SIOUX CENTER, Iowa -- The Sioux Center Chamber of Commerce announced a new program to help lure native college students back to the community.

The chamber will annually award $6,000 -- to be distributed over a four-year period -- to a college graduate who is originally from Sioux Center and has accepted employment in Sioux Center.

Recruiting and retaining talent for local businesses continues to be a strategic priority of the Sioux Center Chamber.

This grant is open to anyone who:

• has or will graduate from a two- or four-year college in 2016, 2017, or 2018;

• lived in the 51250 ZIP code when they graduated from high school;

• has accepted an offer for a position in Sioux Center;

• has student debt more than $6,000.

The will be paid directly to the student’s lender. Applicants must remain employed by the same employer for the four-year period in order to receive the full grant amount.

An advisory team was developed to help draft the grant.

Eligible applicants can complete an application at Applications must be received by March 1, and the award will be announced by April 30.


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