Foundation seeking scholarship applicants

Tribune staff reports

Centra Foundation is accepting applications to the 2015-2016 Loretta M. Burd Scholarship Program.

Ten scholarships each valued at $1,000 will be awarded in Southcentral Indiana during May 2015.

Scholarships are open to graduating high school seniors and nontraditional students who plan to attend a two- or four-year college, university or technical school during the 2015-16 school year.

Applicants must be a member of Centra Credit Union with accounts that are in good standing. The scholarship program is named in honor of Loretta Burd who retired from Centra Credit Union after 47 years of service including 25 years as chief executive officer.

Centra Foundation offers two scholarship opportunities.

Graduating high school seniors are encouraged to apply for the Loretta M. Burd high school scholarship. Adults or nontraditional students should apply for the Loretta M. Burd Adult Scholarship program.

Scholarship applications will be reviewed on a regional basis with winners selected based on academic achievement, school, community and work involvement and the content of a written essay. Application forms are available on the foundation website at centrafoundation.org.

Lyn Morgan, Centra Foundation president, said both the Centra Foundation and Centra Credit Union place a high value on education and the importance of individuals pursuing higher education opportunities to earn college degrees.

Karen Owens, the Seymour Centra Credit Union branch manager, said Hannah Schult from Trinity Lutheran High School received one of the scholarship awards.

Schult is currently attending Concordia University in Chicago.

“My team at the Seymour branch would love to see another scholarship winner from Jackson County,” Owens said.

Centra Foundation is the charitable arm of Centra Credit Union and was formed to extend the Credit Union’s mission of people helping people.

Centra Foundation is centered on caring and aims to involve Centra members and friends in supporting charitable efforts that help meet the needs of communities where Centra members work and live.

The Loretta M. Burd Scholarship program and financial literacy are areas of focus.

For information about the program, contact Morgan at lmorgan@centra.org or 812-314-0285.