Nashville's Chamber of Commerce is looking to help fund a local youth's education.
The Chamber recently announced its Education Scholarship, which will officially begin in the Fall.
But applications are being accepted now.
The scholarship was the idea of Chamber President Dylan Bunch. Bunch said he came up with the idea to form the scholarship and raise money through Chamber dues. When renewing memberships, members can choose to contribute an additional $100 and the money will go towards a scholarship fund. Those businesses also get their logo put on the chamber's website.
Bunch said his goal was not only to help young people but to get the Chamber involved in more things.
"I wanted the Chamber to do more in the community," Bunch said. "We needed to add to the list of things we do in the community."
Two $500 scholarships will be presented to graduating seniors who apply, said Mary Grace Daughtridge, who serves on the Education Committee, which is made of up Chamber of Commerce Board members.
"They have to be a graduating senior this year," she added.
Daughtridge said applicants must have a copy of their high school transcripts and two letters of recommendation from a counselor, instructor or employer/professional.
In addition, all applicants must be recommended by a Nashville Chamber of Commerce member. Daughtridge said there is no cost to the business or member to sponsor, or recommend, someone.
"It can be any business that is with the Chamber," she added.
Applicants must also be Nash County residents.
Daughtridge said the winners will be announced at the Chamber's annual meeting, which is typically held in July.
"This is the first year we've done it," Daughtridge said. "We hope to continue it every year."
The application deadline is May 15.
For more information or to request an application, email email@example.com.