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VACU Awards $75,000 in Scholarships to 30 Student Members

Virginia Credit Union has awarded $75,000 in college scholarships to 30 student members through the annual Virginia Credit Union Scholarship Program.

The program has provided nearly $1.25 million in scholarship support to student members of the credit union since it was established in 1991.

Students selected for the $2,500 scholarships were recognized for scholastic achievement, community service, extracurricular activities, an essay, and work to help cover the cost of their education. This year’s winners include 15 rising college freshmen and 15 college sophomores, juniors or seniors. The winners are:

Rising College Freshmen

  • Alexandrea Chambliss of Henrico, a senior at J. R. Tucker High School
  • Logan Creasey of Maidens, a senior at Goochland High School
  • Chase Deles of Glen Allen, a senior at J. R. Tucker High School
  • Anna Dockum of Ashland, a senior at Hanover High School
  • Grace Goodpasture of Ashland, a senior at The Steward School
  • William Lee of Keswick, a senior at Monticello High School
  • Josephine Lynn of Mechanicsville, a senior at Lee Davis High School
  • Patrick Marshall of Chester, a senior at Matoaca High School
  • Alexis Massenburg of Glen Allen, a senior at Glen Allen High School
  • Kamryn Owen of Glen Allen, a senior at Highland Springs High School
  • Maria Parent of Spotsylvania, a senior at Courtland High School
  • Alexander Sellers of Glen Allen, a homeschooled high school senior
  • Luke Shawler of Mechanicsville, a senior at Lee Davis High School
  • Julia Wack of Midlothian, a senior at Monacan High School
  • Nala Wyatt of Richmond, a senior at Richmond Community High School

College Students

  • Kayla Buchanan of Glen Allen, a sophomore at Christopher Newport University
  • Abigail Carter of Mechanicsville, a sophomore at James Madison University
  • Evan Chase of Dumfries, a junior at Georgia Tech
  • Ashley Childress of Mechanicsville, a sophomore at Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Anneke Craig of Midlothian, a sophomore at Mount Holyoke College
  • Emery England of Mechanicsville, who attends Old Dominion University
  • Courtney Jefferson of Henrico, a junior at Old Dominion University
  • Excellence Perry of North Chesterfield, who attends the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
  • Ariana Speight of Midlothian, who attends Liberty University
  • Alexzane Taylor of Chesterfield, a junior at Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Jasmine Taylor of North Chesterfield, a sophomore at Syracuse University
  • Van Tran of Chesterfield, who attends Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Seth Usher of Fredericksburg, a sophomore at George Mason University
  • Taryn Winters of Midlothian, a junior at Virginia Tech
  • Jacob Wright of Rustburg, a junior at Virginia Tech

Virginia Credit Union established the scholarship program to help members working toward their first undergraduate degree. The program honors Dot Hall and Jane Watkins, former presidents of Virginia Credit Union.

To be eligible for the program next year, students must join VACU by December 1. Scholarship applications for 2020 will be available January 1.


A financial cooperative serving more than 280,000 members, Virginia Credit Union offers a variety of affordable banking services, loans, mortgages, and free financial education resources, with a focus on helping people be more confident with their finances. Virginia Credit Union is an equal housing opportunity lender and is federally insured by NCUA.

Media Contact: Glenn Birch | glenn.birch@vacu.org | (804) 560-5664