Delta Community Credit Union is committed to improving the financial lives of its members. Our financial resources for young adults and the annual Scholarship Program were created to help members with early financial milestones, like going to college. Scholarship awards are based on academic achievement, community service and submission of an essay on a topic selected by the Credit Union. Financial need may also be considered.
Delta Community annually awards $20,000 in scholarships as follows: three (3) $5,000 awards and two (2) $2,500 awards. Scholarships are earmarked for tuition, books, lodging or meal costs and will be made payable to the college or technical school by Delta Community. The school must be accredited and located in the United States.
Congratulations to our 2017 Scholarship Award Recipients
Justin Clark is a senior at Woodward Academy Upper School in Atlanta, Georgia. He plans to attend the University of Arizona and major in entrepreneurship. Already, he has completed two culinary education programs in pursuit of his long-term goal of starting a farm-to-table business. Justin is highly involved in his community and serves on the leadership team of the Greater Metropolitan Atlanta Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. He is also the Youth Representative on the Cascade United Methodist Church Youth Usher Board and prepares weekly meals for parishioners and pastoral staff as part of the Church Culinary Ministry. He is a Student Ambassador and Peer Leader at his school and recently received the prestigious War Eagle Spirit Award at Woodward Academy for being the best student representation of school spirit and culture. Justin plays violin in the Honors Chamber and Philharmonic Orchestras and has served as the Orchestra Lead for school plays. Recently, he starred as the leading male in his school musical. Justin has earned a varsity letter in diving and has also worked as a lifeguard.
Katherine Dionne graduated in 2016 from North Hall High School in Gainesville, Georgia and will complete a year-long National Security Language Initiative Youth Academic Year Scholarship in Beijing, China in May. This fall, she will begin studying International Business and Chinese at the University of South Carolina and plans to work in commercial diplomacy for the United States State Department. During her high school career, Katherine participated in the Georgia Governor's Honors Program and the National Security Language Initiative Summer Program. She worked as an intern at the Center for Global Engagement at the University of North Georgia and a camp counselor at the Federal Service Language Academy. Scholastically, she was recognized with a Georgia Certificate of Merit for graduating in the top 1% of her class and multiple awards for mastery of the Chinese language. Katherine is passionate about community service and founded the "Sow More, Grow More" program to reduce child hunger in Hall County, for which she received a commendation from the Georgia State Legislature. In her community, she also serves as a volunteer English as a Second Language teacher, a Girl Scout Ambassador, and a Trail Construction and Clean-Up Volunteer at the Elachee Nature Science Center. Katherine has received a Congressional Gold Medal Award, a Girl Scout Gold Award, the President Obama Volunteer Service Award and a Prudential Spirit of Community Award for her volunteerism. She is also one of ten women nationally recognized in 2016 as the Girl Scouts National Young Women of Distinction for her excellence in leadership, academics and community service. Katherine is a brown belt in karate and tutors fellow students in Chinese language.
TyNiyah Harris will graduate from Academe of the Oaks in Decatur, Georgia and plans to major in aeronautical science at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University with the long-term goal of becoming a commercial pilot. TyNiyah was awarded the LeRoy W. Homer Jr. Foundation Flight Scholarship and attained her Private Pilot License in 2017. She has been featured on the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association website and serves as the Social Media Chair for the Women in Aviation International Organization. TyNiyah has volunteered with Girls in Aviation and the Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals to encourage others to join the aerospace industry and, for the past three years, she has worked as an intern at Kids Zone Drone to educate youths and adults about drones and unmanned systems of technology. At school, she is a member of the National Society of High School Scholars, a Student Ambassador and the Lead Programmer and Cost and Mass Estimator for the Robotics team. TyNiyah is a member of the varsity track and field team and captains the varsity volleyball team. She has previously served as Student Government Association Vice President, Debate Team Lead Debater and Model United Nations Team Lead Moderator. TyNiyah is active in her church, where she serves as a sign language interpreter.
$2,500 Scholarship Award Winners
Tanner Thompson is a rising sophomore at Arizona State University where he is majoring in business management, sports and media studies with a career goal in working in operations for a professional football team. Tanner has maintained a GPA above 3.7 in his undergraduate courses placing him on the school’s Dean’s List. He was chosen to be a member of the Devil's Advocates, a student group that represents the university at various school and recruiting events. Tanner is also involved on campus as a member of the Sports Business Association and the Arizona State University Student Alumni Association. In high school, Tanner founded a service program called "It's in the Bag" to provide toiletry kits to local homeless shelters. He also served as a volunteer coach of a Minor League Little League team, taught football at a summer camp and achieved lifetime membership in the California Scholarship Federation for his academic success. Tanner is a member of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity, where he serves as the Freshman Representative. He also works as the Assistant to the Director of Play Development for the Arizona State SunDevil football team where he oversees player attendance, assists on game sidelines and helps with team logistics.
Raya Ward is a senior at Norcross High School in Norcross, Georgia. She plans to attend Princeton University in the fall and major in political science with the goal of becoming a constitutional judge. Raya is a National Merit Commended Scholar, an AP Scholar with Distinction and the recipient of an International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma. She participated in the Georgia Governor’s Honors Program in Visual Arts and serves as the secretary of the National Art Honor Society. Raya is recognized as a National Honor Society Student for her commitment to academics and community service. She is the founder and Co-President of Best Buddies Club; an organization created to assist high school students with mental disabilities, and she teaches Vacation Bible School at her church. She maintains leadership roles in Relay for Life and I am a Difference Maker; a club created to raise awareness about the needs of people in the community. Raya is a four-time, state-qualifying captain of the Norcross varsity swim team and a member of the Norcross step team. She also serves as Executive Vice President of Student Council and Media Chair of the African-American Leadership Roundtable. Raya represents her school on the Gwinnett Student Leadership Team and the class of 2017 in the Norcross Cluster of the IB Middle Years Program Policy Conferences. She is a member of the National French Honor Society and participates with the affiliated group, Seeds of Knowledge, to write and illustrate French story books for children in Africa.