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Carolinas Foundation, credit unions support nearly 300 members in achieving educational dreams

Thursday, July 18, 2019   (1 Comments)
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In partnership with the Carolinas Credit Union Foundation, credit unions disbursed more than $300,000 in academic and needs-based scholarships for 290 members in the Carolinas.

The Foundation’s Scholarship Fund Management Program, which is comprised of a collection of funds from individual credit unions, was established to help credit union members in North and South Carolina with higher education expenses. Credit union members are awarded scholarships based on academic performance (a GPA of 3.0 is required for consideration), community activities, leadership, and an essay. Furthermore, any applicant who applies for a scholarship from their credit union is automatically entered into the pool for consideration of a Carolinas Credit Union Foundation Scholarship.

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View the 2019-2020 Scholarship Recipients

This year’s record number of awarded scholarships were made available from the following funds:

  • Allegacy Federal Credit Union’s Mel Hughes Scholarship Fund
  • Blue Flame Credit Union Scholarship Fund
  • Carolina Foothills Federal Credit Union Scholarship Fund
  • Carolinas Telco Federal Credit Union Legacy Scholarship Fund
  • Charlotte Metro Federal Credit Union Herman Hoose Scholarship Fund
  • Coastal Credit Union Scholarship Fund
  • Health Facilities Federal Credit Union
  • Local Government Federal Credit Union Scholarship Fund
  • Members Credit Union’s Betty Stevenson Scholarship Fund & General Scholarship Fund
  • Piedmont Advantage Credit Union's Members Come First Scholarship Fund
  • SPC Credit Union Scholarship Fund
  • Summit Credit Union Elizabeth “Sis” Hamilton Fund.
  • Truliant Federal Credit Union Fred Sarda Scholarship Fund
  • The Carolinas Credit Union Foundation Scholarship Fund (academic and needs-based scholarships for members of any credit union in the Carolinas)

The Foundation’s Scholarship Fund is made possible by direct support from credit unions and business partners as well as supporters of the Community Investment Fund at Vizo Financial. The Foundation’s scholarship is available to any credit union member from North Carolina or South Carolina, including immediate family members of credit union employees. $10,000 is awarded annually for specific financial-need scholarships to credit union members who complete an additional page on the application to support a request for financial assistance.


2019-2020 Carolinas Credit Union Foundation Scholarship Fund Winners
Alex Arrowood Blue Flame CU
Mathew Atisa Coastal CU
Sarah Beverly Truliant FCU
Evie Blacka Carolinas Telco FCU
Gabriel Chacon Members CU
Cameron Crawley SPC CU
Zachary Cunningham SPC CU
Clarissa Dickerson Carolinas Telco FCU
Carson Dinger Carolina Foothills FCU
Maisha Epps Carolinas Telco FCU
Ashlyn Hinton Nova CU
EmmaLee Hovander Greensboro Municipal FCU
Mackenzie Joseph Piedmont Advantage CU
Preston Kelly SPC CU
Tiffany Kennedy Charlotte Metro FCU
Riley LaFratta Summit CU
Collin Lebzelter Acclaim FCU
Nathan Martin SAFE FCU
Luke Moorefield Allegacy FCU
Heather Pennington Local Government FCU
Brooke Schaffer Allegacy FCU
Kati Schy Truliant FCU
Reyna Whitfield State Employees' CU
Trevor Whitfield SC Telco FCU
Callie Wood Members CU



About the Foundation’s Scholarship Fund Management Program: Scholarship applications are submitted electronically via a secure online portal managed by the Carolinas Credit Union Foundation. Credit unions may also elect to use its own application. Scholarship fund management will consist of an affordable, turn-key approach from the Foundation including optional winner selection, notification to all student applicants and fund distribution to the student’s attending school. The 2020-2021 application will launch electronically in October of this year with a due date of early February 2020. If your credit union is interested in establishing a scholarship fund with the Foundation, please contact Lauren Whaley at


Sam Whitehurst says...
Posted Friday, July 19, 2019
Building on a great story. Great job helping make this happen Lauren!

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