Metro EDGE Scholarship Fund

The Metro EDGE Scholarship Fund is a financial award program of the Sacramento Metro Chamber Foundation. This program was established to further EDGE’s mission to elevate young professionals and our region through engagement of a diverse network, development of critical business skills, giving back to the community, and empowerment to initiate and advance their path to leadership. Specifically, the Metro EDGE Scholarship Fund accomplishes this by connecting EDGE members to key decision makers and access to programs that further develop our members. Our efforts facilitate capacity to simultaneously celebrate our diversity of cultures, careers, personal passions, etc. and drive the inclusive, equitable, and innovative growth of the region.

Opportunities

Cap-to-Cap

  • Capitol-to-Capitol (Cap-to-Cap) in Washington DC is the Sacramento Metro Chamber’s signature event.
  • Cap-to-Cap is an annual delegation comprised of leaders, experts, and emerging influencers from the business sector, government, and community that assemble into teams by topic to discuss real-time successes and challenges related to federal policy in the Sacramento region.
  • This event provides participants an opportunity to meet and share with Congressional representatives the effects of federal policy.
  • Cap-to-Cap provides a unique opportunity to expand your network and gain access to some of the region’s best problem solvers, while sharing the Young Professional prospective.
  • The 2020 award will be $2995, leaving the recipient responsible for $1000 due prior to the trip from April 25th-29th.

Posts by past scholarship recipients: Joe Hernandez (2019 recipient), Anna Fontus (2018 recipient)

Study Mission

  • Study Mission is an immersive opportunity to join over a hundred of the region’s elected officials, community and business leaders on a trip to learn and experience first-hand best practices in similar successful cities.
  • The “mission” consists of behind-the-scenes tours, unique lectures and an immersive pulling-back-of-the-curtain to understand how that city is economically and culturally thriving.
  • The goal of Study Mission is to inspire action, investments and policy decisions in our own community.
  • This is an opportunity for young professionals to gain access and exposure to regional stakeholders—locally and nationally--- benefitting professionally by meeting more people, establishing more relationships and sharpening your civic-minded skills.
  • The award is usually around $2,000, but changes on an annual basis dependent on applicants and program costs.

Posts by past scholarship recipients: Giuliano Kornberg (2019 recipient), Tashina Brito (2018 recipient), Michael Weagraff (2017 recipient) and Heather Williams (2016 recipient)

Emerge Summit

  • The Emerge Summit is a full day conference designed by and for young professionals. The day is filled with inspirational speeches, educational breakouts and valuable opportunities to mix and mingle with your peers.
  • Emerge is the largest young professionals summit on the west coast, including the best and brightest young professionals in the region and beyond.
  • Spearheaded, developed and staffed by Metro EDGE with support from the Sacramento Metro Chamber Foundation, the Emerge Summit is a collaborative effort of numerous organizations committed to advocating and supporting young professionals and their growth in the community.
  • Learn more about Emerge Summit here.

 Immersion Day

  • Immersion Day is one of Metro EDGE’s biggest regional advocacy events.
  • EDGErs spend a half-day immersing themselves in a current and relevant regional topic.
  • Participants will interact with key executives from the industry or initiative, while visiting important sites related to the theme for a hands-on understanding of the topic.

Executive Insight

  • Executive Insight is an opportunity for EDGE members to connect with executives across industries and agencies to provide additional perspectives as they develop paths to leadership.
  • The program consists of an introductory panel discussion with our speakers, followed by a more intimate Q&A as each panelist rotates from table to table. During this time, attendees at each table can ask individual questions of the panelists.

Please confirm that you meet the eligibility and criteria information below before applying. Best of luck!

Apply for 2020 Cap-to-Cap - APPLICATIONS OPEN UNTIL FEBRUARY 17TH, 2020

Apply for 2020 Study Mission - APPLICATIONS CLOSED

A key component of this plan is increasing the participation of young professionals in signature Metro Chamber programs for the purpose of building connections, learning leadership and fostering economic prosperity. Yet, many young professionals are challenged by limited resources in their pursuit to gain the very resources they need to better their careers and communities. To help young professionals receive the benefits Metro Chamber programs have provided for so many others, Metro EDGE established an award program to gift funds to support its members' participation.

ELIGIBILITY

Awards will be given to applicants who show evidence of a commitment to the Metro EDGE mission, leadership abilities, and potential for future contributions to the Sacramento Region and community.

  1. Applicants must have been a Metro EDGE member in good standing.
  2. Applicants must be active in Metro EDGE[1].
  3. Applicants must certify availability to attend program[2].
  4. Applicants must be able to contribute or fund raise remaining program costs for participation by required due date.
  5. Applicants must complete program application.

CRITERIA

Applicants should be exemplary representatives of Metro EDGE as evidenced by:

  1. Metro EDGE Involvement: Evidence of upholding the Metro EDGE mission statement, interest in pursuing the Metro EDGE vision, and overall dedication to driving Metro EDGE and its mission forward.
  2. Professional and Community Engagement: Evidence of involvement, demonstrated accomplishments, and/or leadership positions held in Metro EDGE and other professional organizations, and/or community service.

Rules

The awards will not cover a recipient’s entire cost of attending the program. The award recipient will still be responsible to pay such remaining costs, estimated to be approximately $1000 in total but subject to change based on award amount. To facilitate the funds sponsorship and marketing, award recipients agree to write a blog article about their experience and takeaways from the program.

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[1] Active members are defined as those who have served, or are currently serving, on a Metro EDGE committee or those who have participated in Metro EDGE networking, professional development, philanthropy, or regional action events or activities.

[2] It is suggested applicants commit availability to attend program. This could be represented as agreement from their work supervisor to ensure that their workplace approves their time off for the program.