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DuGood FCU Awards More Than $10,000 in Scholarships
Tuesday, May 10, 2016 6:50 AM

Providing scholarships for high school seniors and aspiring professionals is just one way that DuGood Federal Credit Union is helping its members achieve their dreams. In January, DuGood issued a challenge:  create a video highlighting the benefits of credit union membership. In return, members could win a $500 scholarship.

The challenge had three main purposes: to give back to local students and aspiring professionals, to educate participants about the credit union movement, and to encourage greater engagement with millennials.

On May 4, DuGood presented eight $500 scholarships to the following deserving individuals:

  • Katelyn Barnhart – Lumberton High School
  • Kaitlyn Black – Lumberton High School
  • Chelsey Chaffin – Bridge City High School
  • TraVern Clark – Pharmacist and Phlebotomy Academy
  • Kira DeVillier – Vidor High School
  • Averie Mangioni – Port Neches-Groves High School
  • Bryana Simmons – Bridge City High School
  • Brailey Smith – Legacy Christian Academy

“This was a year of firsts for us,” said Marketing Communications Specialist Rebecca Prince. “Our credit union has been giving away scholarships for many years, but this is the first year we accepted video applications exclusively. The response was overwhelming.”

Not only did DuGood completely change their scholarship application process, it was the first time the credit union opened its scholarship giveaway to young professionals. Longtime members TraVern Clark and her husband Dyron reached out to ask if the scholarship giveaway was available for young professionals enrolling in technical school.

“When members speak up, it really makes a difference,” Prince said. “It made us realize we were leaving out a huge portion of our membership, and we just had to help.”

In addition to its video contest, DuGood also gives cash for college through their debit cards with Scholarship Rewards and their Student Advisory Council at Lamar University.  Southeast Texas students have received more than $ 8,000 over the past year.

For more information about the credit union’s scholarship programs, please visit dugood.org.