U.S. Chamber of Commerce Member 2005



William S. Thomson Scholarship
The Berlin Chamber of Commerce Scholarship, funded through the Berlin Chamber Open golf  tournament, was named after William “Bill” Thomson of Thomson Financial  Services, Southington.  Bill Thomson died suddenly on Sunday morning, January 5th, 2003 after spending the previous evening enjoying his family & friends. 

At the time of his death, Bill was an insurance agent with his son Rob. He was the Berlin Chamber of Commerce’s 49th President and the Chamber’s Chairman of the Berlin Chamber Open.  He was also named the Chamber’s “Business Person of the Year” in 2001. 

Bill was involved with many Southington civic activities as well, including those of the Southington Chamber of Commerce, Rotary International, and more.  Bill always had time for his commitments to his family, his work, and his community service.

Bill loved to golf, loved his family and often was found meeting with friends over breakfast or dinner.  Bill’s level of volunteerism continues to inspire those who also receive the Berlin Chamber’s “William S. Thomson Community Service Award” each March, presented by his wife Ellie at the Chamber’s Annual Meeting.

Bill is still missed by many and we hope his level of volunteerism continues to inspire.

Eligibility Requirements:
*Must be a graduating Berlin High School Senior or an employee in, or an immediate family member of, a company or organization currently maintaining a Berlin Chamber membership.
*Pursuing a 2 or 4 year degree program.
*Accepted into an accredited college, university or vocational school.
*Applicant should display achievement in school and/or community-related
voluntary activities.
*Applicant must demonstrate respect and commitment to family and friends.
*The award must be used for educational purposes ONLY.

Application Procedures:
*Complete scholarship application form.
*Include a personal letter to the scholarship committee detailing your future goals
& reason for choice of study.
*Include two letters of recommendation, one letter must be from a teacher or guidance counselor. The second must be from someone that knows you personally.
*If you are a working adult, one letter must be from your employer or supervisor. The second letter must be from a personal, family member or member of the community.

*Two (2) scholarships of $750.00 & two (2) $500.00 scholarships will be awarded.

Application Due Date:
*Applications must be received by Friday, May 5, 2020.

Click here for application form


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