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.”
2021 Kelly Community Scholarship
Congratulations to the 2021 Kelly Community Scholarship awards winners! This year’s high school senior recipient is Anna Olson and this year’s college recipient, and former high school recipient, is Julie Horchler. Both recipients have volunteered and served in many different capacities in their communities and we are proud to name them this year’s Merle Hinkle Memorial Scholarship recipients.
The scholarship application process for the 2021 Kelly Community Scholarship is now closed. Please check back for our updated list of this year’s recipients.
How to Apply
Scholarship Criteria & Requirements:
- Applicant must be a graduating high school senior or college student who has completed 24 credit hours at an accredited college/university.
- 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.
- If applicant is a graduating high school senior, all high school transcripts through the fall semester of the applicant’s senior year will be required with the application. Home-schooled graduating seniors must provide an original, notarized copy of their transcript. Originals are required; no copies are accepted.
- High school applicants must plan to attend an accredited 4-year college or university or a 2-year accredited community college.
- College student applicants must be currently enrolled in an accredited 2-year or 4-year community college, college, or university. A certified copy of the applicant’s college transcripts from the school’s registrar’s office is required along with current semester’s class schedule showing proof of full-time status as an enrolled student.
- Applicant will be judged based on, but not limited to, the following criteria:
- Academic Achievement
- Community Involvement
- Letters of Recommendation
Congratulations to past scholarship recipients!
- 2022: Brylee Bergbower & Matthew Castillo
2021: Anna Olson & Julie Horchler
- 2020: Anna Wilt
- 2019: Emily Bynum & Julie Horchler
- 2018: Kaci Cummins & Colton Whitsell
- 2017: Caleb Wallace & 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