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Five Winners Awarded $20,000 in Scholarships to Further Education

ATLANTA (May 22, 2012) Delta Community Credit Union today announces the 2013 honorees of its annual scholarship program, which support members in their quest for higher education. Five students were selected based on academic achievement, community service and submission of an essay on a topic selected by the credit union.

This is the first year we've made our scholarships available to undergrads and graduate students, explains Hank Halter, Delta Community President and CEO. We had a tremendous response and these five winning students show exemplary accomplishments in and out of the classroom. Were proud to support their goal of higher education.

The following three students will receive $5,000 toward their education:

Courtney Knight is a sophomore at Shorter University in Rome, Ga. She is a Pre-Pharmacy major and currently has a 4.0 GPA. In high school, Courtney played varsity basketball and volleyball and received awards for outstanding achievement in math, biology and history. She received the Presbyterian College Award for Outstanding Academics and the University of Georgia Certificate of Merit for being among the top 10 percent of students in the state of Georgia. Among her scholastic achievements in college are Deans List, Presidential Scholar and recent recognition as the Top Freshman Chemistry Student. She currently serves as an Honors Ambassador and tutor and is a member of Hill Climbers, a leadership and service organization.

Ty Nelson is a rising sophomore at the University of Georgia. He is originally from Decatur, Ga. and is a graduate of Marist School. Ty is pursuing a degree in Finance and Accounting and currently has a 4.0 GPA. He has received numerous academic honors including Deans List, Marist School Honor Council, Sports Champions of Greater Atlanta Honoree and induction into the National Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta, a mathematics honor society. He is a member of the UGA Economics Society and Sports Business Club and has participated in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He is a current committee member of UGA Miracle, an organization that raises money for Childrens Healthcare of Atlanta and interacts with hospital patients. He received the More Award from the St. Thomas More Catholic School for over 60 hours of community service and worked for several years with the Christopher League helping disabled children play baseball. He's volunteered with Camp Twin Lakes, Habitat for Humanity and received the Martin Luther King, Jr. Service Award for outstanding character, service and leadership.

Karli Walleser is a graduating senior from Pineville High School in Pineville, LA. She plans to attend Louisiana State University in the fall and major in Mechanical Engineering. Karli excelled academically in high school, maintaining straight As for three consecutive years, receiving an Academic Letter and receiving the highest English score and a perfect math score on the Graduation Exit Exam. She's a member of her schools dance line and theater group. Seven years ago, after her sister underwent an organ transplant, Karli began volunteering for the Louisiana Organ Procurement Association. She donates her time and energy at numerous events to generate awareness and help fundraising efforts. Karli has also served at a local food bank and with the Anchor and Key Clubs to assist special needs children at an annual fair.

In addition to the three $5,000 scholarship winners, the following two winners will receive $2,500 towards their education:

Nicolette Brownstein is a senior at Vero Beach High School in Vero Beach, Fla. She plans to attend either Georgetown or Boston College and major in Political Science and International Studies in pursuit of her career as a U.S. Diplomat. Nicolette will graduate in the top 10 percent of her class, is an AP Scholar and received the Vero Beach HS 4.0 Award for receiving As in all her classes. She is a member of her schools Marching and Symphonic Band, has served as SGA vice president, is a member of the Mu Alpha Theta Math Team and the National Honor Society. Nicolette has participated in several trips with Youth on a Mission to build homes. She also worked with children at her local YMCA and at area soup kitchens. She is a member of Youth in Action in Vero Beach, a group that organizes community projects involving up to 100 youth.

Meagan Glover is a full-time graduate student attending Georgia State University in Atlanta, Ga. Pursuing a Master of Arts degree in Communication Disorders, Meagan has a 4.15 GPA and is a former vice president of the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NSSHLA). In addition to being a graduate research assistant, she is also a member of CommicAID Nation, an organization created to provide assistance to individuals with communication disorders. Meagans long-term career goal is to become a Speech-Language Pathologist. Her volunteer commitments include the Brain Injury Association of Georgia, the Genesis Shelter, Autism Speaks and the Atlanta Speech School.

Delta Community's scholarship program awards three $5,000 and two $2,500 scholarships annually to assist eligible members with their higher education expenses. The awards are specifically earmarked for the recipients tuition, books, dormitory lodging and meal costs at an accredited university, college or technical school. For additional program details, visit

About Delta Community Credit Union

Delta Community Credit Union is Georgias largest credit union serving over 270,000 members. It was founded in 1940 and today serves the entire metro Atlanta area, including residents of the 11 surrounding counties and employees of top businesses, such as Delta Air Lines, Chick-fil-A, UPS and RaceTrac. Delta Community is a state-chartered credit union organized under the Georgia Department of Banking and Finance, and its deposit accounts are federally insured through the National Credit Union Share Insurance Fund. It chooses to operate as a not-for- profit credit union so it can give back earnings to its members and their local communities. Unlike a for-profit bank, Delta Community is owned by its members, not individual or institutional investors. Customers become member-owners when they open and maintain an account. Please visit to learn more or follow the Credit Union on Facebook at and Twitter at @deltacommunity.