Peach State FCU C.A.R.E.S. Foundation awards over $230,000 in scholarships and educational grants

CORNELIA, GA (May 16, 2023) — The Peach State FCU C.A.R.E.S. Foundation is honored to announce the recipients of its 2023 scholarship program. This year, the foundation presented over $230,000 in scholarships and educational grants to high school students and adult members seeking career advancement throughout Peach State Federal Credit Union’s service area.

“As a credit union deeply engrained in the education system, we are grateful to be able to continue a tradition that helps ease the financial responsibilities of continuing education for so many,” said Peach State’s President/CEO, Marshall Boutwell. “This is just one of the many ways in which Peach State expresses its dedication and commitment in making meaningful impacts in the communities that we serve.”

Twenty-nine Career Advancement Scholarships in honor of the credit union’s founders were awarded to the following adult members seeking growth in their careers through continuing education: 

  • LaJoya Anderson
  • Kayla Andrews
  • Tiffany Bailey
  • Tricia Bartoletta
  • Taza Blanton
  • Kateria Bogans
  • Renee Brown
  • Samantha Burnett
  • Miriam Coleman
  • Ngoc-Thuy Dao
  • Taylor Echols
  • LaMarra Finley
  • Lindsay Griffin
  • Lisa Holmes
  • Alesia Jones
  • Shanee’ King Pickering
  • Beverly Lassiter
  • Ysheena Lyles
  • Stephanie Mack
  • Haley Massingill
  • Ashley Maxey
  • Chelsey Murphy
  • Kianna Patrick
  • Clinetta Pierre
  • Victor Reed
  • Tiffany Rogers
  • Robert Ross
  • Lauren Watson
  • Elizabeth Young

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.

  • Abigail Brown, Stephens County High School
  • Dylan Clearfield, Norcross High School
  • Hannah Justice, Franklin County High School
  • Beck Richards, Archer High School
  • Bebe Tanner, Habersham County High School 

School System and Community Honoree Scholarships were awarded to the following seniors graduating high school as a tribute to the local school systems and community leaders:

  • Ramyia Adams, Cedar Shoals High School | Pomeroy Woods Scholarship
  • Sarah Arnold, North Oconee High School | Dr. John Jackson Scholarship
  • Willian Chandler, D.W. Daniel High School | Peach State FCU Scholarship for Pickens County Schools
  • Kerris Curry, Westside High School | Gracewood Scholarship
  • Da’oud Delane, Clarke Central High School | Pomeroy Woods Scholarship
  • Logan Eller, Trion High School | Peach State FCU Scholarship for Trion High School
  • Heather Fore, Midland Valley High School | Peach State FCU Scholarship
  • Samuel Hall, LaFayette High School | Peach State FCU Scholarship for LaFayette High School
  • Tyreeck Hall, Winder-Barrow High School | Dan Cromer Scholarship
  • Bryson Hoffman, LaFayette High School | Peach State FCU Scholarship for LaFayette High School
  • Logan Horne, East Jackson Comprehensive High School | Andy Byers Scholarship
  • Meghana Kottapalli, Discovery High School | Dr. Frances Davis Scholarship
  • Jasmine Mixon, AR Johnson Magnet School | Marion Barnes Scholarship
  • Kyla Scott, North Oconee High School | Dr. John Jackson Scholarship
  • Riley Stewart, Archer High School | Rick Cost Scholarship
  • Makari Stokes, Richmond County Technical Career Magnet School | Richmond County Teachers Scholarship
  • Julianne Turner, Loganville High School | Dr. Gary Hobbs Scholarship
  • Greer Worley, North Augusta High School | Peach State FCU Scholarship
  • Aniya Wright, Butler High School | Brian Mulherin Scholarship
  • Victorius Yoder, Chattooga High School | Peach State FCU Scholarship for Chattooga County High School

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

  • Barrow County Schools REACH
  • Burke County Middle School REACH Scholarship
  • Franklin County REACH GA Scholarships
  • Georgia Gwinnett College Foundation
  • Georgia Northwestern Technical College
  • Gwinnett County Public Schools Foundation
  • Gwinnett Technical College Foundation
  • Habersham County Schools REACH GA Scholarships
  • Hart County Schools Education Pathway Scholarship
  • North Georgia Technical College Foundation
  • Oconee County REACH
  • Paine College
  • Social Circle City Schools REACH
  • Stephens County Schools REACH
  • Trion City Schools REACH GA Scholarships

Peach State’s scholarship program has awarded over $2.2 million to area students and adult members pursuing post-secondary education since 2001. To learn more about Peach State’s Scholarship Program, visit

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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