Chamber to Honor Local Students at Annual Education & Innovation Luncheon

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Provided by Prince William Chamber of Commerce

Anees Chopra

Aneesh Chopra

The Prince William Chamber of Commerce will host their annual Education & Innovation Luncheon on Tuesday, April 12 at the Best Western Battlefield Inn at 10820 Balls Ford Road in Manassas. From 11:30 a. m.-1:30 p. m., members of the local business and education communities will gather to recognize the efforts of three outstanding local high school students and present them with $2,500 scholarships, supporting their pursuit of higher education. The event is also a showcase for local organizations focused on education and/or innovation.
Sponsored by Apple Federal Credit Union, the luncheon will also feature Keynote Speaker Aneesh Chopra, Vice President and Co-Founder of Hunch Analytics. Chopra was the first U.S. Chief Technology Officer. Under the leadership of President Barack Obama, he designed the National Wireless Initiative, helped launch Startup America, and executed an “open innovation” strategy across the government built on private sector collaboration. Chopra is also the author of the book “Innovative State: How Technologies Can Transform Government.”
The Education & Innovation Luncheon is planned by the Chamber’s Education & Innovation Committee which also manages the Chamber’s scholarship program. Through the scholarship program, the Chamber seeks to support higher education and development of the Prince William region’s future workers by awarding scholarships to graduating high school seniors who have shown a demonstrated commitment to both academic success and community involvement.
Suzanne Lewis, Director of Community Outreach for the Prince William Chamber of Commerce spoke of the Education & Innovation Luncheon saying, “Year after year we continue to be impressed by the caliber of students coming out of our local school systems. The young men and women receiving the Chamber scholarships are beyond inspiring. When our members sit and listen to the accomplishments of these students, the consensus is always the same: The future is safe in their hands.”
Tickets for the luncheon are available online at or by calling the Prince William Chamber of Commerce at 703-368-6600. Members may attend for $40; non-members may attend for $50.
Additional sponsors include Speaker Sponsor Virginia Lottery; Scholarship Sponsors Bookworm Central, Lockheed Martin and Northern Virginia Community College Manassas Campus; Community Partner Prince William Times/Gainesville Times and Education Vision Partner Comcast. Prince William Education Association sponsors the Education & Innovation Committee on an annual basis.

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