Earlier this year, The Neighbors Capital Area Foundation announced its newest initiative, the Neighbors Way Tuition Assistance Award. Neighbors is proud to announce nine winners.
Schools participating in the Neighbors Mascot Checking Program were invited to nominate one graduating senior to receive the award. Students were nominated based on their character and commitment to living the "Neighbors Way." Nominated students exemplified the credit union's core values including: Integrity, Respect, Trust, Stability, Community Involvement, Honesty, Empathy, Ethical Behavior and Fairness.
Ashley Hanna of Live Oak High School was the Grand Prize recipient, receiving $5,000 to attend the university of her choice. Lauren Meades of Walker High School received the second highest award amount of $3,000. The remaining seven recipients will be awarded $1,000:
- Baker High School: Kelsey Gautier
- Central High School: Raven Alexander
- Denham Springs High School: Cameron Hamby
- McKinley High School: Derrika Dorsey
- Port Allen High School: Alyssa Williams
- Southern University Lab School: Carrington Hall
- Woodlawn High School: Xavier Roberson
Funds for the program have been raised through two major avenues including Neighbors' employee payroll donation program and the Foundation's annual fundraiser, Clays For A Cause.
"We cannot be more excited for this tremendous impact on the lives of local students," Neighbors President and CEO Steve Webb said. "As the cost of higher education continues to rise, funds like these become increasingly important to provide an opportunity to students who might not have otherwise had the means to attend college."