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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.


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.

Scholarship submissions are currently being reviewed by the scholarship panel selected by the Foundation Advisory Committee. Scholarship recipients will be notified and announced in March. Stay tuned.

$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

    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
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      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