Chamber foundation accepting applications for Petro scholarship

High school seniors in West Orange County who plan to attend Valencia, UCF or OTC are invited to apply.

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The West Orange Foundation has opened its annual scholarship opportunity for area students, The Danniel J. Petro Foundation Scholarships.

The scholarship fund, administered by the West Orange Chamber of Commerce, was established to help students from local high schools further their education at Valencia College, Orange Technical College or the University of Central Florida. The foundation is able to fund the scholarships through the contributions of the Petro Family Foundation and Duke Energy.

To qualify, eligible senior students must live in either Dr. Phillips, Gotha, Horizon West, Lake Avalon, MetroWest, Oakland, Ocoee, Orlo Vista, Pine Hills, Windermere or Winter Garden; attend a high school in one of these service areas; have a current GPA of 2.75 (weighted or unweighted); and apply to attend Valencia, UCF or OTC.

To download a copy of the application, visit Eligible students should complete the application in its entirety, which includes a list of activities, leadership positions and honors, community involvement and special recognition awards and honors, along with a personal essay in which they should describe themselves and provide information about their most significant accomplishment.

Submissions will be accepted via mail or email. Applications and supporting documents must be submitted by April 7 to Artena Greene at [email protected]; or by mail to West Orange Chamber of Commerce, ATTN: DJP Scholarship, 12184 W. Colonial Drive, Winter Garden, FL 34787.

The West Orange Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization that serves as the community-based, philanthropic arm of the West Orange Chamber of Commerce (WOCC).




Amy Quesinberry

Community Editor Amy Quesinberry was born at the old West Orange Memorial Hospital and raised in Winter Garden. Aside from earning her journalism degree from the University of Georgia, she hasn’t strayed too far from her hometown and her three-mile bubble. She grew up reading The Winter Garden Times and knew in the eighth grade she wanted to write for her community newspaper. She has been part of the writing and editing team since 1990.

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