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Tarrant County’s CU Awards First Kick$tart Scholarship
Tuesday, April 19, 2016 6:50 AM

Tarrant County’s Credit Union awarded $500 to sixth-grader Caleb Gabbert, its first Kick$tart Scholarship Fund winner, in February.

Caleb attends Trinity Christian Academy in Willow Park and is known for having a heart for helping people. He is a servant leader in his group at Highridge Church and his interests include football, reading, fishing, and helping his dad with work on cars and lawn mowers.

“Caleb was very excited to receive the scholarship and kept asking me if I was kidding,” said Caleb's father Darran Gabbert. “I sensed a deep humbleness, which is his character.”

The Kick$tart Scholarship Fund began in June 2014. It was created to increase youth awareness and participation in financial education and goal planning. The fund provides students an opportunity to win a $500 scholarship to go toward higher education.

“I’m excited about our Kick$tart Scholarship because it affords the opportunity to start building an education savings account at an early age at no cost to the child or the child’s parents," said CEO of Tarrant County's Credit Union, Lily Newfarmer. "And early planning improves the chance that a student will commit to pursuing a higher education."

A drawing is held annually in January to award a TCCU youth account holders between the ages of 0-17. The Kick$tart Scholarship funds are held in escrow for the winning student until payment is made directly to the school of choice upon high school graduation. The escrow has a one-year expiration date following the student’s graduation from high school.

For more information on our scholarships and awards you may contact Carla Reaves at or visit our website

About Tarrant County's Credit Union
TCCU is an $80 million credit union serving more than 10,000 members throughout Tarrant County, Texas. TCCU operates four branches in Fort Worth, Hurst, Lake Worth, and Arlington. For more information, please visit