Pine Island Chamber of Commerce Black Dirt Scholarship
The Pine Island Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the 2016 Black Dirt Scholarship Fund winners: Taylor Thomas, Christina Carmody, and Bridget Scheinert. Each year the Chamber awards three scholarships of $1,500 each to students who have demonstrated a commitment to and involvement in community volunteer service or community work experience. The winners also get to attend the Annual Black Dirt Feast held at Scheuermann Farms & Greenhouses each August, as guests of the Chamber.
The Black Dirt Scholarship is funded with a portion of the proceeds from the Black Dirt Feast. The feast was first created in 2009 by Chamber members Sondra and Peter Hall as a way to showcase some of the top chefs in the region and the farms who provide the produce that they use. Now celebrating its eighth year, currently managed by John Redman of Union Square Group, the event’s objective is to bring the entire community together to celebrate the beauty and bounty of the Black Dirt Region.
Since its founding in 1961, the mission of the Pine Island Chamber of Commerce has been to promote prosperity in the business community, support and enhance the uniqueness of the region, and to enrich the lives of all residents through community spirit and cooperation.
Scholarships are announced in May, awarded in June. Click here for the application.