GKCU awards scholarships to class of 2014

  • Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Bailey Atkinson, MacKenzie Arnold, Tiffani McCray, Kayla Pope, Joanna Bauer, Stellings Lee, and Alexandra Hight. Back row: Guerry Green, Spencer Owens, James Carraway, and Brandon Cribb. PHOTO PROVIDED

GKCU is honored to recognize 10 area high school seniors from the graduating class of 2014 as this year's GKCU Scholarship recipients. Each recipient is awarded a $1,000 scholarship that can be used as a supplement to offset costs of tuition, books or room and board at any two- or four-year college.

The recipients for the 2014 GKCU College Scholarships are: Joanna Bauer of Andrews High School who will be attending Clemson University; Brandon Cribb of Georgetown High School who will be attending  Clemson University; Guerry Green of Waccamaw High School who will be attending Clemson University, Stellings Lee of Lowcountry Prep School who will be attending Washington & Lee University; Tiffani McCray of Georgetown High School who will be attending Francis Marion University; Spencer Owens of Carvers Bay  High School who will be attending Charleston Southern University; MacKenzie Arnold of Waccamaw High School who will be attending Francis Marion University; Bailey Atkinson of Williamsburg Academy who will be attending the University of South Carolina; James Carraway of Kingstree High School who will be attending Claflin University and Kayla Pope of Georgetown High School who will be attending Wofford College. Also recognized was Alexandra Hight of Waccamaw High School who exemplifies the credit union's “people helping people” philosophy by passing her scholarship to a classmate due to her receipt of a scholarship to North Carolina State University.   

“This year's class of 2014 are truly commendable for their determination, perseverance and commitment. We are proud to be able to continue  our commitment for financial education with these scholarships. All of the recipients are deserving of this recognition and are strong models of what you can accomplish with hard work, focus and determination” states Nikki Ewing, GKCU Marketing Director.

A three-person selection volunteer committee comprised selected the recipients based on their academic and extracurricular activities at school, community involvement and services and work and leadership experience.

“All of this year's applicants displayed a strong commitment to their educational and community involvement while still remaining passionate and excelling in individual interests. Due to the overwhelming caliber of applicants, our board of directors voted unanimously to increase the number of scholarships to give a total of $10,000 to the class of 2014. We are honored to continue to recognize outstanding area students for their accomplishments and help them take the next steps in their lives to higher education,” states Ewing.

In total, GKCU received 41 applications from nine high schools in both Georgetown and Williamsburg Counties. Applicants are required to be a GKCU member or son/daughter of a GKCU member. The application outlines interests in school and community, work and leadership experience, an essay on community service and a letter of recommendation. The recipients, and their families, were recognized during a special reception where GKCU Board and staff members personally congratulated them.

GKCU is a member-owned, full-service financial institution with branches in Georgetown, Andrews and Kingstree and Pawleys Island. Georgetown Kraft Credit Union is able to serve anyone who lives, works or attends school in Georgetown and Williamsburg counties.

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