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Delta Community Credit Union Announces 2014 Scholarship Winners

Georgia’s Largest Credit Union Awards $20,000 in Scholarships to Five Winners

ATLANTA (May 27, 2014) – Delta Community Credit Union (, Georgia’s largest credit union, announces the 2014 honorees of its annual scholarship program, which supports members in their quest for higher education. Delta Community selected five students based on academic achievement, community service and submission of an essay on a topic selected by the credit union.

“We received an overwhelming number of applications from qualified students for our annual scholarship program,” said Matthew Shepherd, executive vice president and COO of Delta Community. “The level of academic success and service to the community that our applicants have achieved is truly impressive. We are proud to provide scholarships to these five students and hope these funds help them achieve academic and professional success.”

The following three students will each receive a $5,000 scholarship:

Brianna Berry is a senior at Boone County High School in Florence, Ky. She plans to attend the University of Louisville and major in Biochemistry in her pursuit of a career as a doctor. Brianna is a member of the Boone County High School Marching Band, where she served as squad leader and field commander. She earned varsity letters for cross country and swim and dive team participation. She was elected by her peers to the Boone County High School Senior Board and as homecoming queen. Brianna is an active volunteer at her church and a participant in many civic organizations, including Relay for Life and the Grace Kelly Girls, a big sister/little sister mentoring program. She spearheaded fundraising activities for a fellow student with cancer, and also organized a concert series for residents of the Colonial Heights & Gardens Senior Resident Living Community. She was selected to the Kentucky All-State Concert Band, the Northern Kentucky University Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts Drama program.

Lauren Smith is a senior at Rockdale Magnet School for Science and Technology in Conyers, Ga. She will major in Industrial and Labor Relations at Georgetown University with the career goal of becoming a federal attorney. She is a Georgia Merit and AP Scholar, scoring four or higher on seven AP exams. Lauren was awarded the George Eastman Young Leaders Award, which recognizes outstanding academic achievement and leadership. She participated in the Governors Honors Program and was selected to present scientific research in Metz, France as part of the French Research Exchange Program. Lauren founded and served as co-captain of her school’s debate and speech team. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Beta Club, Varsity Envirothon team and is a varsity and competition cheerleader. Active in her community, Lauren created an elementary school tutoring program, volunteered with the International Water Purification Project, the Single Mother Housing and Beautification Project and the Salvation Army.

Moises Escobar is a graduating senior at East Coweta High School in Sharpsburg, Ga. He plans to attend Auburn University in the fall and major in Biomedical Engineering. Moises is an AP Scholar and a Georgia Merit Scholar, a distinction given to those who rank in the top five percent of their class, and a Scholar Athlete. He is a member of Mu Alpha Theta, the National Honor Society, the French National Honor Society and co-founded the Advanced Academic Club, a group that mentors students seeking to take advanced courses and fundraises to allow students to take AP exams who cannot afford the fees. Moises played Varsity tennis for four years, served as Team Captain and was a state qualifier. He was elected to the Student Government Association as Treasurer for all four years. Moises organized a 5K run called Soles for Cole to raise money for cystic fibrosis research and was a volunteer with the Angel Run. He volunteers with his church and the Newnan County Humane Society and coaches youth basketball and tennis.

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

Nicole Martell is a rising sophomore at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Fla. She is majoring in Health Science and Occupational Therapy and currently maintains a 4.0 GPA. Nicole is a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, made the Dean’s List in the College of Health Science and received the Golden Key from the University for placing among the top 15 percent of her class. She is also the starting forward for the University of Florida’s women’s soccer team. Nicole volunteers weekly at the Sidney Lanier School working with children that have autism, cerebral palsy and Down syndrome. She also works with the Sidney Lanier Fitness and Workout Buddy Recreation Program and partners with children with disabilities. Nicole has also volunteered with the Special Olympics, the Florida Hospital Walt Disney Center and the United Cerebral Palsy Organization.

Kyjana Barnett is a senior at Whitewater High School in Fayetteville, Ga. She plans to attend Cornell University and major in Biological Sciences with the intent of becoming a veterinarian. Kyjana is an AP Scholar, a member of the National Honor Society and Science National Honor Society. She received the Beta Club Medallion award three years in a row for maintaining an A average and volunteering more than 40 hours. Kyjana played varsity lacrosse, is a student council member and leads the Education Committee of the Youth NAACP group at her school. Kyjana has volunteered with the Food Pantry, is a student mentor for a second grade “buddy” and organized a Cards for Soldiers program with a local elementary school. She was selected to participate in the Youth Summit on Hunger and Poverty, Vet-Step and the Research Apprentice Program/Ag-Discovery.

Delta Community created its financial program for young adults, Quarterlife, and the annual scholarship program, to assist its members with early financial milestones like going to college. The scholarship awards are specifically designed to assist eligible members with their higher education expenses such as tuition, books, dormitory lodging and meal costs. For additional program details, visit


About Delta Community Credit Union

Delta Community Credit Union is Georgia’s largest credit union serving over 290,000 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.