the Vera Horwarth memorial scholarship which are worth $1,500 dollars each and five others that areworth $1,000 and is renewable for a second year.

This years Vera Horwarth scholars are Monica Maryott from Soldotna High School and Jerrod Williams of Skyview. Monica plans on pursuing a medical career at Marietta College and Jerrod will be attending the University of Alaska Fairbanks to pursue his Bachelor's Degree. Matt Meade was selected for the VoTech scholarship and plans on attending AVTEC and pursuing an electricians certificate and becoming a Master Electrician. Other Soldotna Chamber Scholarship winners included Marquee Lucas of Skyview, Scott Litchfield of Cook Inlet Academy, Jesse Carlson of SoHi, and Melissa Massey from Skyview.

Sammy Cole is the perennial chairperson for the Scholarship Committee that is made up of seven chamber members. "These folks are truly dedicated to our youth and put in a lot of hours during the selection process and fitting the students to each scholarship criteria. This year we gave special recognition to Sammy Cole for all work over the years," said Michelle Glaves Soldotna Chamber executive director. Congratulations to all the winners.

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