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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.

Congratulations 2023 Scholarship Winners

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 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 2023 winners below!

Check back in December for more information on applying for 2024 scholarships

While the application period for our scholarship competition is closed for 2023, you can get a jump start by making sure you or your child are eligible for next year. To enter:

  • Applicants must be a high school senior graduating and entering an accredited college or technical school in 2024-2025
  • Applicants (or their parents/guardians) 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. If you do not have an account, open a Georgia United account today!

$363,000 in Scholarships Awarded since 1995

In addition to our Georgia United Foundation Scholarship Competition, Georgia United Foundation awards scholarships to members of the community through local schools and organizations.
Reach Scholarships:
  • Calhoun Schools REACH Scholarship
  • Dalton City Schools REACH Scholarship
  • Dekalb County Schools REACH Scholarship
  • Gordon County Schools REACH Scholarship
  • Hall County REACH Scholarship
  • Henry County REACH Scholarship
  • Rockdale County REACH Scholarship
  • Whitfield County REACH Scholarship
Technical Schools and Colleges:
  • Athens Tech
  • GA Piedmont Technical College
  • Gwinnett Technical College
  • Northwest Georgia College and Career Academy
  • UNG Oconee
High School Scholarships:
  • 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