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Fourteen area high school seniors from the graduating class of 2019 were recently named as this year’s GKCU Scholarship recipients.

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GKCU is honored to recognize 14 area high school seniors from the graduating class of 2019 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 2019 GKCU College Scholarships are: Jyah Bonds of Georgetown High School who will be attending the University of South Carolina - Columbia; Janae Dorsey of Kingstree Senior High School who will be attending the College of Charleston; Gabriel Holmes of Georgetown High School who will be attending Winthrop University, Sully Hutto of Andrews High School who will be attending the University of South Carolina - Columbia; Casey Pelasara of Waccamaw High School who will be attending West Virginia at Wesleyan; Bret Kirtley of Georgetown High School who will be attending Clemson University; Georgia Anne Mattar of Waccamaw High School who will be attending Clemson University; Cody Glover of Carvers Bay High School who will be attending Clemson University; LaToya Tisdale of  Kingstree Senior High School who will be attending the University of South Carolina - Upstate; Kamryn Evans of Andrews High School who will be attending Clemson University; Leah Cooper of Andrews High School who will be attending Williamsburg Technical College (Nursing); Ashley Ney of Williamsburg Academy who will be attending the University of South Carolina - Columbia;  Joseph Blake of Andrews High School who will be attending University of South Carolina- Columbia; and Madalyn Dacie Smith of Andrews  High School who will be attending Columbia College.         

“The best investment we can make for our future is with our students. These scholarships are just one small way GKCU remains committed to reinvesting into the communities and families we serve,” states Kevin Owens, President/CEO of GKCU.

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. We are exceptional thrilled to be able to award $14,000 to graduating class of 2019 to help them reach their dreams by giving them the tools they need to take the next steps in their lives to higher education,” states Nikki Ewing, GKCU Vice President of Marketing.

In total, GKCU received 34 applications from eight 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 (two locations), Andrews, Kingstree, and Pawleys Island. Georgetown Kraft Credit Union is able to serve anyone who lives, works or attends school in Georgetown and Williamsburg counties.