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News Community SECU awards Nantahala student $10,000 scholarship

Pictured from left is Donnie Stiles, VP/City Executive; Justin Lane Solesbee, scholarship recipient, Jennifer Solesbee, Justin's mother; and Tim Solesbee, Justin's father.Nantahala High School graduation was held June 4, in the Nantahala High School Gymnasium – SECU Foundation, funded solely by State Employees’ Credit Union’s (SECU’s) membership, has presented a $10,000 four-year college scholarship to Justin Lane Solesbee, a senior at Nantahala High School. Justin is the son of Tim and Jennifer Solesbee. This scholarship was awarded for study at Appalachian State University, part of North Carolina’s 16-campus University of North Carolina System.

The scholarship was given based on SECU’s philosophy of “People Helping People,” recognizing the recipient’s community involvement, leadership skills, character and integrity, as well as scholastic achievement of maintaining a 2.5 or higher grade point average. The scholarship will be used for tuition and university approved educational expenses over eight consecutive semesters.

State Employees’ Credit Union’s local Branch Manager, Donnie Stiles comments, “SECU members have a deep commitment to education in North Carolina and to making a difference in the lives of our youth. The ‘People Helping People’ scholarship program embodies this commitment and it is with great pleasure that collectively we – the Credit Union membership – can continue to help so many of our State’s students further their education in North Carolina’s University System. On behalf of the SECU Foundation, I am proud to award this scholarship to Justin Lane Solesbee.”

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