June 12, 2021

Meet Scholarship Recipient Julie Horchler

Julie Horchler was born to teach.

From volunteering to help students with disabilities when she was in elementary school to leading her high school’s Ready Set Teach program, Horchler has spent years cultivating the skills necessary to shape the next generation of learners.

“I firmly believe those simple actions are what sparked my desire to volunteer more in my local area, so that one day when I become a teacher I will be equipped with the knowledge of the needs and ability to better my community,” said Horchler.

An incoming junior at Stephen F. Austin, Horchler doesn’t plan to work with high-performing, easy-to-teach students when she starts her teaching career. Her passion is for at-risk children who don’t have everything going for them. She hopes to work in school intervention programs that help lower-performing students reach their goals.

While many college students keep their academic and career goals separate from personal hobbies, Horchler has found a way to blend them both.

As feature twirler with the Stephen F. Austin marching band, Horchler plans to one day open her own baton twirling studio. She currently runs a twirl competition every year that has raised over $20,000 for high school band students.

“This sport has taught me so many valuable life skills. I would love to pass along the values of teamwork, perseverance and determination to young people in that sport,” said Horchler.

Horchler is a third-generation Kelly Community member and embodies the spirit of volunteerism on which our credit union was built.

Congratulations, Juile! We can’t wait to see what good you continue doing in the world!

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