­Harford Chamber Raises $14,100 for Scholarships; Honors Recipients and HCPS Teacher of the Year with Golden Apple Award

The Harford County Chamber of Commerce hosted its Annual Education & Scholarship Presentation virtually on Friday, June 11th, sponsored by Towson University of Northeastern Maryland and Harford Community College.   This event celebrates the Harford Chamber Education Foundation scholarship recipients and Harford County Public Schools Teacher of the Year. Furthermore, this is a chance for the business community to come together with future leaders, while showing their support for the educational development in Harford County.

Through the Harford Chamber Education Foundation, scholarships are awarded annually to deserving high school seniors and returning adults in Harford County. As a business association, The Harford Chamber is proud to offer these scholarships for the education of young adults, with the hope that they will become contributing members of our local business community. This year, 11 scholarships were awarded in 7 categories.

The 2021 Harford County Public Schools Teacher of the Year, Lauren Byrd, was honored for excellence in the teaching profession. Mrs. Byrd is currently a first grade teacher at Hickory Elementary School. She shared her own inspiring story, and addressed scholarship recipients: “Perhaps one day in the future, you will return to this place, and become part of a new scholar’s story.” Mrs. Byrd was presented with The Golden Apple Award, sponsored by Lee Tayson, Liberty Mutual Insurance Agent, and Freedom Federal Credit Union.

Watch the full recorded Education and Scholarship Breakfast here.

The Harford Chamber would like to thank their scholarship sponsors: Harford County Public Library, Harford Bank, Freedom Federal Credit Union, APG Federal Credit Union, Huntington Learning Center, Towson University Northeastern Maryland, and the Harford County Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation.

The Chamber’s Harford Young Professional Committee (HYP) hosted a Mini Golf Event on May 25th, which also raised scholarship funds through sponsor contributions. Thank you to the 2021 Mini Golf sponsors: Weyrich, Cronin, and Sorra; Towson University in Northeastern Maryland; The Kelly Group; Supporting Strategies Chesapeake Region; Safe Harbors Business Travel; PeoplesBank; Peak Management; Lynch Design & Build; Harford County Public Library; Four Seasons Landscape & Construction Services; Fastsigns White Marsh & Joppa; Eco-Cool HVAC; Crabby Axe Throwing; Comcast Business; Campion Insurance; Boyle Buick GMC; APG Federal Credit Union; Accent Printers; and Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses.

About the Harford County Chamber of Commerce: The Harford County Chamber of Commerce has worked continually as the recognized voice of business in Harford County since 1976. The Harford Chamber is the premier business advocate in the county, helping members connect and thrive to create a vibrant economy across all sectors. For more information, please contact Kate Rodriguez at

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