Ascend Federal Credit Union awards members $12,000 to continue their education

TULLAHOMA, TN (June 18, 2021) — For the nineteenth consecutive year, Ascend Federal Credit Union is helping its members reach their educational goals.

“I’m pleased to report that we’re once again awarding $1,000 scholarships to 12 of our members,” Ascend President and CEO Caren Gabriel said. “We value continued education, and we hope these awards will help our members reach their educational goals.”

Since starting the Ascend Federal Credit Union Scholarship in 2003, the credit union has awarded $206,000 to 206 of its members.

Winners of the 2021 Ascend Federal Credit Union Scholarship, their hometown and their college, university, technical, or trade school include the following:

Diego Benavides – Franklin – The University of Tennessee Health Science Center: College of Pharmacy
Brianna Cardenal – Johnson City – East Tennessee State University
Jacqueline Cowan – Decatur, Ala. – Columbia Southern University
Aniyah Ehiemua – Hendersonville – Middle Tennessee State University
Timothy Gassman – Murfreesboro – Middle Tennessee State University
Trammel Grafton – Gallatin – Western Governors University
Heather Howard – Baltimore, Md. – Middle Tennessee State University
Patrick Jones – Murfreesboro – The University of Tennessee
Micah Louden – Bradyville – Southern Adventist University
Darrika Morklithavong – Smyrna – Middle Tennessee State University
Charles Smith – Nashville – Freed-Hardeman University
Spencer Tomsett – Franklin – Middle Tennessee State University

Details for Ascend’s 2022 scholarship will be posted at later this year. Ascend employees, officials and any of their family members are excluded from eligibility. Scholarship winners may reapply for the next academic year if they meet program requirements.

About Ascend Federal Credit Union

With more than 236,000 members and more than $4.1 billion in assets, Ascend Federal Credit Union is the largest credit union in Middle Tennessee and one of the largest federally chartered credit unions in the United States. Based in Tullahoma, Tenn., the member-owned financial institution offers banking, loan, retirement and investment services from its 27 branches, more than 55,000 free ATMs worldwide, digital banking portal, and mobile app. The credit union’s mission is to serve by offering financial literacy education and giving back to its communities in a variety of ways. Ascend is federally insured by the National Credit Union Administration. For more information, visit


Melanie Cook
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