Elizabeth Ream of Blythewood is $1,000 closer to attending her “dream school,” the University of Notre Dame.

The newly minted Spring Valley High School graduate has earned the Blythewood Chamber of Commerce scholarship. The chamber awards the scholarship annually to a Blythewood-area high school senior planning to study business in college. Selection is based on scholastic achievement, financial need, an interview, school involvement, community service and an essay.

Ream, 17, is the daughter of Robert Donchess and Danielle Ream. She was a member of the cross country and track teams at Spring Valley. She also was a National Merit Scholarship finalist, and an officer in the school’s National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society and Interact (Rotary) clubs.

Ream plans to major in environmental engineering with a business concentration at Notre Dame.

“I love anything to do with the outdoors, and I wanted to be in a STEM [science, technology, engineering, math] field, and this major combines the two,” she said. “I also want to get an education that builds character. I want to make a difference in the world.”

The chamber announced the award Tuesday at its first combination in-person and online meeting since the pandemic began in March.

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