Left to right: Texas Trust Board Members Larry Skinner and Susan Smith flank high school graduates Bailey Downing and Ashely Owen, who will each receive a $4,000 scholarship from the credit union.
Two Mansfield ISD graduating seniors have received $4,000 each in college scholarships from Arlington's Texas Trust Credit Union.
Bailey Downing from Mansfield High School was awarded the Texas Trust Bill Hallmark Scholarship for Engineering. Ashley Owen from Legacy High School received the Rita Hamner Fine Arts Scholarship.
Downing was an all-star varsity basketball player during her sophomore, junior, and senior years. She held leadership positions in various extracurricular activities and achieved the Girl Scouts Bronze and Silver awards. She was also an active member of the National Honor Society and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Downing will pursue a degree in civil engineering from the University of Arkansas.
Owen, a resident of Arlington, ranked ninth in her class with a GPA of 4.0. She held numerous leadership positions in school clubs, was an active volunteer in community organizations, and received the Visual Arts Scholastic award in her freshman, sophomore, and junior years. She was also on the National Scholastic Press Association Journalism Honor Roll. Owen will attend one of six universities where she has been accepted.
“Bailey and Ashley excelled in academics, sports, club participation, and volunteering,” said Shelley Carlson, vice president of marketing for Texas Trust. “We hope the scholarships will help contribute to their continued success in college. These scholarships are just a small way we can help Bailey and Ashley build a brighter future.”
The Rita Hamner and Bill Hallmark scholarships are named in honor of former Texas Trust board members. The Rita Hamner award is for students pursuing a degree in fine arts. The Bill Hallmark scholarship goes to students pursuing a degree in engineering.
About Texas Trust Credit Union
Texas Trust Credit Union was created in 1936 when a group of Chance Vought Aircraft Corporation employees pooled their savings so they could help each other achieve financial goals. Today, more than 116,000 members are served through checking and savings accounts; loans (personal, mortgage, auto, and small business); credit cards; insurance products; and investment services. Texas Trust Credit Union supports local students through its “Spirit Debit Rewards” program. With every eligible swipe of an SDR card, funds are donated to the school or district of the member’s choosing. To date, Texas Trust has donated more than $1.7 million since August 2011. Texas Trust serves members through 22 locations in Dallas, Denton, Tarrant, Henderson, Ellis, Johnson, and Tom Green counties. With assets of more than $1.2 billion, Texas Trust is the 6th largest credit union in North Texas and the 17th largest in Texas. For more information, visit TexasTrustCU.org or follow us on facebook.com/texastrustcu or Twitter at @texastrustcu.