What is Local Dollars for Local Scholars?

It's a fundraiser for the Career Investment Scholarship program which provides scholarships to local high school seniors as they enter their first year of college. The Career Investment Scholarship program is an initiative of the Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce Charitable Foundation to build scholars, leaders and communities!

Career Investment Scholarships are given annually to graduating seniors in the Saint Paul/East Metro area. To date, we have invested almost $300,000 in local students attending colleges and universities in Minnesota. From homelessness to learning English as a high school student, the majority of our scholarship recipients face enormous challenges on their path to college. Most are low-income, minority students and many are the first in their family to pursue higher education - but all of them have enormous potential to succeed. With your investment, we offer the hope of a brighter future.

In 2012, the Foundation increased our scholarship awards by 35 percent, to award $50,000 to East Metro students! Please give generously so we can meet and exceed this number in 2013!

Please read Christine's story, below, to learn about just one of our scholarship recipients.

Christine’s Story

Christine was the recipient of a Saint Paul Port Authority Community Re-Investment Scholarship. Christine was ranked in the top 10 percent of her graduating class, participated in Admission Possible, an extra-curricular college preparatory program and volunteered as a Big Sister. Christine emigrated from Cameroon during her freshman year of high school.

Christine’s father brought her family to America with hopes for a brighter future for his daughters, with access to quality education the top priority. Although education in the United States is very different than Cameroon, Christine took on the challenge to enroll in the most rigorous classes offered.

Her Admission Possible coach wrote, “It has been exciting and inspiring to witness Christine’s transformation throughout her junior, and now senior year. Still a recent immigrant to the United States, her progress is truly remarkable. As she continues to discover her own potential, voice, and passions she will continue to grow into an amazing young woman.”

Christine is currently enrolled at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities.

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