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eCO Credit Union and the eCO Credit Union Foundation Award Scholarships


eCO Credit Union and the eCO Credit Union Foundation honored three 2019-2020 scholarship recipients at The Club on Friday, May 3.

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 2019-2020 A.L. Bratcher Scholarship is a $2,500 Scholarship. 

Scholarship recipient, Jessica Bradley, smiles with eCO Credit Union Marketing Director, Melissa Stewart.Jessica Bradley, of Hoover High School, is one of the 2019-2020 A.L. Bratcher Scholarship recipients. She has maintained an impressive 4.62 GPA, while also participating in many extracurricular activities and managing multiple small businesses. Jessica plans to attend Georgia Tech in the Fall. In her essay, Jessica said, "as a recipient of the A.L. Bratcher Scholarship, I will cherish the opportunity to not only ensure my financial stability, but to also dedicate my future to educating the world about the importance of financial security."  


Scholarship recipient, Brenden McCray, smiles with eCO Credit Union Marketing Director, Melissa Stewart.

Brenden McCray is also a 2019-2020 A.L. Bratcher Scholarship recipient. He attends Thompson High School, where he has maintained a 4.77 GPA. He has also been involved with football, wrestling, National Honor Society, and First Priority. He plans to attend Mississippi State University to study Biomedical Engineering. According the Brenden, “my personal mission is to work as hard as I can to become qualified to help those who are physically disadvantaged regain independence.”

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

eCO Credit Union Foundation Scholarship

The eCO 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.

Scholarship recipient, Debra Welsh, smiles with eCO Credit Union Marketing Coordinator, Hope Finley.The 2019-2020 eCO Credit Union Foundation Scholarship recipient is Debra Welsh. She decided to return to school at the age of 45 to pursue a degree in Nursing through Jefferson State Community College. According to Debra, “this idea of nursing school was not a new one. I have known all my life that my journey would lead me there. When I was eight years old and asked what I wanted to be when I grew up, I wrote a list of six things: preacher, teacher, nurse, missionary, TV star and Harlem Globetrotter. Having completed the other five (at least in ways that satisfy my understanding, explanations available upon request), nursing is the next natural phase of who and what I am called to be and do. My life has been learning that I am not called to choose between those roles, but rather to find the place where they intersect.” We are excited to see her achieve her dreams.

Applications for the 2020-2021 scholarship cycle will be available in December.


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