Special to the Tribune
NBHS – State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU) members, through the SECU Foundation, presented not one but two $10,000 four-year college scholarship to two seniors at North Buncombe High School last month.
Shelby Clark (left) was awarded a scholarship for study at UNC-Chapel Hill. Also awarded a $10,000 four-year scholarship was Emma Allen (right). Her scholarship was awarded for study at Appalachian State University. Both schools are part of the 16-campus University of North Carolina System.
The SECU Foundation High School Scholarship is available to graduating public high school seniors who are either members of SECU or eligible for membership through a parent or guardian. Funded by Credit Union members, the $10,000 “People Helping People®” Scholarship recognizes the recipient’s community involvement, leadership, character and integrity, as well as academic achievement. The funds are provided for tuition and university-approved educational expenses over eight consecutive semesters.
State Employees’ Credit Union’s local Advisory Board member Durwin Rice said, “SECU members have a deep commitment to education in North Carolina and truly believe in the cooperative spirit of helping others. The Foundation’s annual ‘People Helping People’ Scholarship program is an opportunity to share in the dreams and aspirations of hundreds of high schol seniors.”
Since its inception in 2005, the SECU Foundation “People Helping People” High School Scholarship program has provided over $56 million in scholarships for North Carolina high school seniors.