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Scholarships

Ready to take your education to the next level? Let us help you pay for college. Georgia United Foundation supports continuing education through funding a number of scholarship programs for students and educators pursuing higher education.

Over $75,000 In Scholarships Will Be Awarded In 2024

For 30 years, Georgia United Foundation has offered annual scholarships to high school seniors planning to attend college or technical school. This year we are thrilled to increase our impact by introducing several new opportunities for not only high school seniors, but also undergraduate upperclassmen and certified educators seeking an advanced degree. 

We are currently reviewing applications for our high school and educator scholarship opportunities. Scholarship recipients will be notified and announced in March. Stay tuned. 

In the meantime, check out the scholarships we will be awarding in 2024 below.

Scholarships For High School Seniors

Named for the credit union's founder and notable board members, the program offers an opportunity for high school seniors to showcase their scholastic achievements and creativity through a video competition. This year a total of $17,500 will be awarded to 12 students. Each scholarship will be split evenly among two recipients.

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

The application period has now closed. Stay tuned for an announcement of our 2024 high school scholarship recipients, which will be made in March!

Scholarships for Educators

Frank Thach Scholarship

Established in 1958 to serve educators, Georgia United Credit Union continues to honor our commitment to public school educators in Georgia through the Frank Thach Scholarship. The scholarship empowers deserving educators to continue their education. We will award 10 educators $500 each, totaling $5,000.

We will be awarding certified educators teaching at a Georgia public school and enrolled in an accredited college or university pursuing an advanced teaching or education degree.

The application period has now closed. Announcements will be made in March!

Additional Scholarship Opportunities

Georgia United Foundation also awards scholarships to members of the community through local schools and organizations.

Dr. Jim Williams Scholarship for $5,000

This scholarship honors Georgia United’s first African American board member, Dr. Jim Williams. Applicants must be enrolled as a full-time sophomore or junior at an accredited historically black college or university during the 2023 - 2024 school year. Applications will be accepted through the African-American Credit Union Coalition during the spring. Check back for more details, coming soon!

Tom Dickson Scholarship for $5,000

This scholarship honors Georgia United's board chairman, Tom Dickson, as well as the Hispanic/Latino community and first-generation students in his hometown of Dalton, Georgia. In 2024, one or more upperclassmen enrolled in the C. Lamar and Ann Wright School of Business at Dalton State College will be chosen for this opportunity. More information will be available soon!

Reach Scholarships:
  • Dekalb County REACH Scholarship
  • Bartow County REACH Scholarship
  • Whitfield County REACH Scholarship
  • Henry County REACH Scholarship
  • Gordon County REACH Scholarship
  • Hall County REACH Scholarship
  • Habersham County REACH Scholarship
  • Calhoun REACH Scholarship
  • Dalton REACH Scholarship
  • Savannah REACH Scholarship
Technical Schools and Colleges:
  • Athens Technical College
  • Georgia Piedmont Technical College
  • Gwinnett Technical College
  • Georgia Northwestern Technical College
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
High School Scholarships:
  • Gwinnett County Public Schools Career and Technical Education Pathway
  • Clarke County Public Schools Career and Technical Education Pathway
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