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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 STEM, Fostek Corporation and the Bedford Area Chamber developed a scholarship to support students who will be attending our local CVCC campus or local in-state colleges and are interested in furthering their education and training in areas that are pointed at careers focused on STEM. Support from area businesses and individuals makes it possible for us to enhance our region’s workforce through scholarship opportunities and educational initiatives at the secondary and higher education levels.

Those interested in the Harry Schickling Scholarship must submit their applications by May 1st, 2020. For more information regarding how you can contribute to the scholarship or details for applying, contact Wende Gaylor, CEO at 540-586-9401 ext. 101.

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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 a 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.

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The 2019 Harry Schickling Scholarship Recipient

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From left: Scott Hall (Immediate Past Chairman), Wende Gaylor (President/CEO), Brad Grohs (Recipient), Kim Eckart (Fostek Corporation)

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Pictured: Brad Grohs receiving his Spring Scholarship Award for Spring 2020

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, modern industrial maintenance, 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 Engineering, Maintenance, and/or Technology.

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 higher education in Virginia. In order to be eligible, the student must plan on pursuing a career in Engineering, Maintenance, and/or Technology. 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 Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation along with partner, Fostek Corporation recently awarded Brad Grohs, a 2019 Liberty High School graduate with The Harry Schickling Scholarship. This scholarship was established in memory of Mr. Schickling, a Fostek executive and proud member of the Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce. Scholarship recipient, Brad Grohs is currently attending Virginia Tech University majoring in Computer Science. The Bedford Area Chamber wishes Brad the best of luck in his future endeavors and cannot wait to see all that he accomplishes in his future!