South Carolina Federal Credit Union recently awarded $7,500 in scholarship prizes to three Lowcountry stu- dents.
The winners include: Shira Cohen received the first-place prize of $4,000. She attends Ashley Hall High School in Charleston and plans to attend Princeton University
Leah Snipe received the second-place prize of $2,500. Snipe lives on Johns Island and attends Wofford College.
Nathan Smith received the third-place prize of $1,000. He attends Stratford High School in Goose Creek and plans to attend the Calhoun Honors College at Clemson University.
“This is the second year we’ve conducted this competition, and we had a surplus of qualified applicants,” said Scott Woods, president and CEO, South Carolina Federal Credit Union.
“These three winners are to be commended on their exceptional academic work, for pursuing higher education and for their commitment to helping others.”
More than 100 students applied earlier this year, and the top three students were selected by both internal and external judges.
Candidates were required to submit an application, letter of recommendation, transcript and written or video essay.
In the essay, students shared how the credit union’s philosophy of “People Helping People” influenced their lives.