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Alexandra Burd
2015 recipient for
Hickory Ridge High School
Harrisburg, NC
Attending North Carolina State University

I am more than appreciative of the State Employees’ Credit Union Foundation for awarding me with the SECU "People Helping People®" Scholarship. These funds will assist me in continuing my education at North Carolina State University where I hope to pursue a major in microbiology. This scholarship will be useful by reducing the financial burden of college and allowing me to focus more of my time on my academics, extracurricular activities, and community service. Thank you again to the SECU Foundation for the exceptionally generous contribution to my education.


Robert Baraldi
2012 recipient for
NC School of Science and Math
Durham, NC
Attending North Carolina State University

I am not only honored but extremely grateful to be a recipient of the SECU "People Helping People Scholarship". I would like to express my appreciation to the SECU Foundation for granting me this scholarship, which will help fund my tuition at North Carolina State University. With the help of this scholarship, I plan to major in Molecular Biology and Mathematics, as well as maintain my involvement in extracurricular activities. This will also allow me to continue helping others in my home and school communities. Thank you again SECU Foundation for making this possible!


Jasmine Alyssa Bogan
2012 recipient for
Reid Ross Classical School
Fayetteville, NC
Attending Fayetteville State University

I am honored to be a recipient of the State Employees’ Credit Union "People Helping People" Scholarship from Reid Ross Classical School for the 2012-2013 Academic Year and would like to take this opportunity to thank the High School Selection Committee for choosing me for this prestigious award. I appreciate your confidence in me and willingness to contribute to my future education. I will be attending Fayetteville State University in the fall of 2012 and plan on majoring in Biology in hopes of one day opening my own veterinary hospital. I am grateful for the opportunities this award will provide me since I rely on financial aid, grants and scholarships to help finance my education. Receiving this scholarship will help reduce my financial burdens and provide assistance for me as I continue pursuing my education. Thank you, SECU Foundation, through the members of the State Employees’ Credit Union.


Brandon Cordell
2012 recipient for
Cox Mill High School
Concord, NC
Attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

I am very proud to have been awarded one of the 2012 “People Helping People” scholarships. To have been recognized with this $10,000 scholarship from SECU was a great surprise and very much appreciated. I will be attending UNC Chapel Hill this fall, and this scholarship will help me pay my tuition and allow me to work less hours during the semester to have time to continue my volunteer activities. SECU is helping me achieve both my educational and personal goals.


Christopher Dean
2012 recipient for
East Lincoln High School
Denver, NC
Attending the University of North Carolina at Charlotte

I am extremely grateful to the SECU Foundation for selecting me as a 2012 scholarship recipient. When my high school counselor notified me that I had won $10,000 in scholarship funds, I was especially thankful. The principal at East Lincoln High School made a public announcement that I had won the SECU "People Helping People" Scholarship, which allowed my peers to join in celebrating the occasion. My family appreciated the financial assistance and was so proud of my accomplishment. The Lee College of Engineering has additional expenses, so the generosity of the SECU Foundation has relieved the financial burden associated with attending The University of North Carolina in the fall of 2012. Thank you so much. I have attached a graduation pose to show my elation.


Graham Lutz
2012 recipient for
Cedar Ridge High School
Hillsborough, NC
Attending North Carolina State University

I would like to express my appreciation to the SECU Foundation. I am extremely grateful to be selected as one of the 2012 recipients of the “People Helping People” Scholarship. This scholarship will definitely help relieve the financial burden of paying for college. I will be attending NC State University next year, with the help of this scholarship, and plan to major in engineering. Along with continuing my education, I plan to stay involved with extracurricular activities that allow me to continue helping others. Thank you so much SECU for helping fund my college education!


Adam Hockaday
2011 recipient for
South Johnston High School
Four Oaks, NC
Attending North Carolina State University

I would like to express my sincere thanks for this gracious award. It will help a lot in my educational requirements. My entire family would like to say how much we appreciate this assistance. I have attached a picture of our family (I am the third person from the right). My family will have four kids in college this year and this assistance could not have come at a better time.


Rani Patel
2011 recipient for
NC School of Science and Mathematics
Durham, NC
Attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

It was not only a surprise but also a great honor to receive the "People Helping People" Scholarship! The support and generosity of the SECU Foundation has allowed me to follow my dreams and explore my hidden passions. Thanks to the scholarship, I will be pursuing a Bachelor's degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill this fall where I plan on studying Public Health with a focus in Nutrition. To quote my essay for this scholarship, "As I continue to submerge myself in academic and extracurricular activities throughout college, it is with the philosophy 'People Helping People' that I have and will continue to step forward to make a difference in the world we live in today." Thanks again, SECU, for believing in me!
Past Testimonials

If you are a recipient and would like to provide your testimonial, please email us at:

SECUfoundation@ncsecu.org
 


SECU Foundation funded solely by SECU members established the "People Helping People®" scholarship program to assist students across North Carolina obtain their educational goals. Since being established the "People Helping People" scholarship program represents an annual commitment of over $5 million, with a collective total of over $50 million since the initial scholarship funding began in 2005.

High School Scholarship Program

Members of State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU) established the People Helping People four-year scholarship program to help North Carolina public high school students attend college. Each of the 115 North Carolina Local Education Agencies (LEAs)/School Districts will receive a minimum of one scholarship valued at $10,000 payable at $1,250 for up to eight consecutive semesters for a senior to attend one of the 16 constituent campuses of the University of North Carolina System.

Recipients of the scholarship will be selected by the LEA Scholarship Selection Committee provided they meet all eligibility criteria. Scholarship recipient information must be submitted by the Scholarship Selection Committee at each LEA. No individual "applications" are reviewed by the Foundation.

See the recipients for the current year or view past recipients.



Testimonials


Community College Scholarship Program

The SECU Foundation has established a major scholarship program to assist s students in each of the fifty-eight community colleges in the North Carolina Community College System. There are 116 two-year scholarships valued at up to $5,000 each. Each North Carolina community college will receive two scholarships, representing an annual financial commitment to the entire community college system of up to $580,000.

Scholarship recipient information (Community College Scholarship Packet) must be submitted by the Scholarship Selection Committee at each school. No individual "applications" are reviewed by the Foundation.

See the recipients for the current year or view past recipients.



Testimonials

CONTINUING EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

In 2013, SECU Foundation introduced the SECU Continuing Education Scholarship program. Designed to help meet the needs of North Carolina’s unemployed and underemployed citizens, SECU Foundation will fund ten $750 Continuing Education Scholarships to be awarded to eligible students at each of the 58 NC Community College campuses.

SECU Continuing Education Scholarship program will focus on assisting unemployed and underemployed adults, military veterans, and members of the National Guard with marketable job skills for future employment. Participants must be enrolled in a program that leads to a state recognized or industry supported credentials. Interested candidates should contact the Continuing Education Department at their local N.C. Community College for more information.




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