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Pelican State CU Grants $15,000 in College Scholarships

BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA – Pelican State Credit Union granted $15,000 in college scholarships to graduating Pelican members based on their academic achievement, extracurricular activities, leadership, and community service.

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. Plus, for the first time this year, the credit union offered two new $1,000 awards designed to benefit students who have excelled in specific areas outside of their scholastic record.

The Heart for Service Award was created to honor a student who exhibited outstanding service and dedication to their community, and the Pelican Perseverance Award was created to help a student who displayed strength and commitment to overcome adversity and challenges in their life. Both awards were given to one highly deserving student, bringing the total number of scholarship winners to 14.

2019 Pelican State Credit Union Scholarship Award Recipients:

Kendall Adams, East Ascension High School

Kennedy Chatman, Academy of the Sacred Heart

Peyton Watson, Denham Springs High School

Jamyse Robinson, East Feliciana High School

Ryan Lam, The Runnels School

Karlee Nunez, South Cameron High School

Sydney Toms, Buckeye High School

David Griffin, Jr., Ruston High School

Lora Lott, Captain Shreve High School

Madeline Turner, Episcopal School of Acadiana

Ambria Cook, Kentwood High Magnet School

Kristopher Jones, Full Armor Christian Academy (Texas)

Isaiah Goodly, Alfred M. Barbe High School

Morgan Setliff, Pineville High School

These students were selected by a volunteer committee made up of Pelican employees, which scored a total of 80 scholarship applications from students with over 1,000 combined hours of volunteer service. Award recipients can use their scholarship to cover tuition, textbooks, meal plans, and much more.

“We are committed to providing free financial education and serving Louisiana with an open heart. Our scholarship program has built upon this mission and helped prepare high school seniors to tackle college expenses,” 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 on eligibility and the application process, call 1-800-351-4877 or visit pelicanstatecu.com/teampelican.

This year’s scholarship winners were announced in a video on Pelican’s Facebook page. Click here to watch the announcement!

For over 60 years, Pelican State Credit Union has been providing financial services to individuals and their families throughout the state of Louisiana. The credit union is dedicated to improving the lives of its members through safe, competitive products, and educational services. Pelican was originally chartered as the Department of Hospitals Credit Union, located in downtown Baton Rouge, to serve Louisiana charity hospitals, mental health centers, and state office personnel. Pelican has since grown into the largest state-chartered credit union in Louisiana now serving over 50,000 members. For information, visit pelicanstatecu.com.


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