The Main Line Chamber Foundation, a 501(c)(3) affiliate of The Main Line Chamber of Commerce that was created to award scholarships to deserving local individuals. The Main Line Run, which celebrated its 15th anniversary this year, is the Foundation’s largest source of funds.
Money raised is now dedicated primarily to The Main Line Emergency Responders Scholarship Program, which provides scholarships to volunteer firefighters and emergency medical technicians at 17 firehouses in the region.
The program rewards volunteers for their service with scholarships for higher education at four-year colleges, two-year colleges and specialized job training programs. These volunteers help keep our communities safe and taxes in check, because of the money they help save local governments.
Scholarships are given out as part of a Hometown Heroes ceremony held in June each year. In 2012, $30,000 in scholarships were awarded to 24 young men and women in uniform as their parents, captains and chiefs watched. Each was given a check for at least $1,000. Most of the volunteers are working, going to school, and committed to serving as a volunteer firefighter with their local fire company. Award recipients often have a family member who is also a firefighter and they often start volunteering as teens.
The Chamber Foundation also provides scholarships for local high school students who attend Pennsylvania Free Enterprise Week, a summer program designed to teach students about running businesses and gaining understanding of the role of businesses in society.
If you would like to contribute to the Volunteer Firefighter/EMT Scholarship Program or for additional information, please contact The Main Line Chamber Foundation at 610-687-6232.