Five Sampson County students got a great educational surprise recently when a local financial institution’s foundation presented them with scholarships.
Funded solely by State Employees’ Credit Union members, the SECU Foundation presented a $10,000 four-year college scholarship to a student at each of the county’s traditional public high schools. A selection committee at each high school determined the recipient and local SECU advisory board members assisted with the certificate presentations.
SECU’s “People Helping People” Scholarship recognizes community involvement, leadership skills, integrity and academic achievement.
Board member Robert Butler presented the scholarship certificate to Midway High senior Brittany Jeanine Cottle. Brittany is the daughter of Terry and Cindy Cottle. The scholarship was awarded for study at UNC-Wilmington.
Board member Denise Rackley presented the scholarship certificate to Union High senior Reagan Taylor Malpass. Reagan is the daughter of Randy Malpass and Tammy Tew. The scholarship was awarded for study at UNC-Wilmington.
Board member Freddie Bogue presented the scholarship certificate to Clinton High senior Jacob Taylor Blount. Jacob is the son of Stuart and Toni Blount. The scholarship was awarded for study at UNC-Chapel Hill.
Board member George Pinyatello presented the scholarship certificate to Hobbton High senior Miranda Brooke Rose. Miranda is the daughter of Stephen and Cathy Rose. Her scholarship was awarded for study at Appalachian State University.
Board member Becky Lockamy presented the scholarship certificate to Lakewood High senior Abbey Michelle Ammons. Abbey is the daughter of Michael and Amy Ammons. Her scholarship is for study at UNC-Chapel Hill.
A not-for-profit financial cooperative owned by its members, SECU has been providing the employees of the state of North Carolina and their families with consumer financial services for 77 years. With 1.9 million members, SECU provides services through 254 branches, including one in Clinton.
The SECU Foundation is a charitable organization which promotes local community development primarily through high impact projects in the areas of education, health and human services.