Hamlet, N.C. (July 26, 2017) – Through its member-funded SECU Foundation, State Employees Credit Union has awarded five local students an SECU Continuing Education Scholarship valued at $750 to study at Richmond Community College.
The scholarship recipients are Rebecca Stephens of Rockingham, Amber Peele of Hamlet, Tolla Bullard of Pembroke, Irish Manning of Laurinburg and Stephen Sessoms of Laurinburg. All five students are earning their Nursing Assistant I credentials at RichmondCC.
Launched in 2013, the scholarship program focuses on assisting the needs of North Carolina’s unemployed and underemployed citizens, military veterans and members of the North Carolina National Guard seeking short-term job training for new careers or retraining to advance current job skills. Scholarship funding will be applied to tuition and other expenses associated with their eligible program of study through the Community College System’s Back-To-Work Programs and continuing education courses.
“The SECU Continuing Education Scholarship program is an integral part of the Foundation’s community college scholarship program, supporting our state’s unemployed and underemployed citizens with vocational and job skills training programs needed for today’s workplace,” said Dr. Hal Shuler, who serves on the State Employees Credit Union’s local advisory board and is associate vice president of development at RichmondCC. “We are proud to collaborate with North Carolina educators to help make a positive difference in the lives of these scholarship recipients as they work to build a better economic future for themselves, their families and our communities.”
With this $435,000 commitment for Continuing Education Scholarships and SECU Foundation’s annual &580,000 “People Helping People” Community College Scholarships, funding for the NC Community College System now totals more than $1 million.
About SECU and the SECU Foundation
A not-for-profit financial cooperative owned by its members, SECU has been providing the employees of the state of North Carolina and their families with consumer financial services for 79 years. With 2.2 million members, SECU provides services through 257 branches, nearly 1,100 ATMs, 24/7 member services via phone and its website, www.ncsecu.org. The SECU Foundation, a 501c (3) charitable organization funded solely by the contributions of SECU members, promotes local community development in North Carolina primarily through high impact projects in the areas of housing, education, health and human services.