2016 Loretta M. Burd Scholarship Winners!

September 9, 2016

Centra Foundation is delighted to award Loretta M. Burd Scholarships to ten students who are members of Centra Credit Union. Eight graduating high school seniors and two adult students were selected to receive $1,000 scholarship awards.  The scholarships will support tuition, books and fees towards a two or four year degree. 

2016 is the third year that Centra Foundation has awarded ten scholarships.  Previously there were three awards.  Gifts from Centra members and friends to the Loretta M. Burd Scholarship Fund enabled us to increase the number of awards. 

The 2016 Loretta M. Burd Scholarship program was very competitive.  More than 130 applications were received from students living in Centra’s membership area.  The evaluation process was based on academic achievements, extra-curricular and community evolvement and an essay on financial literacy.

All our winners were very excited to be selected to receive a scholarship from Centra Foundation.  Some couldn’t believe that they were a winner of a $1,000 Loretta M. Burd scholarship.  All were very grateful for the honor.  

High School Winners

Gabriella Galvan – Jennings County High School

Will pursue a nursing degree at IUPUI and aims to become a Pediatric Nurse Practiioner.  In her thank you letter Gabby told us:  

Thank you for choosing me as one of the Loretta M. Burd Scholarship recipients. I am beyond grateful for your generosity, and I am extremely excited to begin my studies with your help this fall.  

College has always been a dream of mine and is now becoming a wonderful reality.  However, I had not given much thought to the actual cost of college and its magnitude until I began filling out scholarship applications such as this one my senior year. The cost of college is very much real, and is something I plan to meet head on with smart and wise financial decisions. I can confidently say that applying for this scholarship was most definitely a wise decision.

I cannot thank you enough for your support, and I will make it a personal goal of mine to continue making smart financial choices as a Centra Credit Union member. Thank you once again for not only supporting my education but believing in me as well.

Brooklin Grantz – Our Lady of Providence High School

Plans to attend Indiana University Southeast and major in English

Marlena Reisinger - Columbus North High School

Plans to attend Purdue University and earn a degree in Aerospace Engineering.  Marlana shared:     

       It means so much to me to have been chosen as a recipient of the Loretta M. Burd Scholarship. It eases the financial burden of my freshman year. I am attending Purdue University in the fall to pursue aerospace engineering and I can see myself working in the astronautical engineering field in the future.

Ella Rohlfs – Columbus East High School

Plans to attend Xavier University to study Nursing.  Ella shared – “I am truly so thankful for the scholarship award I have been given. Centra's scholarship program is wonderful and I know it will continue to help and support many other students in the future as well. Thank you!”

Adam Ruble - Columbus North High School         

Will attend Indiana University to study music at the Jacobs School of Music.  Adam wrote, “I am incredibly honored to be selected from such a large pool of applicants to be the recipient. It serves as somewhat of a validation of my accomplishments in life so far, as well as providing a tremendous help through the money that comes with the distinction.”

Jacob Schult – Trinity Lutheran High School         

Will attend Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology with a major in Mechanical Engineering.

Kerigan Wesseler - North Decatur Jr./Sr. High School

Will study nursing at the University of Indianapolis.  Kerigan shared, “Thank you so much for awarding me this scholarship! It is such an honor and will definitely be a big help!”

Victoria West - Columbus North High School                       

Plans a double major in psychology and art at the University of Southern Indiana. Victoria wrote, “Thank you, Centra, for awarding me this financial gift to further my education. I am incredibly excited to start my college endeavors. Thank you again for this amazing opportunity!”

Loretta M. Burd Scholarships Adult Winners

It’s never too late to earn a college degree! Both our adult winners decided to return to college to pursue a more meaning career and to ensure their financial stability during retirement.

Sylvia Scott  -- Jeffersonville 

Sylvia works full time at the U.S. Army Dental Activity in Fort Knox and takes on line classes to earn a Business degree.   She shared, “I am not your typical adult returning to college.  I am older than many of my peers and faced with the prospect of having to live on a fixed income sooner than many of my co-workers and classmates.  By earning my degree I will be able to stay in the workforce longer and improve my finances when I retire.”

Lori Ferguson – Shelbyville  

Lori is finishing her prerequisites and will study nursing at Ivy Tech Community College in Columbus.  It has been a dream of hers for many years to attend college.  She shared, “I would like to personally thank all involved with this generous scholarship. I was absolutely ecstatic and overwhelmed with emotion when I received the phone call about this scholarship. It will definitely help with my continued education.

Congratulations to our scholarship winners and thank you to Centra members who have made donations to Centra Foundation and helped make these awards possible. 

 

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