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Truliant Awards College Scholarships to 19 High School Students

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (August 22, 2023) – Truliant Federal Credit Union announced today its college scholarship winners for the Fall of 2023. All are first-time college students, high school seniors who will be enrolled in a credited college, community college or university, and a member of Truliant Federal Credit Union.

The scholarship program is managed by the Truliant Foundation, which supports the credit union’s commitment to community and giving back.

“We were wowed by the quality of the submissions and outstanding accomplishments that this year’s applicants have achieved,” said Atticus Simpson, executive director of the Truliant Foundation. “Truliant is honored to play a role in supporting the next step of their education. We wish all of our scholarship winners the best in their future endeavors.”

The majority of the students were given a Fred J. Sarda Scholarship for $1,500. Each year one dependent of a Truliant employee is given the Clyde Padgett Scholarship for $2,500. The scholarship funds are provided in partnership with the Carolinas Credit Union Foundation. An additional scholarship was awarded by Truliant partner CUABS, powered by TrueBuy, an auto buying service.

Fred J. Sarda winners, $1,500:
  • Carter Brandt, Mount Pleasant, S.C., University of South Carolina
  • Daniel Locklear, Charlotte, N.C., Mars Hill University
  • Erica Shank, Troy, N.C., North Carolina State University
  • Kaleigh Smith, Wytheville, Va., Clemson University
  • Tanner Royals, High Point, N.C., Guilford College
  • Wallace Love, Jr., Winston-Salem, N.C., University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • Kara Lenhart, Kernersville, N.C., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Kayla Saychien, Burlington, N.C., Meredith College
  • Kendall Chupp, Bessemer City, N.C., Clemson University
  • Riley Demers, Greensboro, N.C., Lees-McRae College
  • Sahyana Arnder, Indian Land, S.C., Clemson University
  • Kelli Hollifield, Lewisville, N.C., North Carolina State University
  • Garrett Pyne, Harrisburg, N.C., Davidson College
  • Kale Franks, Gastonia, N.C., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Hannah Wilson, Thomasville, N.C., University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • Ronni Butts, Charlotte, N.C., North Carolina Central University
Clyde Padgett winner, $2,500:
  • Kate Simpson, Winston-Salem, N.C., The University of Georgia
Carolinas Credit Union Foundation winner, $1,500:
  • Delaney Brandt, Mount Pleasant, S.C., Clemson University
CUABS/Truebuy winner, $1,500:
  • Sydney Farley, Fairlawn, Va., New River Community College
The Truliant scholarships are named after two important people in Truliant’s history.
Fred Sarda was a section chief at Western Electric and led a group of employees to form a financial co-op to benefit workers in 1952. That co-op eventually became Truliant Federal Credit Union.
Clyde Padgett was chairman of Truliant’s board for 17 years. He retired from the board in 2003.

About The Truliant Foundation
Established in 2021, the Truliant Foundation provides support to nonprofit community partners working to enhance the quality of life in member communities. The donor-advised fund was created by Truliant and is administered by the Carolinas Credit Union Foundation. Donations to the Foundation are tax deductible. Learn more at

About Truliant Federal Credit Union
Truliant is a mission-driven, not-for-profit financial institution that improves lives by providing great service and straightforward financial solutions. Truliant was chartered in 1952 and now serves 300,000+ members. Truliant has more than 35 Member Financial Centers in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.


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