High school graduates awarded Centra Foundation scholarships

COLUMBUS, IN (May 15, 2024) — The Centra Foundation has awarded 28 high school graduates with the Loretta M. Burd Scholarship. The program awards one graduating high school senior per Centra Credit Union service center with a $2,500 scholarship each year. The full list of winners is available at

Centra Foundation also awards $2,500 adult scholarships for adult or non-traditional students who have returned to school to pursue a degree or certification. The Centra Foundation would like to recognize Shirley Shea for her support to the Loretta M. Burd Adult Scholarship Program. This year’s adult scholarship recipients are Christina Shaw (Columbus), Kade Roach (Salem), Stacy Workman-Wyatt (Columbus), Priyadharshini Manikandan (Carmel), Tanner Bowman (Nashville) and Tesia Baker (Scottsburg).

Named in honor of Loretta M. Burd, who retired from Centra Credit Union after 47 years of service, the Loretta M. Burd Scholarship Program is designed to help local students pursuing a college or technical school education.

All applications are reviewed on academic achievements, school and community involvement, work history and a short essay about financial literacy. The scholarship places value on well-rounded students who display a strong work ethic and involvement in their local community.

The Loretta M. Burd Scholarship Program is one of many programs the Centra Foundation and Centra Credit Union have to give back to their Members and the Communities they serve. In 2023, Centra and the Centra Foundation gave back more than $350,000 to their communities and Members.

About Centra Foundation

Centra Foundation is the charitable arm of Centra Credit Union and was formed to extend the credit union’s mission of People Helping People. The Centra Foundation is Centered on Caring and aims to support charitable efforts that help meet the needs of communities where Centra Members live and work.

About Centra Credit Union

Centered around its Members, Centra Credit Union is a community-based, full-service financial institution with 27 service center locations throughout central and southern Indiana, and in Jamestown, New York and Whitakers, North Carolina. Its 28 th service center will open in Zionsville, Indiana later this year. Founded in 1940 on the principle of People Helping People, Centra strives to create value for Members, Team Members and the Communities it serves. With $2 billion in total assets, Centra is among the six largest credit unions in the state of Indiana.


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