The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC

June 13, 2013

State Employees’ Credit Union Members Award $10,000 Scholarship to Area High School Student!


TARBORO — Edgecombe County – State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU) members via the SECU Foundation, presented a $10,000 four-year college scholarship to Dawson Blaire Gould, a senior at   SouthWest Edgecombe High School. Dawson is the   daughter of Jeff and Pam Gould.  This scholarship was awarded for study at Appalachian State University, part of North Carolina’s 16-campus University of North Carolina System.  

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 William Ellis 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.  Our commitment to education remains strong as we enter into the 9th year of this great program.  On behalf of the SECU Foundation, I am proud to award this scholarship to Dawson Gould.”

Since its inception in 2005, the SECU Foundation “People Helping People” High School Scholarship program has provided $32 million in scholarships for North Carolina high school seniors.

About SECU and the SECU Foundation

A not-for-profit financial cooperative owned by its members, SECU has been providing the employees of the State of North Carolina and their families with consumer financial services for 75 years.  With 1.8 million members, SECU provides services through 248 branches, 1,100 ATMs, 24/7 Contact Centers and a website –  The SECU Foundation, a 501c (3) charitable organization approved by the Internal Revenue Service, promotes local community development primarily through high impact projects in the areas of education, health and human services.