ēCO Credit Union and the ēCO Credit Union Foundation are excited to share more about our 2020-2021 scholarship recipients.
A.L. Bratcher Scholarship
The A.L. Bratcher Scholarship was created in 2011 to honor the late Revered A.L. Bratcher and his work and dedication to safe, sound, member-first financial institutions. The 2020-2021 A.L. Bratcher Scholarship is a $2,500 Scholarship presented to two high school seniors.
Kristen Jones, of McAdory High School, is one of the 2020-2021 recipients. She has maintained a 4.1 GPA, while participating in a variety of extracurricular and community events. She plans to attend Lawson State Community College in the fall to study early childhood education and visual arts. She aspires to become an art teacher, hoping to help kids learn how to express themselves and discover their creativity and style. In her essay, Kristen said, “all in all, it is important for me to receive this scholarship because not only do I want to attend college, but I also strive to make my parents proud by being the first in the family to ever attend college.”
Tyler West is also a 2020-2021 A.L. Bratcher Scholarship recipient. He attends Thompson High School, where he has maintained a 4.2 GPA. He plans to attend Jefferson State Community College and later transfer to Southwestern University. Tyler aspires to become a pastor and is already pursuing his passion for helping others by leading small groups, serving as a student leader at his church, and going on mission trips to El Salvador, Arkansas, and Honduras. According to Tyler, “this scholarship would help ease the burden of education debt and help me pursue my passion of helping people.”
We are excited to see the bright futures ahead of our 2020-2021 A.L. Bratcher Scholarship recipients.
ēCO Credit Union Foundation Scholarship
The ēCO Credit Union Foundation is proud to award the fourth ēCO Credit Union Foundation Scholarship. The $2,500 Scholarship was established 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 placed on adults returning to school.
Dianna Minor is the 2020-2021 ēCO Credit Union Foundation Scholarship recipient. She has taught with Hoover City Schools for twenty-five years. She is currently attending the University of Alabama at Birmingham to pursue an Education Specialist Degree, in hopes of teaching in a college setting. According to Dianna, “girls need to see more female role models in leadership positions because it gives them a sense of empowerment. They begin to develop their own voices and ultimately realize they have the powers to change the world themselves.” She shared she teaches because of teachers who have inspired and impacted her; she plans to continue to pay it forward.
We can’t wait to see what she accomplishes as she leads and inspires future educator.
Applications for the 2021-2022 scholarship cycle will be available in December.