Centra Credit Union Presents Awards To Three Scholarship Recipients

Sheila Dickman

Columbus, IN – Each year Centra Credit Union awards two scholarships to graduating seniors and one to an adult learner returning to the post-secondary classroom. All three recipients received their awards during Centra Credit Union’s recent annual meeting.

Returning adult scholarship winner, Nicholas Morrow graduated from Columbus East High School in 2004, having participated in soccer, Key Club, and Big Brothers/Big Sisters. He was a pre-school student teacher with First Steps, and was active in the Teen Council both as a youth member and as an adult sponsor. He has also been a volunteer musician and youth leader for The Ridge Church, as well as a charity event coordinator for several mission events. Nick plans to attend Indiana Wesleyan University to study Christian ministries, with plans to work for a church or non-profit organization that serves its community.

Scholarship award winner, Lauren Karmire, is a senior from Shelbyville, and will be graduating from Triton Central High School has participated in Student Council, French Club, Students Against Destructive Decisions – also known as SADD, Drama Club, TC Singers, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the Brain Game, and varsity track and softball. Lauren has also found time to volunteer at Riley Hospital, Major Hospital and be a Salvation Army bell ringer, in addition to being a 10-year 4-H member. She plans to attend Butler University, majoring in pharmacy. Her goal is to become a pediatric research pharmacist and create medicines to help children feel better.

Scholarship award winner, Ashley Mills, is a senior at Cathedral High School in Indianapolis. Ashley has been a member of the Film Editing Club, the Cultural Awareness for Everyone Club, and Kids Against Hunger for four years. She has also participated in National Honor Society, Jack & Jill of America, the Center for Leadership Development, the Riley Hospital Dance Marathon, and Habitat for Humanity, among other organizations and community service projects, having served as an officer for several of these worthwhile activities. Ashley plans to attend Northwestern University to study film and media arts, and plans to enter the art of filmmaking in directing, editing or camera work.

All Centra Credit Union members are eligible to apply.  Scholarship applications for the 2011-2012 academic years will open in October of this year.  Anyone interested can pick up an application is any branch this fall or log on to Centra Credit Union’s website.

About Centra

Founded in 1940, Centra Credit Union has over $900 million in assets, 127,000 members, 264 employees, and is the fifth largest credit union in Indiana. Serving 30 counties in Indiana, Centra currently operates 22 branches. Centra has also earned a 5-Star rating by Bauer Financial, Inc., the nation’s leading independent credit union rating and research firm. This is the 63rd consecutive quarter that Centra Credit Union has merited this highest honor, which is based on the financial condition of the credit union. Centra also adds the distinction of being an “Exceptional Performance Credit Union” for having earned this highest level for 10 years or longer.

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