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CCBFA Announces 2021 Scholarship

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The Chicago Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association is pleased to announce our annual scholarship program to benefit the employees and immediate families of our regular members or associate members in the Greater Chicago area.

The Chicago Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association would like to recognize excellence in education and encourage continuing studies. Our Scholarship Program is designed toassist deserving students in meeting their educational goals.

WHICH COMPANIES QUALIFY?

  • A qualifying Regular or Associate Member company must be in good member standing for the previous 12 months and be physically located in the Chicagoland area.
  • A qualifying candidate must be employed at a Member company or an immediate family member , as described below, of  an employee of the qualifying company.

WHICH APPLICANTS QUALIFY?

To qualify for the scholarship, students must meet the following criteria:

  • The candidate must be enrolled in a 2-year or 4-year college, university, or an accredited junior college program. Qualified high school seniors of the class of 2021, who are enrolled for the fall 2021 term. will also be considered. Regrettably, we cannot accept applicants who are working on a postgraduate degree.
  • A minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA (based on a 4.0 scale) is required for college students and high school seniors.
  • Applicants must be an employee of a member firm, their spouse, their children, or their legal stepchildren who reside within the bounds of metro Chicago.  Grandchildren, brothers, sisters and similar relations are not included.

HOW TO APPLY:

Download the 2021 Scholarship Application including your most recent transcript (or report card for graduating high school seniors) and a personal narrative as detailed on the application.

We welcome your application! Please email the completed application and all other required forms to Scholarship2021@ccbfa.org. The committee will evaluate all applications received on or before April 9, 2020. The scholarship awardees will be announced on May 30, 2021. Scholarship payments will be made to the educational institution identified on the application. Note that any funds that are not used in the first semester of the 2021/2022 school year must be returned to the association.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us at the above email.

About Merit Pardo

Merit Tremper is a member of the Chicago Customs Broker and Forwarders Association (CCBFA) board of Directors serving as the Committee Co-Chair for Education, the Committee Co-Chair for the website and the membership committee. She is a member of the National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of America (NCBFAA), is the Area 5 Representative to the Board of Directors and sits on the Transportation Committee, Domestic Transportation Working Group, Drawback Committee, Air Freight Subcommittee and Customs Committees. Merit is also the co-chair on the CESAC NVOCC Committee.

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