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Bloomington Chamber announces 2019 Bloomington Future Leaders

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May 14, 2019
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (05/14/2019) - The Bloomington Chamber recently announced the 2019 Bloomington Future Leaders scholarship winners. The chamber has given away $36,250 to local high school students since 2014.  

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 Noah Hanson, Anna Lahl, Paul Kelly, Samantha Ohm, Maggie Beuchler, Bethany Davidowitz and Emily Sanchez Martinez.  

The students were honored at the school board meeting on May 13 and will also be recognized at their school’s award nights.

“One thing that stood out with this group of students, in addition to their excellent academic and business class credentials, is their desire to develop socially aware programs to enhance life here in Bloomington and on a global scale,” said Bloomington Chamber President, Kim Hansen. “Our chamber members truly understand the return on investment their fundraising dollars provide from financial involvement with our two cornerstone events – the annual Gala and Golf Tournament. A portion of the proceeds go directly to these scholarships and it’s our BFL committee’s goal to grow the amount we give away to these students.”

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, (612) 370-9167