The Greater Ocean City Chamber of Commerce Foundation developed the Eunice Q. Sorin Scholarship to enhance workforce and economic development in our region. This scholarship is also made possible by the fundraising efforts of the Young Professionals of Ocean City. The mission of the YPs is to bring together the talents and insights of emerging young professionals, in a dynamic and diverse group of peers with a passion for making a difference, a willingness to learn, the desire to build important relationships, and the energy to get involved in the community.
The Workforce Scholarship Program awards individuals who are either further pursuing professional development to advance their career and/or upgrading skills with intention to stay in the Eastern Shore area. This scholarship is open to any field of study but is limited to those who live or work in Worcester County. This scholarship is available to anyone currently employed by a local business in good standing with the Greater Ocean City Chamber of Commerce OR for those individuals looking to gain the skills and education to enter our community workforce.
The scholarship program first began in 2011 thanks to the pioneering efforts of Eunice Sorin, a stellar businesswoman, philanthropist, and amazing woman who passed away in 2012, leaving a lasting impact on our local community. Eunice played an active role in the Ocean City and Berlin community, running a highly successful business that allowed her to become a generous sponsor and donor to many great causes. She spent her life in the service industry here in Ocean City, MD and made a bequest to the chamber with the stipulation that scholarships be given in her name. Eunice also fostered a sincere and lifelong interest in the well-being of our youth, education, and the importance of accessible opportunities for advancement in our local community. To that end, the Foundation strives to uphold the ideals established by Eunice by continuing to raise funds each year so that we can continue to award scholarships to deserving people in our community in her name.
Each application is reviewed by a board of prominent business leaders that share in the Foundation’s mission. The applications are reviewed in a blind process against specific criteria. Since its inception, over $28,000 in scholarship money has been awarded to deserving community members – young men and woman that we are confident will continue along their successful path to becoming inspiring business leaders in our community.
Apply Below for the 2021 Workforce Scholarship:
To be considered as a candidate for the Eunice Q. Sorin Scholarship, please complete the entire application process by the indicated deadline. Be sure to complete all fields of the online application, upload your resume, upload your essay, and upload two professional letters of recommendation. Letters of recommendation should include name, relationship to applicant, best contact number and email. At least one letter of recommendation must be a professional relationship such as manager, co-worker, or client. Please note that incomplete applications will not be forwarded to the review committee. We look forward to hearing from you and learning more about your achievements, goals, and involvement in the local community.
*All fields must be completed to submit application. Deadline is COB October 30, 2021.
If you experience issues with the online application, please click below to complete and submit the paper application.
2019 Scholarship Recipients
Sofia Gordy, Gabrielle Suplee, and Isabel Emond, Not pictured: Alyvia Ciurca
2018 Scholarship Recipients
Jessica Bennett, Ryan Duncan, Madilyn Ortega, and Emma Stubblebine
2017 Scholarship Recipients:
Elizabeth Barb, Hannah Black, William Cordial, Logan Gordy, Zoe Jackson, Lindsay Jones, and Rodney A. Murray
2016 Scholarship Recipients:
Sara Sabia (workforce scholarship), Caroline Hammond, Olivia Kurtz, Erin Smith, and Zainab Mizra
2015 Scholarship Recipients:
Chelsi Rosen and Matthew Krall