Pisgah student awarded SECU scholarship

Jun 04, 2014
Photo by: Donated SCHOLARSHIP — Alexa Cook, left, accepts the SECU Foundation scholarship from Jason Leatherwood.

SECU Foundation, funded solely by the members of State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU), has presented a $10,000 four-year college scholarship to Alexa Renee Cook, a senior at Pisgah High School. Alexa is the daughter of Scott and Lisa Cook. This scholarship was awarded for study at Appalachian State University, part of North Carolina’s 16-campus University of North Carolina System.

Given based on SECU’s philosophy of “People Helping People,” the scholarship recognizes the recipient’s community involvement, leadership skills, character and integrity, as well as scholastic achievement of maintaining a 2.5 or higher GPA. The scholarship will be used for tuition and university approved educational expenses over eight consecutive semesters.

“The need for scholarship funding increases as college expenses escalate and the economy continues to struggle,” said Jason Leatherwood, member of SECU’s local Advisory Board. “With the ‘People Helping People’ scholarship program, SECU members are making an ongoing commitment to provide North Carolina students with opportunities to further their education through the University of North Carolina System. On behalf of the SECU Foundation, I am proud to award this scholarship to Alexa.”

The “People Helping People” High School Scholarship program is in its seventh consecutive year. To date, SECU members via the SECU Foundation have provided $24 million in scholarships for North Carolina high school seniors through the program.