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Credit Union Presents Scholarships to Tallman & Hefner

The North Carolina State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU) Foundation recently presented two $2,500 scholarships to Catawba Valley Community College students Jessie N. Tallman of Hiddenite and Cole Hefner of Vale.

The scholarships are given to eligible full-time students based on SECU’s philosophy of “People Helping People,” with recipients chosen by their demonstrations of leadership, excellence of character, integrity and community involvement. The scholarships are funded solely by SECU’s membership and will be used to pay for tuition and other education expenses associated with the recipient’s education.

Tallman is the daughter of Clay and Nelda Tallman of Hiddenite and is a first-year student enrolled in the associate degree radiography program. A 2013 graduate of Alexander Central High School, she was a member of the National Technical Honor Society and Senior Beta Club and was on the “A Honor Roll. She is certified in CPR and First Aid by the American Heart Association and is a certified Level I N.C. Nursing Assistant. She works as a nursing assistant at Valley Nursing Center in Taylorsville.

A 2013 graduate of West Lincoln High School, Hefner was a member of the National Technical Honor Society and National Society of High School Scholars, being named to the Honor Roll throughout his high school career.  He earned a Firefighter I certification and volunteers with the Union Fire Department. Hefner is enrolled in the college transfer program and plans to complete a bachelor’s degree in the field of psychology.

For more information about the SECU Foundation scholarships to CVCC students, contact Debbie Barger, CVCC director of scholarships and financial aid, 828-327-7000, ext. 4214.

Pictured are scholarship recipient Jessie Tallman (center) of Hiddenite; Frank Emery (left), senior vice president of the State Employees Credit Union in Hickory; and Debbie Barger (right), CVCC director of scholarships and financial aid. Not pictured is scholarship recipient Cole Hefner.  


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Updated 10.30.2008: Administrator