Peach State FCU C.A.R.E.S. Foundation awards almost $200,000 in scholarships and educational grants

CORNELIA, GA (April 19, 2022) — The Peach State FCU C.A.R.E.S. Foundation is pleased to announce the recipients of their 2022 scholarship program. The Foundation has awarded almost $200,000 in scholarships and educational grants this year to students and members throughout Peach State Federal Credit Union’s service area.

“Our scholarship program is one of our most meaningful traditions and we are grateful to continue this honor on behalf of our founders. It is our hope that the program will help bring peace of mind to the students and members faced with the financial responsibilities of post-secondary education,” said Peach State’s President/CEO, Marshall Boutwell.

Twenty-eight Career Advancement Scholarships were awarded to the following Peach State members in honor of the credit union’s founders:

  • Vanessa Amos
  • Tiffany Bailey
  • Charles Bickley
  • Jacqueline Broomes
  • Samantha Burnett
  • Makenzie Clark
  • Talisa Clark
  • Latasha Dillard
  • Lauren Ford
  • Scott Garmon
  • Markeshia Holt
  • Barbara Iliff
  • Jerri-Ann Jacobs
  • Rosalinda Jimenez
  • Malaika Kangudja
  • Rachael Lehner
  • Sarah Lewis
  • Chante Luckie
  • Michael McLean
  • Cassandra Moon
  • Melia Morris
  • Brandy Murray
  • Jordan Perdue
  • Adam Quillian
  • Regina Roach
  • Chelsey Shiver
  • Robin Stephens
  • Tara Varnadore

Five Legacy Student Scholarships were awarded to high school seniors who will be attending college to pursue a degree in any field. These scholarships were established in honor of past and present board members and employees who have served Peach State for 20 years or more.

  • Madilyn Cordle
  • Joseph Fernandez
  • Said Gomez
  • William H. White
  • Erin Whitfield

School system and community honoree scholarships were awarded as tributes to the following school systems and leaders:

  • Andy Byers Student Scholarship – Kadyn Barnett
  • Brian J. Mulherin, Sr. Student Scholarship – Shania Nguyen-Tu
  • Dan Cromer Student Scholarship – Skylar Bridges
  • Dr. Frances Davis Student Scholarship – Tatum Landers
  • Dr. John Jackson Student Scholarship – Emma Gregory
  • Gary Hobbs Student Scholarship – Eve Briscoe
  • Gracewood Student Scholarship – Corey Mack
  • Marion Barnes Student Scholarship – Nevin Dent
  • Peach State FCU Student Scholarship – Emma Troup
  • Peach State FCU Student Scholarship – Kimberly Morris
  • Pomeroy Woods Student Scholarship – Ariana Duarte
  • Pomeroy Woods Student Scholarship – Tiffani Richardson
  • Richmond County Teachers Student Scholarship – Na’Kiyah Harris
  • Rick Cost Student Scholarship – Aminah Muhammad

In addition, Peach State is honored to support the following organizations this year with scholarships and educational grants:

  • Barrow County Schools REACH Scholarships
  • Burke County Middle School REACH Scholarships
  • Franklin County REACH Georgia Scholarships
  • Georgia Gwinnett College Foundation
  • Gwinnett County Public Schools Foundation
  • Gwinnett Technical College Foundation
  • Habersham County Schools REACH Georgia Scholarships
  • North Georgia Technical College Foundation
  • Oconee County REACH
  • Toccoa Falls College
  • Trion City Schools REACH Georgia Scholarships
  • Walker County LAUNCH

Peach State’s scholarship program has awarded over $1.9 million to area students and members pursuing post-secondary education since 2001.

About Peach State FCU C.A.R.E.S. Foundation

Peach State Federal Credit Union’s passion for helping their members and community guided them to create the Peach State FCU C.A.R.E.S. Foundation. The Foundation is funded by the credit union’s Visa Debit Card program and private donors. Since the inception of the Peach State C.A.R.E.S. Visa Debit Card program in July 2019, more than $2+ million has been donated to charitable organizations, school systems and the arts in the communities that Peach State serves. The C.A.R.E.S. program was created to put these contributions on a sustainable path for the future. To learn more about how Peach State cares, visit Peach State is a $953 million not-for-profit financial cooperative that serves more than 85,000 members in Georgia and South Carolina with a mission to provide quality financial services that meet the needs and exceed the expectations of its member-owners. For more information about their products and services, visit


Kristen Patton
SVP, Marketing

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