SECU Foundation Awards $10,000 Scholarship to Area High School Student

Published 6:02 pm Tuesday, May 21, 2019

From State Employee Credit Union

State Employees’ Credit Union members via the SECU Foundation, presented a $10,000 four-year college scholarship to Kelli Phelps , a senior at Columbia High School . The scholarship was awarded for study at East Carolina University , part of North Carolina’s 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 scholastic achievement. The funds are provided for tuition and university approved educational expenses over eight consecutive semesters. High School scholarships awarded for the 2019 academic year represent a $4.35 million investment in the educational goals of college-bound students.

State Employees’ Credit Union’s local Advisory Board member Oliver Holley comments, “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 school seniors as they continue their academic journey through the University of North Carolina System. On behalf of SECU Foundation, it gives me great pleasure to award this scholarship to Kelli Phelps .”

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.

A not-for-profit financial cooperative owned by its members, SECU has been providing employees of the state of North Carolina and their families with consumer financial services for nearly 82 years. The Credit Union also offers a diversified line of financial advisory services including retirement and education planning, tax preparation, insurance, trust and estate planning services, and investments through its partners and affiliated entities. SECU serves over 2.4 million members through 266 branch offices, nearly 1,100 ATMs, 24/7 Member Services via phone and a website, . The SECU Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization funded by the contributions of SECU members, promotes local community development in North Carolina primarily through high impact projects in the areas of housing, education, healthcare and human services. Since 2005, SECU Foundation has made a collective financial commitment of more than $154 million for initiatives to benefit North Carolinians statewide.