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KEESLER FEDERAL CREDIT UNION AWARDS SEVEN WINNERS OF 2017 LISA J. STUBBS MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP ESSAY

Friday, August 11, 2017  
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KEESLER FEDERAL CREDIT UNION AWARDS SEVEN WINNERS OF

 2017 LISA J. STUBBS MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP ESSAY CONTEST

 

GULFPORT, MS – August, 2017 – Keesler Federal Credit Union is pleased to announce the seven winners of the 2017 Lisa J. Stubbs Memorial Scholarship essay contest. Keesler Federal cares about helping members achieve their higher education goals and, since 1987, has awarded $114,000 in scholarships to college-bound or current students, including adult learners. In 1992, the contest was renamed to honor Lisa J. Stubbs, an 8-year Keesler Federal employee who lost her lifelong struggle with cystic fibrosis at age 25. While employed full time at the credit union, Lisa attended night classes in pursuit of her degree. Her commitment and courage inspired many and exemplify the spirit of achievement the scholarship represents. “We are proud to celebrate the 25th year of this scholarship program and believe Lisa’s memory lives on in the future accomplishments of our award recipients,” said Andy Swoger, Keesler Federal President and CEO.

 

This year’s essay topic was “How has your education contributed to who you are today and how will it influence your future?” A total of 90 entries were received: Seventy-eight entries were from dependents of credit union members, eight from adult members, and six from dependents of credit union employees. A total of seven winners were each awarded $1,000 scholarships for the 2017-2018 academic year. 

Keesler Federal member dependent scholarships were awarded to: Danielle Lyons, a sophomore majoring in business and pre-law at Mississippi State University; Alexandra Barron, a sophomore majoring in chemical engineering at Texas A&M University; and Emily Ruppel, a senior majoring in English at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

 

Keesler Federal adult member scholarships were awarded to: DeShae Braun, a freshman majoring in psychology at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College and Inessa Kalinovskaya-Ramesy, a freshman majoring in nursing at the University of South Alabama.

 

Keesler Federal employee dependent scholarships were awarded to: Hunter Cooper, a junior majoring in biology/chemistry (pre-medicine) at Millsaps College and Deanna Green, a freshman majoring in biology (pre-veterinary medicine) at the University of South Alabama.

 

All entries were blind judged by a volunteer team of community educators who were given a scoring matrix. This year’s judges were: Tech Sgt. Heather L. Jordan, USAF, Military Training Leader; Tech Sgt. Pamela M. Seegal, USAF, Flight Chief, Military Training Office; and Christine Thompson, Teacher, Harrison Central High School. 

ABOUT KEESLER FEDERAL CREDIT UNION:

Established in 1947, Keesler Federal Credit Union is the largest Mississippi-based credit union in the state, with additional branches in Louisiana and the United Kingdom, assets of over $2.3 billion and more than 200,000 members worldwide. For more information, visit www.kfcu.org.


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