ēCO and the ēCO Credit Union Foundation presented college scholarships totaling $7,500.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — ēCO Credit Union and the ēCO Credit Union Foundation both strongly believe in the importance of education. In March of 2021, ēCO Credit Union awarded two $2,500 A.L. Bratcher Scholarships, while the ēCO Credit Union Foundation awarded one $2,500 ēCO Credit Union Foundation Scholarship.
The A.L. Bratcher Scholarship has been awarded to high school seniors since 2011. The 2021-2022 A.L. Bratcher Scholarship recipients are Yasmin Bolden and Josie McGuire. Bolden is a senior at Shades Valley High School. In addition to excelling academically, she is also involved in her church youth group, participates in Visual Ensemble, Health Occupations Students of America, and Future Business Leaders of America, and has a part-time job. She plans to attend the University of Alabama at Birmingham to study Healthcare Administration. McGuire will graduate from Leeds High School in May. She has maintained an impressive 4.4 GPA, while also actively participating in extracurricular activities and volunteering in the community. She plans to attend the University of Alabama at Birmingham to study Neuroscience on a Pre-Medicine track; she has already been accepted into their Early Medical School Acceptance Program.
The ēCO Credit Union Foundation Scholarship was established in 2017 to help adults returning to school to change career paths or improve in their fields. Jamaica Dunigan is the 2021-2022 ēCO Credit Union Foundation Scholarship recipient. She currently works as the Academic Coordinator at the University of Montevallo TRIO Upward Bound Programs. Through her job, she supports first-generation, low-income high school students from Bibb, Chilton, and Shelby Counties as they complete high school and prepare to enter college. She plans to attend the University of Southern Mississippi to pursue a Doctor of Education.
“We are continually impressed by the quality of the applications we receive for the A.L. Bratcher and ēCO Credit Union Foundation Scholarships,” said Joey Hand, ēCO Credit Union CEO. “We are thrilled to support three of our members as they further their education to make an impact in the community.”
Applications for the 2021-2022 scholarship cycle will be available in December.
About ēCO Credit Union
ēCO Credit Union is a not-for-profit, democratically controlled financial cooperative, which exists solely to provide safe, cost-efficient and personal financial services to its members. ēCO Credit Union was founded in 1939, and today has almost 16,000 members and over $170 million in assets. ēCO is open to the community and proudly serves members in Jefferson, Shelby, Cullman, Walker and Blount counties. Additional information about ēCO and its line of products and services can be found at www.ecocu.org.
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