Scholarship Honors Legacy of Penny Valentine Long-Time Chamber of Commerce Executive Director

Applications Being Accepted for Students Seeking Career in Law Enforcement

North Miami – The Greater North Miami Chamber of Commerce (GNMCC) will be awarding the annual Penny Valentine Scholarship to any person from the North Miami area who is entering the police academy independently and needs assistance paying for the cost of equipment or uniforms.

The award is in memory of Penny Valentine, (July 24, 1921-November 22, 2020) who served in many Chamber leadership roles for more than 40 years, including as Executive Director.

“Penny was a trailblazer who forged a path that has shaped the City of North Miami into what it is today,” said David Burney, Chairman, The Greater North Miami Chamber of Commerce. “We chose the scholarship to sponsor a student going into law enforcement to pay homage in recognition of her passion, which assured the safety, security and growth of our great city.”

To qualify, applicants must:

  • Be a North Miami resident
  • A graduate of North Miami Senior High School or Alonzo Mourning High School
  • Currently over the age of 21
  • Either have an honorable discharge from military service or maintained a 3.0 GPA in undergraduate studies

Submit application along with an academic resume and a 500-1,000 word essay detailing why a career in law enforcement is your passion.

Deadline to submit is March 31, 2021.

For more information, call David Burney at 305-891-7811 or e-mail

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College Name:
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Authorization: I certify that all information in this application is accurate to the best of my knowledge. 

In accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), I, the undersigned, hereby release (if applicable) the following educational records to The Greater North Miami Chamber of Commerce for the purpose of donor reporting:

  1. Transcripts
  2. Enrollment Status
  3. Academic Achievement and Progress (information needed to maintain scholarship)

I understand further that (1) I have the right not to consent to the release of my education records, and I understand that my refusal to consent will jeopardize my eligibility for this scholarship; (2) I have the right to receive a copy of such records upon request; and (3) that this consent shall remain in effect until a written revocation is provided and delivered to The Greater North Miami Chamber of Commerce office, 13100 W Dixie Highway, North Miami, Fl 33161.

I further consent to undergo a legal background check.

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