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Bloomington Chamber announces 2018 Bloomington Future Leaders

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May 31, 2018
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (05/31/18) - The Bloomington Chamber recently announced the 2018 Bloomington Future Leaders scholarship winners.

The Bloomington Future Leaders (BFL) program is a joint effort between the Chamber and Bloomington ISD 271. The program provides opportunities for chamber members and students at Jefferson and Kennedy High Schools to build relationships through networking and events while also allowing the students to gain unique insight into different aspects of the businesses in Bloomington and the South Metro.

The Chamber uses the program to recognize the importance and value of young leaders in the Bloomington community by offering multiple scholarships. The scholarships, this year totaling $7,500, are awarded to graduating seniors from Jefferson High School and Kennedy High School who exemplify the characteristics of a Bloomington Future Leader. The scholarship winners challenge themselves academically, take part in business or marketing education courses, and show passionate involvement in their school and community. This year, seven students were awarded the BFL scholarship.

This year’s recipients are Jhenna Becker, Jasmine Jackson, Emily Jorschumb and Max Leung from Jefferson High School and Graham Hawton, Grant Mendel and Matthew Pedersen from Kennedy High School.

The students were honored at the school board meeting on May 14 and will also be recognized at their school’s award nights.

“We are so proud of these students for the hard work and dedication they put in to not only their studies, but also into our community,” said Bloomington Chamber President, Kim Hansen. “We hope this program helps them to prepare not only for college, but also to be leaders in the community and in all that they do. We also hope these scholarships help them to achieve their goals as they move on to the next stage of their education.”

Any student participating in business or marketing courses at either high school are considered part of the BFL program. However, to receive a scholarship, students must fill out an application and meet certain criteria including participation in a minimum of one Bloomington Future Leaders Business Conference, participation in community service projects through BFL, the Bloomington Chamber or independently, and provide verification of acceptance of admission at a post-secondary institution.
Devan Finn, Communications Manager