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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 $1.4 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

  • Adegboye Adebayo of Glen Allen, VA, a graduate of Glen Allen High School, planning to attend Temple University.
  • Jacey Brown of Henrico, a graduate of Henrico High School, planning to attend Virginia State University.
  • Delaney Haislop of Ruther Glen, VA, a graduate of Caroline High School, planning to attend Randolph-Macon College.
  • Jestinus Jackson of Spotsylvania, VA, a graduate of Spotsylvania High School, planning to attend Germanna Community College.
  • Destiny Jones of Highland Springs, VA, a graduate of Highland Springs High School, planning to attend UNC-Chapel Hill.
  • Isabella Kates of Richmond, a graduate of the Maggie Walker Governor’s School, planning to attend New York University.
  • Aditya Kotha of Henrico, a graduate of J. R. Tucker High School, planning to attend VCU.
  • Taylor Lamb of Midlothian, a graduate of the Maggie Walker Governor’s School, planning to attend the University of Virginia.
  • Julian Millan of Mechanicsville, a graduate of Hanover High School, planning to attend the California Institute of Technology.
  • Carter Morris of Glen Allen, VA, a graduate of Mills Godwin High School, planning to attend the University of Virginia.
  • Jordan Perry of Anthem, AZ, a graduate of Caurus Academy, planning to attend Tuskegee University.
  • Nasja Powers of Petersburg, a graduate of the Maggie Walker Governor’s School, planning to attend the University of Pittsburgh.
  • Hunter Robbins of Mechanicsville, a graduate of Hanover High School, planning to attend Virginia Military Institute.
  • Jessica Savage of Henrico, a graduate of J. R. Tucker High School, planning to attend Virginia Tech.
  • Colin Schmidt of Henrico, a graduate of J. R. Tucker High School, planning to attend the University of South Carolina.

College Students

  • Emmanuella Brewu-Sarpong of Moseley, VA, a sophomore at Cornell University.
  • Lauren Elam of Henrico, a junior at James Madison University.
  • Sarah Escorcia of Midlothian, a sophomore at Elon University.
  • Ashby Hill of Richmond, a senior at Virginia Union University.
  • Iyaana Johnson of Henrico, a senior at Howard University.
  • Maxwell Kates-Tate of Henrico, a sophomore at Virginia Tech.
  • Lily Miller of Richmond, a junior at Regent University.
  • Victoria Osenga of Glen Allen, a sophomore at the University of Richmond.
  • Maddison Sailer of Midlothian, a senior at James Madison University.
  • Tanatswa Sambana of N. Chesterfield, a senior at Old Dominion University.
  • Isabel Scarpino of Richmond, a junior at Tulane University.
  • Ariana Speight of Midlothian, a senior at Liberty University.
  • Jessica St. John of N. Chesterfield, a junior at George Mason University.
  • Camryn Tinsley of Glen Allen, a senior at Christopher Newport University.
  • Emily Waters of S. Chesterfield, a junior at Shenandoah University.

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 2022 will be available January 1.


A financial cooperative serving more than 320,000 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