Established 2004

Harry Schickling Scholarship Awarded 2019!

Pictured from left to right: Scott Hall (Board Chair), Wende Gaylor (President/CEO Chamber), Brad Grohs (Recipient), Kim Eckart (Fostek Corp.)
Developing a trained, skilled workforce to support business and industry in our community is a top priority for the Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce. In an effort to encourage students to pursue careers in manufacturing, modern industrial maintenance, and technology, Fostek Corporation and the Bedford Area Chamber developed a scholarship to support students who show a demonstrated interest in furthering their education and training in areas that are pointed at careers in Engineering, Maintenance, and/or Technology.
The Harry Schickling Scholarship was established in 2014 in memory of Mr. Schickling to benefit students graduating from a Bedford County school who will be attending higher education in Virginia. In order to be eligible, the student must plan on pursuing a career in Engineering, Maintenance, and/or Technology. Emphasis on equipment maintenance/technical services, electrical, controls, software, and/or process engineering will have a very positive influence on the awarding of this scholarship.
The Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation along with partner, Fostek Corporation recently awarded Brad Grohs, a 2019 Liberty High School graduate with The Harry Schickling Scholarship. This scholarship was established in memory of Mr. Schickling, a Fostek executive and proud member of the Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce. Scholarship recipient, Brad Grohs will be attending Virginia Tech University this fall to study Computer Science. The Bedford Area Chamber wishes Brad the best of luck in his future endeavors and cannot wait to see all that he accomplishes in his future! 
If you would like more information on our BACC Foundation or the Harry Schickling Scholarship please contact us at or our website

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