Nashville, TN (June 11, 2011) — Cornerstone Financial Credit Union announced today the winners of scholarships from their $25,000 annual scholarship fund.
Winners in Davidson County included De’Shawn B. Haynes, East Literature Magnet High School; Myles J. Oliver, Hume-Fogg Academic High School; Lindsey M. Moore, Martin Luther King Junior Academic Magnet School; Crystal M. Preston, Stratford High School; Miriam S. Caravez, John Overton High School; and Jessica Massey, McGavock High School.
Public, private and home-schooled high school students in Davidson, Dickson, Montgomery, Rutherford, Sumner and Williamson Counties were eligible to apply for the $1000 scholarships. Hank Flury, CEO of Cornerstone says supporting education is one of the credit union’s core values. “Though we changed our name from Educators Credit Union to Cornerstone several years ago and expanded our membership eligibility to much of Middle Tennessee, we continue to be actively engaged in a variety of initiatives targeted to educators and education, including the second annual scholarship program. We had more than three times the applicants this year than last year and look forward to seeing the program grow every year.”
Winners were selected based on financial need and academic achievement. Included on the application was an optional question about what applicants plan to do while in college to ensure they start off on the right foot financially when they graduate. According to Flury, “This year’s applicants had some great ideas that we’re sharing on our financial education site, GetFocusedOnFinance.org, including the following excerpts from several of the Davidson County scholarship winners.”
Miriam Caravez from Overton High talks about the importance of budgeting, saying “Having a balanced budget is the key component that will not only help me stay away from debt but it will also teach me how to manage my resources.” Lindsey Moore from Martin Luther King Junior Academic Magnet School adds, “While I don’t believe there is a single most important task I can complete to insure that I will be financially sound after graduating college, I think using different techniques to determine the real value of money and what it means and can do, will help me to be financially stable on my own out of college.”
The entire list of winners, along with advice on financial responsibility from a number of them, can be found at GetFocusedOnFinance.org/college-bound.
Information about schools to be included in next year’s program and when students can apply for 2013 scholarships will also be posted on this site as the information becomes available.