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News Community $10,000 scholarship goes to Nantahala student

Nantahala School graduate Dustin Bryant was awarded a $10,000 scholarship to attend Appalachian State University. Bryant is the son of Paul and Shannon Bryant.State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU) Folk Figure members via the SECU Foundation, presented a $10,000 four-year college scholarship to Dustin Bradley Bryant, a senior at Nantahala High School. Dustin is the son of Paul and Shannon Bryant. This scholarship was awarded for study at Appalachian State University, part of North Carolina’s 16-campus University of North Carolina System.

Funded solely by Credit Union members and given based on SECU’s philosophy of “People Helping People,” the scholarship recognizes the recipient’s community involvement, leadership skills, character and integrity, as well as scholastic achievement. The scholarship is provided for tuition and university approved educational expenses over eight consecutive semesters.

State Employees’ Credit Union’s employee Kayla Lopp comments, “Through the SECU Foundation ‘People Helping People’ Scholarship program, Credit Union members have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of so many North Carolina high school seniors, helping them pursue and fulfill their educational goals through the University of North Carolina System. Our commitment to education remains strong as we enter into the ninth year of this great program. On behalf of the SECU Foundation, I am proud to award this scholarship to Dustin Bryant.”

Since its inception in 2005, the SECU Foundation “People Helping People” High School Scholarship program has provided $32 million in scholarships for North Carolina high school seniors.

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 77 years. With 1.9 million members, SECU provides services through 254 branches, 1,100 ATMs, 24/7 Contact Centers and a website – The SECU Foundation, a 501c (3) charitable organization, promotes local community development through high impact projects in the areas of education, health and human services.


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