A Spelman College junior from Henry County became the first winner this year of a Delta Community-KISS 104.1 HBCU Scholarship.
Delta Community CEO Hank Halter presented a $2,500 check to Desiree Raymond during a ceremony at the Delta Community Credit Union Vinings Branch this week, according to a South Metro Neighbor article.
“I’m delighted to present Desiree with assistance reaching her personal goal of becoming a physician and we wish her great success in her career,” Halter said in a statement.
Raymond, a 2015 graduate of Union Grove High School in McDonough, said she’s always wanted to be a doctor. Recently, she’s decided to specialize in trauma surgery.
“This scholarship will help alleviate some of the stress of funding my college education,” she said in a statement. “As a member of Delta Community, I am especially grateful for this support.”
Delta’s HBCU scholarship program is carried out on the Atlanta radio station four times each year, with application periods opening each quarter. Winners are chosen based on essays they submit, according to the South Metro Neighbor article.
Throughout 2018, Delta Community Credit Union will distribute $10,000 to students attending historically black colleges and universities. That’ll be $500 more per student than was awarded in 2017.
Halter said the donation is an important one for Delta.
“This grant is one of many ways we achieve our corporate goal of strengthening local communities through education and financial support,” he said in a statement.