A summer experience for rising high school seniors

June 23-25, 2020

The Huntingdon College Economic and Community Development Scholars (ECDS) Program exposes rising high school seniors to the importance of economic and community development; introduces them to the economic and community development process; engages them in considering economic development and community development as a profession; and presents economic and community development educational opportunities and experiences at Huntingdon College and in the River Region.

Economic and community development professionals and citizens who are aware of community needs and systems impact the vitality and growth of the communities in which they live and practice. Huntingdon College designed ECDS in partnership with the Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama, the Economic Development Association of Alabama, and the Alabama Department of Commerce in order to offer early awareness of community needs and opportunities in young people who are beginning their professional journeys.


Chambers of Commerce across Alabama are invited to nominate a rising high school senior (one per Chamber) to participate in the program through a selection process designed by the Chamber. Chamber sponsorship nominations are due by March 1, 2020, using the ECDS Chamber Sponsorship Form. ECDS Chamber Packet. ECDS Brochure for Students.

The Program

Program participants will hear from leaders in the Economic Development Association of Alabama, the Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama, the Alabama Department of Commerce, and other city, county, and state leaders. Participants will learn through economic development simulations; networking with young and seasoned economic professionals; and exchanging ideas with their peers. Fun evening excursions will provide opportunities to meet and build friendships with rising high school seniors from across Alabama who share aptitudes and interests.

Program participants will stay in campus residence halls, with meals and lodging included in the overall cost of $250, paid by the sponsoring Chamber of Commerce. There is no cost to the student. The program spans three days and two nights.

Questions? Contact ECDS director Anthony Leigh at or Luke Ates at

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