The Kelly Community Scholarship for Volunteerism was created to honor our late Chairman of the Board, Merle Hinkle. Mr. Hinkle unselfishly volunteered at our credit union for over 34 years. He was a visionary leader that supported the credit union’s efforts to help the community, widen our membership base, and better protect our members’ assets and deposits.
Mr. Hinkle embraced the credit union’s need to branch out to meet the needs of members and the community as a whole. Shortly before his death in April 2002, Mr. Hinkle helped secure the land that would eventually become the new 10,000 square foot main office on Grande Boulevard in Tyler. Many Kelly Community employees remember Mr. Hinkle as “a great man to work for that cared for credit union members and employees.”
2018 Kelly Community Scholarship Winners
Kelly Community is proud to announce the winners of the 2018 Kelly Community Merle Hinkle Memorial Scholarship for Volunteerism. This year had a field of deserving students, who were each a leader in their schools and communities, exhibiting a spirit of volunteerism while giving back in many different areas. The selection of this year’s applicants was a difficult decision, but we had two applicants that rose to the top. Congratulations to Kaci Cummins, a 2018 graduate of Jacksonville High School; and to 2018 Troup High School graduate, Colton Whitsell.
How to Apply
Applications for the 2018 Kelly Community FCU Scholarship for graduating High School students are no longer available. The deadline to apply has passed. Applications for our 2019 scholarships will be available in March, 2019.
Scholarship Criteria & Requirements
- Applicant must be a graduating high school senior.
- Applicant must be a member in good standing of Kelly Community Federal Credit Union (KCFCU), and/or be related to an immediate family member in good standing at KCFCU. (Immediate family is defined as: spouse, father/mother, father-in-law/mother-in-law, sister/brother, sister-in-law/brother-in-law, son/daughter, step-parent, step-siblings, step-children, grandparent/spouse’s grandparent.) A minimum of 180 calendar days of KCFCU membership is required prior to date of application.
- Applicant must maintain a cumulative minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale) in high school coursework. High School transcripts through the fall semester of the application year will be required with application. Home-schooled graduating seniors must provide an original, notarized copy of their transcript. Originals are required; copies are not acceptable.
- Applicant must plan to attend an accredited 4-year college or university or a 2-year accredited community college.
- Applicant will be judged based on, but not limited to, the following criteria:
- Academic Achievement
- Community Involvement
- Letters of Recommendation
The scholarship application acceptance period has closed. Kelly Community is no longer accepting applications for our 2018 Scholarships.
Congratulations to past scholarship recipients!
- 2018: Kaci Cummins and Colton Whitsell
- 2017: Caleb Wallace and Corban Sorrells
- 2016: Joanna Bartley
- 2016: Bree Bergbower
- 2015: Arielle Williams
- 2015: Sherra Diane Holt
- 2014: Cody Hutson
- 2014: Timothy Schmitt
- 2013: Andrea Youngblood
- 2013: Baylee C. Rozell
- 2012: Minta Spears
- 2012: Minta Cotton
- 2011: Hunter Walters
- 2011: Kirk Bryant
- 2010: Justin Payne
- 2009: Phillip Knowles
- 2008: Corey Cruz
- 2008: Michael Terrell
- 2007: Lauren Smith