The 2020 application period is now closed. Application submissions will resume Spring of 2021.
WOW Scholarship Requirements & Application
The Wisdom of Women’s mission is to give each other inspiration, support and community while empowering each of us to find the wisdom within ourselves and each other so we can share it with the world.
As an expression of gratitude, The WOW committee has launched a scholarship to help a local woman owned business, with a proven track record, take their business to the next level. This scholarship can be used to purchase new equipment, upgrade software, continue education, expand your business to a new commercial space or achieve business goals.
The Wisdom of Women will award five (5) $500 scholarships. This scholarship is open to residents of the Mid-Hudson Valley who have had a positive impact on her community and workplace and who has a proven commitment to the success of her business. The business must be 100% independently owned and the business is at least two years old. We will not accept applications from franchises, direct sales companies, or multi-level marketing businesses. The recipients of these scholarships will be expected to check in quarterly with an assigned WOW Committee member to give updates of how they have been utilizing the monies awarded to them to effectively help grow and build their business.
Applications will be reviewed by the Wisdom of Women Scholarship Committee, and scholarship winners will be awarded at a special celebration in summer of 2021.
Be a member of the New Paltz Regional Chamber of Commerce in good standing.
Own and operate their business in the counties of Dutchess, Greene, Orange or Ulster.
Demonstrate a positive impact on your community or workplace.
Demonstrate solid commitment to your business.
To submit a complete application packet, please include the following:
A completed application form.
Two (2) letters of reference from a business associate, board member, or vendor.
Two (2) testimonials from customers.
A typed personal essay of no more than 500 words that explains the applicant’s business goals, specific steps to the goals, how the scholarship funds will be applied, and how it will further your business.
It is the applicant’s responsibility to meet the deadline and to ensure the application packet is complete. Only complete application packets will be reviewed. Scholarship recipients will be required to acknowledge receipt of funds and attend an awards presentation to be held in summer 2021.
Deadline Application packet must be received by the Chamber of Commerce by 2021 Date to be Announced
Submissions will be reviewed by the board and winners will be notified after 2021 Date to be Announced
If you have any questions about the 2021 scholarships, please please reach out to Executive Director, Christopher Short: firstname.lastname@example.org