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Georgia United Foundation supports continuing education through funding a number of scholarship programs for students pursuing a college or technical school degree.

Now accepting applications

For 29 years, Georgia United Foundation has offered annual scholarships to high school seniors planning to attend college or technical school. Named for the credit union's founder and notable board members, the program offers an opportunity for students to showcase their scholastic achievements and creativity through a video competition.

$25,000 in scholarships will be awarded in six opportunities:

  • Vernon E. Carne Scholarship for $5,000
  • Geraldine Tilson Scholarship for $5,000
  • Polly Hinde Scholarship for $5,000
  • Dorothy Dusenberry Pirkle Scholarship for $5,000
  • Monsignor Stephen Churchwell Scholarship for $2,500
    • T. Randall Dennis Scholarship for $2,500

    How to Apply

      • Create a 1-minute video submission answering the question, “Georgia United and Georgia United Foundation were founded on the principles of supporting the community through education. How are you going to use your education to help your community?"
      • Submit an online application including scholastic achievements, community service and a 250-word statement addressing financial need, if applicable.
      • Entries will be accepted through January 31, 2023, 11:59 pm ET. Good luck!

    Submissions will be reviewed by the scholarship panel selected by the Foundation Advisory Committee and recipients will be announced in March. 



      • Applicants must be a high school senior graduating and entering an accredited college or technical school in 2023-2024
      • Applicants or their parent, guardian or grandparent must have an active Georgia United Savings Account in good standing* for at least six months when the application is submitted to be considered for a scholarship

      To view the Rules and Regulations, click here. If you have any questions or need additional information, send us an email at


    Need inspiration? Check out the 2022 winners below!


    In addition to our Georgia United Foundation Scholarship Competition, Georgia United Foundation awards scholarships to members of the community through local schools and organizations that total more than $60,000 each year.

    • Calhoun Schools REACH Scholarship
    • Dalton City School REACH Scholarship
    • Dekalb County School REACH Scholarship
    • Gordon County Schools REACH Scholarship
    • Whitfield County REACH Scholarship
    • Henry County REACH Scholarship
    • Hall County REACH Scholarship
    • Rockdale County REACH Scholarship
    • Athens Tech
    • GA Piedmont Technical College
    • Gwinnett Technical College
    • Northwest Georgia College and Career Academy
    • UNG Oconee
      • Gwinnett County Public Schools Career and Technical Education Pathway
      • Military Signing Day Ceremonies
      Thank you so much for awarding me this scholarship! I will be able to confidently complete this semester which will build a strong foundation for me to finish my program and graduate from Athens Technical College.
      - Gabrielle, Scholarship Recipient 2022
      Success is not about what you accomplish in life, it is about what you inspire others to do. With the Vernon E. Carnes Scholarship, I plan to attend the University of Michigan and apply the award towards my tuition. Upon graduation, my ultimate goal is to create a Youth Orchestra that would target 'at risk' youth as performers in my community. Music matters in our community.
      - Caleb M., Scholarship Recipient 2020
      Thanks to my Georgia United scholarship, I’m not only gaining academic knowledge from my classes at Mercer, I’m gaining insight into who I am and who I’ll be. My scholarship funds enabled me to complete a summer leadership development training in Maine which were the most rewarding and life-changing eight days of my life. My Georgia United scholarship is helping me learn exactly how I will change the world. I am eternally grateful for the confidence that the board showed in me last Spring.
      - Amelia W., Scholarship Recipient 2019