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 2018 Scholarship Award Recipients
Jacob Carson is a senior at Kennesaw Mountain High School in Kennesaw, Georgia. He plans to attend University of California, Los Angeles in the fall and major in chemistry. When he graduates from college, Jacob wants to follow his dream of becoming a pharmaceutical engineer to play a role in the drug developing process. Jacob is an AP Scholar with Distinction and an AP Scholar with Honors. He is a 2017 Questbridge Scholarship finalist and received a school-wide academic award for achieving the highest grade in AP Environmental Science. Since 2014, Jacob has been a state-qualifying member of the Kennesaw Mountain High School Varsity Swim Team and served as co-captain during his senior year. He is recognized as an All-American Athlete for maintaining a high GPA while competing in a sport over the four years of his high school career. Jacob also participates on the Kennesaw Mountain High School Yearbook Committee, where he held the role of Business Editor. In his community, Jacob volunteers at the annual Shop with a Mustang event to help low-income families find presents for the holidays and raises money for the American Cancer Society through Relay for Life. Outside of school, he has held jobs at several local businesses to save money for his college education.
Nikita Dsouza, from New Milford, New Jersey, is currently a sophomore at Emory University in Atlanta. Nikita is an inductee of Emory’s chapter of the Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society, the nation’s oldest and largest honor society for first-year college and university students in all disciplines. In 2017, Nikita received a certificate of distinction from the National Center for Women & Information Technology, recognizing her aptitude and passion for computing technology. Nikita’s overwhelming passion for helping and advancing the lives of people, drove her to become the founder and president of a school-wide chapter of Bergen County Youth Council for the Homeless in her home state of New Jersey. Nikita plays classical piano, holds a black belt in the Goju-ru & Shotokan disciplines of mixed martial arts, and enjoys Independent Game Development – the digital creation of visual novels and pseudo-role playing games using graphic design software and computer coding. In her spare time, Nikita leads weekly volunteer trips to no-kill animal shelters and teaches new volunteers how to interact with pets through first-day orientations at PAWS Atlanta.
Kalyann Teasley, an Atlanta resident, is a senior at Maynard H. Jackson High School, where she maintains a 4.0 grade point average. She will attend George Washington University in Washington, D.C., majoring in Public Policy. Her career goal is to work as a policy advisor specializing in healthcare. In pursuit of this goal, Kalyann completed an internship at the Georgia House of Representatives Democratic Caucus. As the youngest intern there, Kalyann was offered opportunities to interact with, and learn from, professionals and college students in the months before the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Because of her internship experience, Kalyann was invited to appear on Atlanta NPR station WABE’s “Closer Look” program, where she shared thoughts about 2016 candidates. At Jackson High School, Kalyann is a member of the Principal’s List and the National Honor Society, and serves as president of the Model United Nations program. She has been active on the Lady Jaguars Varsity Soccer team for four years, serving as team captain her junior year.
$2,500 Scholarship Award Winners
Anna Handley is a senior at Central High School in Carrollton, Georgia. She will begin classes as a freshman this fall at the Georgia Institute of Technology, majoring in Earth and Atmospheric Science. Passionate about preserving and protecting nature, Anna has a career goal of becoming an environmental lawyer. Her extracurricular activities include serving as a volunteer for the Chattahoochee Riverkeeper Project and founding and leading a recycling program at Central High School. Anna is engaged in several academic clubs and extracurricular activities, including Future Business Leaders of America, National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society and the Math Team, and she is captain of the Central High School varsity tennis team. A long-time volunteer for the Central Presbyterian Homeless Shelter, Anna also volunteers for the American Red Cross and Samaritan’s Purse, a Christian non-profit which organizes relief efforts in the United States and abroad in response to natural disasters. In addition to achieving a 4.45 grade point average, Anna is also a Wofford Scholar, a Governors Honors Program finalist in Spanish, a National Merit Foundation Commended Scholar and an AP Scholar with Distinction. Anna earned the highest SAT score in Carroll County, making her STAR student not only of her high school, but the entire county and a finalist among STAR students in Georgia’s District One educational region.
Wesley Schmidt is a senior at Holy Cross High School in Covington, Kentucky, where he has served as class president, Academic Team Captain, and Y Club president for all four years of his high school career. He is active in the History and Math Clubs and Music Ensemble, and the Kentucky United Nations Assembly. A National Merit Finalist, Wesley is a member of the Kentucky Governor’s Scholars Program, the University of Kentucky Rising Scholars Program, and the National Honor Society. With a 4.73 GPA, Wesley still finds time to pursue his interest in music and theater, and has received several awards for performances on stage and in his community. He plans to attend Columbia University in New York City to study Political Science and Theater Arts, with a career goal of becoming an actor or politician.