Students, alum awarded by credit union

Delta Community Credit Union recently awarded two students from DeKalb with savings accounts and awarded a DeKalb alum currently in college with a scholarship.

Isaiah Cox from Stone Mountain was named a recipient of Delta Community Credit Union’s 2023 HBCU Scholarship Award.

Harper Bell—a fifth grader from Drew Charter School—and Morgan Brown—a fourth grader from Ivy Prep Academy—were two of the 21 winners of Delta Community Credit Union’s 2023 Youth Essay Contest. The credit union announced 21 winners and awarded each a $100 youth savings account.

The contest won by Bell and Brown was open to third, fourth and fifth graders. A Delta Community spokesperson said they received more than 130 entries and chose seven winners from each grade level.

Students wrote an essay about what they would save for if saving money was their superpower. The spokesperson stated that essays included responses about saving money for causes such as donating to the National Brain Tumor Society, building a wildfire refuge for animals, or providing necessities for those in need.

Held in partnership with radio station V-103, the HBCU scholarship program awards students attending or planning to attend Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU). Cox—in addition to Sydney Redmond from Conyers—were awarded $5,000 each.

A spokesperson stated that Cox is a third-year pharmacy major at Florida A&M University and plans to become a pharmacist. He is already a licensed pharmacy technician in Georgia.

Cox is a member of two national honor societies and has maintained a 3.5 grade point average since his freshman year at FAMU. Outside of his academic accomplishments, Cox said he has completed more than 300 hours of community service as a tutor, elementary school mentor, and community service worker at a homeless shelter.

He was inducted into Progressive Black Men Inc., a community service organization, in which he serves as the internal affairs committee chair. Cox is also the community service chair for the FAMU chapter of NAACP.

“Both students are so well deserving of this award,” said Delta Community CEO Hank Halter. “To be a part of their continued success as they work towards their aspirations means so much to us. I truly believe that by investing in their future, we are investing in the communities in which we are privileged to operate and serve.”

The Delta Community-V103 HBCU Scholarship will award a total of $20,000 to four scholarship winners in 2023. More than 430 entries were received during this application period. Another HBCU scholarship period opens in August and two more students will be awarded $5,000 each in November. For more information, visit the credit union’s website.

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