Centra awards Loretta M. Burd Scholarships

Six local high school graduates have been awarded the Loretta M. Burd Scholarship. The program awards one graduating high school senior per Centra Credit Union service center with a $2,500 scholarship each year.

This year’s local recipients are:

• Carly Otte, Columbus East High School

• Evan Martinez, Columbus East High School

• Jaden Alba, Columbus North High School

• Kenzie Pendleton, Columbus North High School

• Lani Coffey, Southwestern Jr. Sr. High School

• Leslie Austin, Brown County High School

Centra Foundation also awards $2,500 adult scholarships for adult or non-traditional students who have returned to school to pursue a degree or certification. The Centra Foundation would like to recognize Shirley Shea for her support of the Loretta M. Burd Adult Scholarship Program. This year’s adult scholarship recipients are Christina Shaw (Columbus), Kade Roach (Salem), Stacy Workman-Wyatt (Columbus), Priyadharshini Manikandan (Carmel), Tanner Bowman (Nashville) and Tesia Baker (Scottsburg).

Named in honor of Loretta M. Burd, who retired from Centra Credit Union after 47 years of service, the Loretta M. Burd Scholarship Program is designed to help local students pursuing a college or technical school education.

All applications are reviewed on academic achievements, school and community involvement, work history and a short essay about financial literacy. The scholarship places value on well-rounded students who display a strong work ethic and involvement in their local community. The full list of winners is available at https://www.centra.org/2024/04/congratulations-2024-scholarship-recipients.