The N. Rutherford Sheffield Memorial Junior-Year Scholarship Award for Entrepreneurial Promise and Achievement

The N. Rutherford Sheffield Memorial Junior-Year Scholarship Award for Entrepreneurial Promise and Achievement is administered by the Lyme-Old Lyme Chamber of Commerce/Lyme-Old Lyme Council of the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut and was established in 1999. Until his death in 1998, Mr. Sheffield had served the Chamber for more than 50 years and was a leader in many community-service organizations. Funding for scholarships is provided through the Chamber’s benefit activities throughout the year.

Award Criteria:

  • The student must be completing his or her Junior year at Lyme-Old Lyme High School.
  • The student MUST have demonstrated achievement in economics, business, technology, or a closely related area but need NOT be an exceptionally outstanding academic student.
  • The student shall be notable for applying his or her skills in the community, preferably in a setting which demonstrates his or her entrepreneurial initiative.
  • The student shall have demonstrated ability to balance and integrate academics with community service and his or her entrepreneurial skills: for example, in an internship, a part-time job, a service business, a community organization, a sales program, a manufacturing or repair operation.
  • The student will prepare a written application (download).
  • The student may be asked to participate in an interview at the discretion of the award committee.
  • One or more students may share the award.

Award Committee:

Representatives of the Lyme–Old Lyme Chamber of Commerce.

Award Benefits:

  • A significant share in the Chamber’s scholarship fund, preferably to be used to help defray the cost of college application or specialized job training.
  • Attendance with his or her parents or guardians as guests at the June monthly dinner meeting of the Lyme-Old Lyme Chamber of Commerce.
  • The opportunity to visit Chamber-member businesses or industries, with particular emphasis on the recipient’s career aspirations.
  • The ability to cite the award in college applications.
  • The ability to seek college-application or job-referral letters from committee members.

Download Application (MS Word)

The Lyme–Old Lyme Chamber of Commerce Senior–Year Scholarship Award for Promise and Achievement in the Visual Arts

The Lyme–Old Lyme Chamber of Commerce Senior–Year Scholarship Award for Promise and Achievement in the Visual Arts was established in 2003 to recognize and reward the work of the Lyme–Old Lyme arts community and its aspiring students. The award is determined and presented in May after advance consultation/review with Lyme-Old Lyme High School and the Lyme Academy College through the latter’s development and admissions offices and personal contact with Chamber members. Recipients are encouraged to attend the Chamber’s June meeting with examples from their portfolios.

Senior-Year Award Criteria:

  • The student(s) must be completing Senior year at Lyme-Old Lyme High School and have been accepted as a full-time student at the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts; OR
  • The student(s) must be a resident of the town of Lyme or Old Lyme and have lived here for at least three years and be attending the College; OR
  • The student(s) must have graduated from Lyme–Old Lyme High School, be a current resident of Lyme or Old Lyme, and be accepted at the College as a part- or full-time student.
  • The student(s) must have demonstrated talent and achievement in visual arts — drawing, painting, sculpture, graphic design or a related area — and have demonstrated personal initiative in practicing these skills to the benefit of the community.
  • The student(s) will prepare a short written application and portfolio, and also participate in an interview at the discretion of the award committee.

Senior Award Benefits:

  • A variable sum paid directly to the student to be used to defray expenses of the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts

Download Application (MS Word)

The Lyme Academy College Pre-College Summer Scholarships

The Lyme Academy College Pre-College Summer Scholarships were established in 2004 to recognize students of promise who are enrolled in Lyme–Old Lyme High School. The awards may be altered or upgraded annually at the discretion of the Chamber. The funds are paid directly to the College.

Pre-College Summer Scholarships Criteria:

  • The student(s) must be a resident of the town of Lyme or Old Lyme and be recommended by both the Lyme Academy College and by the Arts Faculty of his/her High School.

Pre-College Award Benefits:

  • A variable sum paid directly to the College to be applied toward the cost of a class or classes at the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts
  • The opportunity to visit area Chamber members who operate arts-based institutions and businesses, with particular emphasis on the recipient’s career aspirations in the arts
  • The ability to seek a job- or project-referral letter from committee members

Award Committee:
Representatives of the Lyme–Old Lyme Chamber of Commerce

Download Application (MS Word)

The Professional Development Grant Program

The Professional Development Grant Program has been created by the Lyme-Old Lyme Chamber of Commerce in an effort to assist members with financial resources needed to take advantage of opportunities that improve their individual business management skills; enhance the operation of an individual or group of businesses, or improve the economic vitality of the Lyme-Old Lyme community. Grants of up to $500 are available annually.

The Lyme-Old Lyme Chamber of Commerce operates on a July 1 through June 30 fiscal year. Grant applications may be submitted throughout the year. Applications will be reviewed by the L-OL Chamber Board or a sub-committee and presented to the L-OL membership with a recommendation. This process may take several months and applicants should keep this in mind when applying.

Please complete the following and return electronically (email@lolcc.com) or mail to PO Box 4152, Old Lyme CT 06371

  • Describe the proposal and how the funds will be used.
  • Describe how the proposed activity will impact you, your business, or local community.
  • Attach any supporting documentation (e.g. a course description, description of an item or service to be purchased, budget, etc.)

If your application is approved, you will be expected to make a report to the L-OL Chamber within 6 months after the funds are disbursed, explaining why the activity funded was/was not successful.

Download Application (MS Word)