Credit Union of Georgia Surprises High School Senior with Scholarship Announcement
MARIETTA, Ga. – May 18, 2020 – What better start to the week than being surprised with a $1,000 scholarship? Credit Union of Georgia surprised Sophie Edwards on Tuesday morning to award her the Credit Union of Georgia Scholarship in connection with the Marietta Schools Foundation. Edwards was selected for her essay on “How #DoYouCU making a difference?” along with her impressive resume.
Community is important to Credit Union of Georgia. When creating a scholarship for the Marietta Schools Foundation the Credit Union wanted to award a student who cares about their community and is making a difference in the future. Edwards received raving recommendations from her teachers, possessed great grades throughout her high school career, but what stuck out most was her desire to help children and end chronic hunger in the community. “I love to help children reach their fullest potential,” wrote Edwards in her “How #DoYouCU making a difference?” essay. With a desire to help others she has decided to pursue a career in medicine to serve underserved communities and make a difference in the lives on children. Edwards will be attending the University of Georgia in the fall to begin her journey towards her dream.
“I met Sophie in July of 2020 when she was selling Marietta High School masks to benefit the Square Meal Project. I reached out to purchase a mask and ask her how the Credit Union could assist with the Square Meal Project. Once the Square Meal Project bus was completed, the Credit Union hosted a Food Drive at the Marietta Branch. We are hoping to have more events this summer before Sophie heads off to college.” said Kathy Winiarczyk, Business Development Officer.
Edwards began working to end chronic childhood hunger in kindergarten when she learned a classmate was participating in the free and reduced lunch program. From then on she dedicated her time to the cause by providing more than 3,000 meals for summer lunch programs, raising more than $10,000 through five bake sales, speaking at multiple fundraising events, volunteering over 2,100 hours, forming the Square Meal Project when she was only eight years old and recently repurposing a retired school bus to create a mobile food pantry and summer meal delivery service with Marietta City Schools. Her dedication to the movement is inspiring! Congratulations, Sophie!
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About Credit Union of Georgia
Credit Union of Georgia has been a part of the Northwest Georgia Community since 1960 and serves those who live and work in Bartow, Cherokee, Cobb, Douglas, Fannin, Forsyth, Fulton, Gilmer, Lumpkin, Paulding, Pickens and Union Counties. Credit Union of Georgia is a state-chartered credit union organized under the Georgia Department of Banking and Finance, and its deposit accounts are federally insured through the National Credit Union Share Insurance Fund. As a not-for-profit financial institution, Credit Union of Georgia is uniquely different in that any money earned by the Credit Union is returned to its members/owners in the form of competitive dividends and lower lending interest rates.
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