BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA—Pelican State Credit Union granted a total of $15,000 to college-bound high school graduates in recognition of their outstanding academic achievements and community service efforts. 2020 makes the 13th year the credit union has been investing in the future leaders of its local communities through its Team Pelican Scholarship Program.
Scholarships in the amount of $1,000 were awarded to one member from each of Pelican’s 11 branch parishes, as well as one out-of-state member and a relative of a Pelican team member. The credit union also awarded two $1,000 awards designed for students who excelled in areas outside of their scholastic accomplishments.
The Heart for Service Award honors a student who displayed first-class service and dedication in their community, and the Pelican Perseverance Award recognizes a student who exemplified strength and determination to overcome life’s challenges. Both awards were given to one well-deserving graduate, who was also the recipient of her parish’s award, bringing the total number of scholarship winners to 13.
2020 Team Pelican Scholarship Award Recipients:
Brice Arceneaux, Catholic High School of New Iberia
Charity Cash, Captain Shreve High School
Elisa Castillion, Haynes Academy for Advanced Studies
Bryson Colwart, Allatoona High School (Georgia)
Madison Hebert, Ascension Christian High School
Olivia Hunter, Alexandria Senior High School
Gabrielle Mejia, Denham Springs High School
Julie Odom, Zachary High School
Ella Otken, Denham Springs High School
Claire Pitre, Ville Platte High School
Patrick Stevens, LaGrange High School
Emily Westerberg, Ouachita Parish High School
Lakeira Williams, East Feliciana High School
A volunteer committee made up of Pelican team members carefully reviewed applications from the 90 high school students that took the time to apply. The average ACT score for all applicants was 22, and the winners that were selected worked over 1,000 combined community service hours. Award recipients are encouraged to use their scholarship to cover tuition, textbooks, meal and housing plans, and more.
“As we conclude year 13 of this terrific program, we cannot express enough how proud we are to continue to help the young minds of tomorrow. Giving back is and always will be the foundation on which Pelican was built, and the Team Pelican Scholarship Award Program and its recipients are a true representation of that,” explained Pelican CEO Jeffrey K. Conrad.
Founded in 2008, Pelican’s Scholarship Award Program is one of the many reasons why it pays to be a member of Pelican. Team Pelican youth savings account holders benefit from not only scholarship award eligibility, but also monetary rewards for good grades on their report cards each semester.
Scholarship applications are accepted starting in January of each year. For more information about eligibility and the application process, call 1-800-351-4877 or visit pelicanstatecu.com/scholarship.