ST. GEORGE — The St. George Area Chamber of Commerce showed their support of the future workforce on Monday morning by donating scholarship funds to Dixie Technical College.
At 10 a.m. Monday morning, Shawn Christensen, president of the St. George Area Chamber of Commerce, presented a $10,000 check to Dixie Tech staff. This donation was part of an annual tradition, in which the chamber’s foundation hosts a gala to raise funds, and the proceeds are given back to the community, Christensen told St. George News.
“This year we’ve chosen to share those funds with Dixie Technical College and then shortly we’ll be also giving a check to Utah Tech University,” he said.
Camille Lyman, Dixie Tech’s vice president of instruction, along with Kami Alldredge, the financial aid manager, told St. George News these donations significantly benefit both the students and the community.
They explained that scholarship money given to Dixie Tech can change lives because it goes to students who might not qualify for financial aid.
The money will go a long way, Alldredge said, adding that “even $500 could cover the whole term for a student.”
Lyman said Dixie Tech encourages students to graduate debt free by “trying to kick the scholarship stigma.” They want their students to know that even if they don’t think they can qualify, they should still apply for scholarships.
Alldredge added that the funding from the chamber is put to good use because most of the students stay in Southern Utah after graduating from their programs. She said it’s not only funding the students, but also the future of the community.
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