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Self-Help Credit Union Announces 2016 Education Scholarships Winners

18 Branches Each Awarded $500 to a Student

Jul 13, 2016

Contact: David Beck, 919-956-4495,

Self-Help Credit Union today announced the winners of its education scholarship for students active in their community. With 18 credit union branches each selecting a $500 winner, Self-Help awarded a total of $9,000. This is the second year Self-Help has sponsored the scholarships.

Students were judged on their proven commitment to community service through leadership or volunteer activities. To be eligible students must be enrolled or planning to enroll in a post-secondary college or vocational school and write an essay on the importance of being active in the community.

The winners, branch and branch address are listed below. Additional information about each branch winner is available on request. Unless noted, photos for all winners are available on Self-Help’s blog page at:

Winners for Self-Help Credit Union Western N.C. Region Branches (10 including Galax, Virginia)

  • Jayla Bunn, Asheville Branch at 391 South French Broad Avenue
  • Collin M. Miller, South Asheville Branch at 1911 Hendersonville Road
  • Jorge Ammi Martinez Arredondo, Hendersonville Branch at 855 Spartanburg Highway
  • Madison Houser, Lexington Branch (336) 300-8811
  • Je’Tevius Farley-Wright, Maiden Branch 505A Island Ford Road
  • Sindy Lopez, Morganton Branch 705 West Fleming Drive
  • Daniel Juarez, Old Fort Branch at 217 Catawba Street
  • Nathan Pierron, Brevard Branch at 5716 Old Hendersonville Highway, Pisgah Forest
  • Levi Hall, Rosman Branch at 59 Chestnut Street West, Suite 1
  • Dillon Turman, Galax, Virginia Branch at 305 Railroad Avenue

Winners for Self-Help Credit Union Triad/Triangle Branches (2)

  • Tanessa Atwater, Durham Branch at 123 West Main Street
  • Tashandra Wisley, Greensboro Branch at 3400 Battleground Avenue

Winners for Self-Help Credit Union Eastern N.C. Branches (6)

  • Thomas Vermillion, Kinston Branch at 1910 West Vernon Avenue
  • Breyonna Brown, Wilson Branch at 2301 Madison Drive
  • Carrie Dean, Laurinburg Branch at 701 South Main Street
  • Vonnie-Ellington Lacewell, Roanoke Rapids Branch at 1330 East 10th Street
  • Tykwon D. Leary, Windsor Branch at 302 West Granville Street
  • Mason R. Holmes, Wilmington Branch at 307 South College Road

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About Self-Help Credit Union

Self-Help, a nonprofit community development lender headquartered in North Carolina, has provided over $6.8 billion in financing to nearly 102,000 families, individuals and businesses. It helps drive economic development and strengthen communities by financing hundreds of homebuyers each year, as well as nonprofits, child care centers, community health facilities, public charter schools, and residential and commercial real estate projects. Through its two credit unions and 40 branches, Self-Help serves over 117,000 families in North Carolina, California and Chicago and offers a full range of financial products and services. Learn more at



About Self-Help

Self-Help is a leading national community development financial institution headquartered in Durham, NC. Since 1980, Self-Help has provided over $8.5 billion in financing to 150,000 families, individuals and businesses. It helps drive economic development and strengthen communities by providing responsible financial services; lending to individuals, small businesses and nonprofits; developing real estate; and promoting fair financial practices across the nation. Through its credit union network, Self-Help serves over 150,000 people in California, Florida, Illinois, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and Wisconsin.

The nonprofit Center for Community Self-Help is the umbrella organization for the Self-Help family of nonprofit organizations, which includes Self-Help Credit Union, Self-Help Federal Credit Union, Self-Help Ventures Fund and the Center for Responsible Lending.