Delta Community Credit Union is committed to improving the financial lives of its members. Our financial program 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 2016 Scholarship Award Recipients
Thomas Beirne is a senior at St. Anthony’s High School in South Huntington, New York. He plans to attend Cornell University and major in applied mathematics with the long term goal of working as a quantitative analyst in the financial sector. Thomas is a National Merit Commended Student and also received the Harvard Prize Book Award for excellence in scholarship and high character. He received a perfect score in math on the SAT and the St. Bonaventure Academic Award for receiving highest honors each semester in school. He is the president of his school’s National Honor Society and is also a member of the National Math, English and Spanish Honor Societies. Thomas is a member of the Varsity Football Team and Captain of the Rugby Team. He is a Boy Scout with 54 merit badges and an Eagle Scout, logging over 300 service hours with the Town of Smithtown’s Historical Society. Thomas earned the World Conservation Award which is given to scouts who think globally and act locally to preserve and improve the environment. He has also volunteered with several community organizations including the National Park Service Project, Feed the Needy and working with disabled children with Friar Golden Kids Carnival. Thomas has a Black Belt (Shodan) in Karate and has also worked as an SAT tutor.
Trent Johnson will graduate this May from Eagles Landing Christian Academy in McDonough, Georgia. He will major in nursing at Messiah College in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania and plans to do medical work as a missionary in a developing nation. In his senior year, Trent received the Wendy’s High School Heisman for excelling in the classroom, athletics and in leadership, Academic Athlete Awards for wrestling and cross country and made the President’s List for achieving an A average throughout his high school years. Trent has participated in mission trips to Alaska, Miami and most recently in Honduras building houses, coordinating medical and dental clinics and donating food and school supplies. He’s passionate about community service and works consistently with organizations like Operation Christmas Child Shoebox, the Salvation Army and PurShoeing Joy. He also helps with fundraising efforts for a local Spanish-speaking church. Trent started a lawn service and handy man business in middle school that he successfully ran all through high school. He also tutors math, Spanish, physics and chemistry.
Raahina Malik will graduate as valedictorian from Fayette County High School in Fayetteville, Georgia. She plans to major in neuroscience at Duke University with the long term goal of being a physician or medical researcher. Raahina received the Georgia Certificate of Merit which recognizes students in the top 5% of their class and High Honor Roll Academic Letters each of her years in high school for receiving a 93 or above in each of her classes. She is the president of her school’s National Honor Society and coordinated many service projects, such as fundraisers for the construction of Afghanistan refugee shelters and Pinwheels for Syria to support Syrian refugees. For several years, Raahina has volunteered with the Aga Khan Foundation Walk (AKF) participating in efforts to raise $1.2 million for AKF programs worldwide and co-founded a partnership club at her school for AKF to raise awareness and funds for initiatives to alleviate global poverty in Asia and Africa. She has also served at the Piedmont Fayette Hospital and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Fayette as a youth volunteer and conducted cancer research in the area of non-Hodgkin lymphoma at the Emory University Winship Cancer Research Institute last summer. Raahina is the president of her school’s Key Club and Multicultural Club and a member of the yearbook staff. She’s active in her church working as the Youth Team Lead for Religious Service Group leading up to sixty youth members in tasks like packaging food, assisting senior citizens and young children in the social and prayer hall.
$2,500 Scholarship Award Winners
Paige Frank is a rising sophomore at Johns Hopkins University where she is majoring in biomedical engineering with a career goal in the field of medical research. Paige has maintained a GPA above 3.5 in her undergraduate courses placing her on the school’s Dean’s List. She is also a member the Johns Hopkins Biomedical Engineering Design Team, which is currently working on a new device to improve the revascularization of coronary arteries. In high school, Paige was a National Merit Scholar and received many honors, like the Women’s Society of Engineers Certificate of Merit, the ExCEL Award for excellence in community, education and leadership, and the Triple A Award for distinction in the arts, academics and athletics from the Minnesota State High School League. Paige is a member of Alpha Phi Fraternity, an organization dedicated to advancing the cause of women’s heart health. With this group, she recently participated in the Presidents Day of Service, a day with the purpose of serving and improving Baltimore and the communities surrounding the Hopkins Campus. Paige is also a staff member of the Johns Hopkins Newsletter, where she publishes an article each week for the Science and Technology section.
Sabrina Lewis is a senior at East Coweta High School in Sharpsburg, Georgia. She plans to attend the University of California – Berkley and major in engineering with a minor in business and finance. Sabrina participated in the Georgia Governor’s Honors Program as a science student and worked on a research project involving hair analysis for drug testing. She has received the Georgia Certificate of Merit and a Scholar Athlete Award for Volleyball and Track. Sabrina served as Vice President of the East Coweta High School Beta Club where she coordinated programs like Christmas gift donations to the Adopt-a-Child Program and hosted Special Olympics activities. She’s an active member of three Interscholastic Equestrian Teams and volunteers with the Coweta Organization for Riding, Rehabilitation and Learning (CORRAL), a therapeutic horseback riding center for disabled children and young adults. Sabrina is the reigning Miss Georgia Earth 2016, a pageant organized to promote environmental awareness. She was also the first-runner up for the 2015 National American Miss Pageant.