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Truliant Names 2017 Scholarship Winners

Truliant Names 2017 Scholarship Winners

Release date: 7/13/2017

Winston-Salem, N.C. (July 13, 2017) – Truliant Federal Credit Union recently awarded eight scholarships to help student member-owners meet higher education goals.

Truliant began establishing scholarship funds about two decades ago as a benefit to member-owners attaining a post-secondary education.

"This year’s applicants showed an impressive caliber of accomplishment which makes selecting winners that much tougher. The level of leadership and enthusiasm was enormous,” said Renee Shipko, community engagement liaison. “We congratulate Truliant’s 2017 scholarship winners for continued excellence in their schools and communities."

Truliant awarded eight $1,000 scholarships from two scholarship funds: the Fred J. Sarda Fund and the Clyde O. Padgett Fund.

Fred J. Sarda Scholarship Winners - $1,000 each
Fred J. Sarda Scholarships are awarded annually by Truliant Federal Credit Union to member-owners who are graduating high school and who plan to attend an accredited college, community college or university. Truliant had more than 215 applicants for seven scholarships awarded.

This year’s recipients are:

Amanda Layne Fitts, the daughter of April and John Fitts of Elon. Mandy attends Western Alamance High School, where she is a member of the Key Club, the Book Club and Spanish National Honors Society. Mandy plans to major in Exercise Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Miles Edward Johnson, the son of Luciona and Edward Johnson of Huntersville. Miles is a senior at South Mecklenburg High School, where he is student body president. He is also a member of the National German Honors Society, first chair and saxophone section leader, and a member of the South Mecklenburg NAACP. He plans to study architectural engineering at Morehouse College.

Jackson Lanier, the son of Deborah and Brian Lanier of Randleman. He attends Uwharrie Charter Academy and is a member of the mock trial team, student government and the golf team. Jackson plans to major in History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Logan Parker McCarn, the daughter of Tanya and Travis McCarn of Lexington. She is a senior at Central Davidson High School, where she is captain of the swim team and received all-county and all-conference honors. She is also involved in Model United Nations Debate Team and works at the Lexington YMCA Aquatic Center. Logan plans to attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill this fall to major in Nursing.

Jonathan Robert Palmer, the son of Christina Saunders and Thomas Palmer. He lives in Waxhaw and attends Weddington High School in Union County. He is drumline section leader of the marching band, a calculus tutor and a member of various honor societies. Jonathan plans to major in microbiology at North Carolina State University.

Karl Speas Westendorff, the son of Melissa and Martin Westendorff of Pfafftown. He is a senior at the North Carolina School of Science and Math in Durham. Karl is a chemistry teaching assistant and captain of the school’s rocketry team. He plans to major in Chemistry at the University of Virginia.

Katie Zhao, the daughter of Vida and Joshua Zhao of Charlotte. She is a senior at Ardrey Kell High School. Katie is captain of the cross-country team and runs indoor and outdoor track. She is also a member of Health Occupations Students of America. Katie has also interned in a medical lab at the University of Utah. She will attend Washington University in St. Louis to study neuroscience.

Clyde Padgett Scholarship Winner - $1,000
The Clyde Padgett Scholarship is awarded annually to a family member of a Truliant employee, retired employee or board member.

Shelby Rae Nelson is the daughter of Sivi and Raymond Nelson of Advance. Shelby attends Davie County High School. Shelby is a varsity tennis player, a member of National Honor Society and works for the Stogner Foundation. She plans to major in Biology and attend North Carolina State University. Her mother, Sivi, is a member service representative at Truliant’s Clemmons Member Financial Center.

About Truliant Federal Credit Union 
Truliant Federal Credit Union is a mission-driven, not-for-profit financial institution that promises to always have its member-owners’ best interest at heart by improving their lives through financial guidance and affordable financial services. Truliant was chartered in 1952 and now serves more than 215,000+ members with 33 Member Financial Centers in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. For more information, visit

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