Scholarship Program

Posted March 31st, 2011 by Michelle

The National City Chamber of Commerce

Scholarship for Future Community Developers


Scholarship Application (Click here)

The National City Chamber of Commerce (NCCC) understands that the best way to invest in the future of National City’s economic development is to invest in the education of the youth. The Chamber realizes that a large percentage of National City youth may not be attending college due to a lack of financial resources. According to the 2000 US Census, 19.6% of National City’s families live below poverty level. The US Census Bureau also reports that in the year 2000 only 8.9% [i]of our community members has a bachelor’s degree or higher.

This year the scholarship amounts to $1,000.00, which will be allocated to two students. The funds were donated by OMC Technical Solutions, a chamber member since January of 2010. The CEO of OMC Technical Solutions, Martin Moreno, expressed his desire to give back to the community: “education is the cornerstone to economic prosperity and giving to youth whom are dedicated to community development will only strengthen National City’s social capital.”

As we gain momentum the NCCC hopes to increase the scholarship amount each year and maintain the ability to contribute to the education of multiple students. The National City Chamber of Commerce hopes that the new scholarship program will make a positive impact on the community. Sweetwater High School Principal and NCCC Board Member, Roman Del Rosario states: “This scholarship is an example of how the Chamber is committed to the empowerment of the students of Sweetwater High School …As the principal of the only public high school in National City, this is exactly the type of community support that our students need and deserve.”

Community development efforts strengthen civic and business conditions. “We want to empower students to make a real difference and provide them with the financial support to realize their dreams.” Jacqueline Reynoso, President/ CEO

Scholarship Requirements:

This scholarship is intended for Sweetwater High School juniors and seniors with an academic GPA of at least 2.9.

This scholarship is for students interested in community development. In order to qualify you must express through your application your commitment to community development in National City.

Community development (CD) is a broad term applied to the practices and academic disciplines of civic leaders, activists, involved citizens and professionals to improve various aspects of local communities.

Community development seeks to empower individuals and groups of people by providing these groups with the skills they need to affect change in their own communities. These skills are often concentrated around building political power through the formation of large social groups working for a common agenda. Community developers must understand both how to work with individuals and how to affect communities’ positions within the context of larger social institutions.

Community Development is both an occupation (such as a community development worker in a local authority) and a way of working with communities. Its key purpose is to build communities based on justice, equality and mutual respect.

A number of different approaches to community development can be recognized, including: community economic development (CED); community capacity building; Social capital formation; political participatory development; nonviolent direct action; ecologically sustainable development; asset-based community development; faith-based community development; community practice social work; community-based participatory research (CBPR); Community Mobilization; community empowerment; community participation; participatory planning including community-based planning (CBP); community-driven development (CDD); and approaches to funding communities directly.

Checklist:

Please make sure your application includes all of the following; placed in order from top to bottom. Any applications with missing documents will be considered inc omplete and ineligible for review.

1.       Cover sheet

2.       Resume

3.       1 page essay

4.       Questionnaire

5.       Copy of transcripts; unofficial acceptable

6.       Proof of family income

Application Deadline

All applications must be received by 4pm on May 2, 2011 May 9, 2011. Please submit complet e applications in a sealed envelope to:

The National City Chamber of Commerce
ATTN: Scholarship Committee
901 National City Blvd.
National City, CA 91950
For questions contact:
Michelle Luna Reynoso
Marketing Coordinator
Office (619) 477-9339
Fax (619) 477-5018
luna@nationalcitychamber.org

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