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Credit union awards ‘People Helping People’ Scholarships

SALISBURY — The following local students were awarded the State Employee’s Credit Union’s “People Helping People” scholarship:

  • A $5,000 two-year college scholarship to Fabrizio Jose Lyles, a senior at Rowan County Early College. This scholarship was awarded for study at UNC Charlotte.
  • A $10,000 four-year college scholarship to Payton Precious Russell, a senior at North Rowan High School. The scholarship was awarded for study at North Carolina A&T University.
  • A $10,000 four-year college scholarship to Hannah Elizabeth Mayhew, a senior at East Rowan High School. The scholarship was awarded for study at NC State.
  • A $10,000 four-year college scholarship to Taylor Mackenzie Koontz, a senior at West Rowan High School. The scholarship was awarded for study at UNC Chapel Hill.
  • A $10,000 four-year college scholarship to Zadarious A. Phifer, a senior at Salisbury High School. The scholarship was awarded for study at UNC Greensboro.
  • A $10,000 four-year college scholarship to Elizabeth Nicole Yousey, a senior at Jesse Carson High School. The scholarship was awarded for study at UNC Wilmington.

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 local Advisory Board member Vincent Connolly 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.”

Since its inception in 2005, the SECU Foundation “People Helping People” High School Scholarship program has provided over $44 million in scholarships for North Carolina high school seniors.



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