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The Sauk Valley Area Chamber of Commerce is an association of professional individuals, men and women, representatives of business, industry, agriculture, as well as public and municipal organizations, joined together for the promotion and enhancement of the Sauk Valley community.

The Sauk Valley Area Chamber of Commerce has a long tradition of working for our members and listening to our members' needs. Our future continues on this path of excellence by creating a regional business organization, which works closely with our local development offices for the benefit of the Sauk Valley Region and our entire business community.

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Sauk Valley Area Chamber of Commerce Scholarships Applications Now Available

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                 
November 30, 2015

Kris Noble
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STERLING, Ill – Sauk Valley Area Chamber of Commerce President Jerry Binder has announced scholarship applications are now available for the 2016-2017 school year. The Sauk Valley Area Chamber of Commerce awards scholarships to students pursuing a college degree in either business or agriculture. “The Chamber is proud of its commitment to continuing education and we are happy we can once again offer these scholarships to area students,” said Binder. “These scholarships help area students pursue their dreams and we hope they include some day returning to the Sauk Valley to pursue their professional goals here.” Information on the scholarships is below.

The Charles A. Farnham Business Scholarship is in honor of an individual who was very active with the Sauk Valley Area Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Farnham’s professional background and employment focus was in industrial relations at Northwestern Steel and Wire where he was a Vice-President. Individuals who are pursuing a curriculum of business or industrial relations or an approved business/industrial relations field are eligible to apply for this one year, $1000.00 scholarship. The application deadline for the Charles A. Farnham Scholarship is April 15, 2016.

The Agricultural Scholarship is awarded by the Sauk Valley Area Chamber of Commerce
Agribusiness Committee. Scholarship money is available to individuals pursuing a degree in the field of agriculture and applicants must be a current student or resident of the Sauk Valley Area. The application deadline for the Agricultural Scholarship is March 1, 2016.

The scholarship applications are available at the Sauk Valley Area Chamber of Commerce Office located at 211 Locust Street in Sterling or can be downloaded from the Chamber’s website, which is For more information on the Sauk Valley Area Chamber of Commerce, its members or for a schedule of events please go to the website at or call 815-625-2400.


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