The Harry Schickling Scholarship
Developing a trained, skilled workforce to support business and industry in our community is a top
priority for the Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce. In an effort to encourage students to pursue
careers in manufacturing and technology, Fostek Corporation and the Bedford Area Chamber developed
a scholarship to support students who show a demonstrated interest in furthering their education and
training in areas that are pointed at careers in manufacturing
The Harry Schickling Scholarship was established in 2014 in memory of Mr. Schickling to benefit students
graduating from a Bedford County school who will be attending our local Central Virginia Community
College. In order to be eligible the student must plan on pursuing a career in manufacturing. An
emphasis on equipment maintenance/technical services, electrical, controls, software, and/or process
engineering will have a very positive influence on the awarding of this scholarship. The award amount is
$500 per semester until the degree/certificate is completed and criteria must be met to maintain the
scholarship each semester.
For more information, download The Harry Schickling Scholarship Application here.
Harry Schickling was an executive of Fostek Corporation, a Bedford manufacturing company, when he
passed away in June, 2014. Harry was a very honorable family man, a Christian, a veteran, an engineer
and a proud American patriot. Harry was an individual who had vision for not only the company he was
working for, but also for the community.
He was a proud member of the Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce, holding multiple leadership
positions over decades of service including Chairman of the Board and multiple terms as Chairman of
the Government Affairs Committee. Harry had an enduring passion for the Chamber’s efforts in
legislative agendas, workforce development, education and a genuine concern for the business
community in the Bedford area. Our educational system is what he saw as the lifeblood of providing the
area with well trained and educated individuals who would hopefully further their careers and enhance
our local economy and local companies.
Special Thanks to the Fostek Corporation for their support.
Contributions to The Harry Schickling Scholarship will support a healthy workforce in our community.