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Smart Financial Foundation Accepts Apps for 2017 Clifton Scholarships
Thursday, March 16, 2017 6:50 AM

The Smart Financial Foundation is accepting applications for its annual Ruby Sue Clifton Scholarship Program. Local high school seniors can apply online until Friday, March 31, for one of six $2,500 scholarships.

Named in honor of Ruby Sue Clifton, a past chairman of Smart Financial Credit Union, the Ruby Sue Clifton Scholarship Program annually recognizes up to six outstanding high school seniors. Since 2003, this program has awarded more than $185,000 to 126 local high school seniors to help their education dreams come true by helping offset the cost of college or trade/vocational school.

Past Ruby Sue Clifton Scholarship recipients have represented high schools from across the Greater Houston Area. Following graduation, these honorees have attended Belmont University, Lone Star College, Texas A&M University, The University of Houston, The University of Texas at Austin, and Oklahoma State University, just to name a few.

To apply, high school seniors may submit an online application detailing their academic achievements, demonstration of school leadership and participation, and community service, along with an essay and three letters of recommendation. Scholarship applicants must plan to attend an accredited 4-year college, 2-year community college, or trade/vocational school.

Funds awarded may be used for books, tuition and miscellaneous expenses. Applications are evaluated by a scholarship committee comprised of at least two Smart Financial Credit Union board members and three volunteer members of the Smart Financial Credit Union. Click here to submit an application

Selected recipients for the 2017 Ruby Sue Clifton Scholarship honorees will be notified early summer 2017.

The Ruby Sue Clifton Scholarship Program is one of the Smart Financial Foundation’s biggest annual initiatives and is completely funded by the organization’s community golf tournament. Last May, the Smart Financial Foundation Golf Tournament was held on May 25 at BlackHorse Golf Club. More than 100 community members participated in the annual event, raising more than $50,000.

This year’s golf tournament is set for Monday, May 22, 2017, at BlackHorse Golf Club. Registration will open Wednesday, March 1, 2017.

“Transitioning from high school to college is such a critical time in a student’s life,” said Tiffany Halfon, director of Foundations at the Smart Financial Foundation. "The Ruby Sue Clifton Scholarship Program is our way of supporting local high school students during this vital juncture in their educational career."

Dedicated to changing lives, improving communities and achieving dreams, the Smart Financial Foundation was formed in 2013 with the purpose of giving back to the Greater Houston community. In addition to the Ruby Sue Clifton Scholarship program, Smart Financial Foundation continues to be instrumental in supporting other local Greater Houston Area established local scholarship programs and charities that further the education of local youth, adult students, and the medical community. As a result of the organization’s ongoing work, the Cornerstone Credit Union League recognized the Smart Financial Foundation with the Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Community Award for the past three years.

For more information regarding the Smart Financial Foundation, its work and how to become a volunteer or donor, visit www.smartcu.org/Home/SmartFoundation. Connect with Smart Financial Foundation on Facebook, Instagram (@SmartFinancialFoundation) and Twitter (@SmartFinCharity).

About Smart Financial Foundation
Dedicated to giving back to communities the “Smart” way, the Smart Financial Foundation was formed in 2013 with the purpose of giving back to communities that Smart Financial Credit Union serves. A registered 501c(3), the Smart Financial Foundation strives to change lives, improve communities and achieve dreams by donating time, money and other resources to not only individuals but also to organizations that help raise credit union awareness. For more information, visit www.smartcu.org/Home/SmartFoundation, call 713-407-1923 or engage with the Smart Financial Foundation on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.