Truliant Names 2014 Scholarship Winners
Release date: 8/19/2014
Winston-Salem, N.C. (August 19, 2014) – Truliant Federal Credit Union recently awarded five scholarships to help student member-owners meet higher education goals through the Carolinas Credit Union Foundation’s (CCUF) Scholar Vision Funds.
Truliant began establishing CCUF scholarship funds nearly two decades ago as a benefit to member-owners attaining a post-secondary education. For the 2014 awards, scholarship applicants were asked to write a brief essay describing future career goals and how scholarship funds would help meet those objectives. Truliant received more than 150 applications.
“Selecting winners from this outstanding group of student member-owners was challenging,” said Karen DeSalvo, chief marketing officer for Truliant. “We are honored to offer scholarships to a set of individuals whose achievements show great potential for leadership in Truliant member-owner communities.”
Truliant awarded scholarships from three Scholar Vision Funds: the Fred Sarda Fund, Winston-Salem Telephone Pioneers Fund and the Clyde O. Padgett Fund.
Truliant established the Sarda scholarship in 1996 to honor Fred J. Sarda, a founding member of the credit union. The three recipients of $1,000 awards for 2014 are: Jessica Sutton of Kings Mountain, N.C.; Juan Clavijo of Clemmons, N.C.; and Rachel Lempp of Greensboro, N.C.
The Clyde Padgett scholarship was established in 2004 and is named after a former Truliant chairman. It provides $1,000 to help employees, volunteers and their families continue their education. This year’s award was given to Jordyn Reisenauer of Winston-Salem, N.C.
The Telephone Pioneers Club Scholarship is awarded each year to a Truliant member-owner with a relative who currently or formerly worked for AT&T or Lucent Technologies in the Winston-Salem area. A scholarship in the amount of $2,000 was awarded to Hayden Chamberlain of Lewisville, N.C.
Additionally, a sixth $1,000 scholarship was awarded to Margaret Morrison of Burlington, N.C. Morrison was selected by the Carolinas Credit Union Foundation from a group of Truliant applicants and is attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
More than $1 million has been awarded to credit union members in the Carolinas from Scholar Vision Funds since its inception.