Chamber Scholars

chamber scholars programThe Education Committee of the Cleveland-Bolivar County Chamber of Commerce works to enhance the educational experience of local learners by linking academics, businesses, and community groups to promote real world learning, support partnerships, and encourage and celebrate educational excellence.

One of the signature educational programs of the Chamber is Chamber Scholars, an annual scholarship funded entirely through member support that is awarded to stand-out graduating seniors from any high school located in Bolivar County. Requirements for the Chamber Scholars program are outlined below. The Chamber begins taking applications in March, and follows up the awards review process with an honorary reception the first week of May. For more information about Chamber Scholars or to donate to the Chamber Scholars fund, contact our offices at 662-843-2712.


Please have all documents prepared and ready for submission WITH your application. Both the completed application and supporting documents are required to finish your application. 


1.  Student must be enrolled in one of the following accredited high schools in Bolivar County:
Bayou Academy
Cleveland Central High School
McEvans School
Northside High School

West Bolivar High School

Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science (student and parents must still be a resident of Bolivar County)


2. The child of an employee of the Cleveland-Bolivar County Chamber of Commerce is not eligible to apply.

3. Each high school in the district represented by valid applications will have a minimum of one scholarship awarded.

4. Each student applying must meet all the requirements as established by the scholarship committee.


The following is a list of the criteria for the Cleveland-Bolivar County Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Award.

1.  A minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 system.
2.  A minimum score of 18 on the ACT OR a minimum score of 860 on the SAT

The student will have to complete the application and return it with the following documentation to in order to complete the application:

1. A copy of their high school transcript
2. A copy of their ACT/SAT score
3. Two (2) character reference letters from NON-relatives.
One of your references must include a high school teacher and the other must be someone who is not in the teaching profession.  These references must have known you for at least two years and their letters should state that fact.
4. A copy of a resume, listing involvement in clubs, teams, extracurricular organizations, leadership roles, academic or employment achievements, or other details that would boost the application.
5. OPTIONAL - Any additional test scores or supplementary documentation (ASVAB scores, newspaper articles, etc.) that could enhance the student's application.

Congratulations to our 2024 Chamber Scholars Recipients:

  • Amanda Mahaffey
  • Ashton Harris
  • Ayden Aguzzi
  • Brynli Doty
  • Carrie Maggio
  • Carson Allen
  • Carter Foster
  • Dakota Cain
  • Holt Fortner
  • Jabrabrious Brown
  • John Butler Edwards
  • Josh Lott
  • Mere Kasen Seeley
  • Mia Luciano
  • Patrick Wessel
  • Rianna Scott
  • Riley-Clark Rocconi
  • Taylor McCain
  • Zariah Burl

If you have any questions about the application process call the Chamber of Commerce at 662-843-2712 or email