Colleen Garnto of West Laurens High School is a 2014 Georgia United Credit Union Scholarship recipient

DUBLIN, GA (March 28, 2014) Georgia United Credit Union is excited to announce the winners for their 2014 scholarship programs.  A total of $12,500 was awarded through the Vernon E. Carne Scholarship program and the Archbishop John F. Donoghue Catholic Scholarship program and disbursed to thirteen high school seniors.  Thanks to all the high school seniors who entered this year’s competition as we had a record number of entries!

This is the 20th year that Georgia United has given the Vernon E. Carne Scholarship and the 7th year for the John F. Donoghue Catholic Scholarship. A total of approximately $142,500 has been awarded to high school seniors during the tenure of both programs.  Recipients are chosen based on an essay competition with consideration given to academic accomplishments, leadership and participation in both school and community activities.  The top winners for 2014 were Colin Humble of Walton High School in Cobb County, and Joseph Long of Loganville High School in Walton County, respectively.  However, Laurens County had a winner in this year’s essay competition, Colleen Garnto of West Laurens High School, and she is featured here.

Colleen Garnto, West Laurens High School, Dublin, GA
Colleen Emily Garnto was a $500 scholarship recipient in this year’s Vernon E. Carne Scholarship competition. Already accepted to Trevecca Nazarene University in Tennessee, Colleen is Valedictorian of her senior class, a member of the West Laurens HS Raider Brigade Marching Band and played on the Varsity Softball Team until her senior year.  A member of both the National Honor Society and Beta Club, Colleen is an active community volunteer and a youth group leader at Dublin First Church of the Nazarene. Colleen is the daughter of Clifford and Amy Garnto of Dublin. 

About Georgia United
Georgia United Credit Union is ranked as one of the top credit unions in Georgia in both size and safety at $980 million in assets, 128,000 members and 16 branch locations – including a Dublin Branch at 2006 Veterans Boulevard.  Georgia United seeks to make members’ lives easier by offering products, services and education to help members meet their needs and achieve their goals. All accounts are federally insured by the National Credit Union Share Insurance Fund (NCUSIF) up to $250,000 per account.

Georgia United Credit Union serves all residents of Laurens County, all State Agencies and county employees in Georgia, Board of Regents colleges and universities, employees of over 500 companies and 11 county school systems.  Additional information and a complete list of winners is located at

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