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eCO Credit Union and the eCO Credit Union Foundation Awards Scholarships


ēCO Credit Union and the ēCO Credit Union Foundation honored three 2022-2023 scholarship recipients at The Club on Tuesday, May 10.

A.L. Bratcher Scholarship

The A.L. Bratcher Scholarship was created in 2011 to honor the late Reverend A.L. Bratcher and his work and dedication to safe, sound, member-first financial institutions. The 2022-2023 A.L. Bratcher Scholarship is a $2,500 Scholarship. 

Abigail Snyder is a senior at Calera High School, where she has maintained an impressive 4.38 GPA. Abigail is heavily involved with a variety of honor societies, clubs, and sports at Calera High School and many philanthropic and service organizations. After graduating, Abigail plans to attend Florida State University and study Political Science. In her essay, Abigail said, “I plan to pursue an undergraduate degree in political science at Florida State University so that I can continue to be an advocate for justice, diversity, and inclusivity in the American justice system and government. I plan to attend law school and ultimately work as an attorney that protects the rights of Americans with disabilities as well as other marginalized groups. One day, I want to hold public office and be a representative of the people.”

Ava Vansant will be graduating from Shelby County High School in May. She also has a very impressive GPA of 3.59. Ava will be the first person in her family to attend college and plans on attending Jefferson State Community College to pursue a business degree and then move on to a larger university to pursue a degree in aquatic biology. She is actively involved in many philanthropic and service organizations in the community and many clubs, organizations, honor societies, and sports at Shelby County High School. In her essay, Ava said, “College has always been something I have strived for because I would be the first in my family to enroll in college. Attending Jefferson State will assist in opening up more opportunities in my future by allowing me to obtain a better education, and aiding in providing better job opportunities.”

We can’t wait to see both of these impressive high school seniors do great things!

ēCO Credit Union Foundation Scholarship

The ēCO Credit Union Foundation Scholarship was established in 2017 to help an adult who has returned to school to change career paths or improve in their field. The Foundation hopes the scholarship will help offset financial burdens and help adult students finance their future.

The 2022-2023 ēCO Credit Union Foundation Scholarship recipient is Katherine DeVaughn. She decided to return to school at the age of 58 to pursue a degree in Office Administration through Jefferson State Community College. According to Katherine, “I have worked in the public school system for the last 25 years and while most people are ready to retire and rest, I am ready to go back to school. Working in the school system has taught me so many things about life. I see students who struggle in so many ways, and I would love to be able to show them that even at my age, you can work hard and earn a degree so that you can be self-sufficient.”

We are impressed by your drive and excited to see you achieve your goals!

Applications for the 2023-2024 scholarship cycle will be available in December.

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