Georgia’s Own Credit Union Awards $15,000 in Scholarships

In today’s economy, many organizations are scaling back when it comes philanthropic giving and community programming. Such however is not the case for one local credit union.

For a number of years, Georgia’s Own Credit Union, one of the oldest and most trusted financial institutions in the state, has awarded $10,000 in scholarships.

Today, the $1.4 billion, not-for-profit cooperative announced the recipients of its $15,000 in scholarships.

“As a strong corporate citizen, we feel it is our responsibility to provide additional assistance and opportunities during economically troubling times. While the scholarship is one way we are helping our members weather the current economic storm, we work everyday, during good and bad times in our state, to ensure that our members are able to make the most of their money,” said Charlotte S. Ayers, President & CEO of Georgia’s Own Credit Union.

A total of eight scholarships were awarded; $5,000, $3,000, $2,000 and 5, $1,000 allocations.

The 2009 winners are Michael Dawes of Johns Creeks, Alexandria Blevins of Sandy Springs, Elizabeth Darr of Alpharetta, Jennifer Hardin of Marietta, Grayson Baum of Sugar Hill, Benjamin Hilley of Marietta, Mackenzie Smith of Power Springs, and Cara-Joy Wong of Atlanta respectively.

The recipients were selected by a panel of community leaders, including Joe Chandler with AT&T, Debbie Denechaud with WSB, Leisa Rowe with Q100, Walt Phelps with Jezebel Magazine and Kristin Davis with Junior Achievement of Georgia.

Georgia’s Own Credit Union’s scholarship program is part of its larger initiative for teens and young adults i[x]ga.

According to Ayers, i[x]ga is truly next generation finances.

The “’i” in i[x]ga represents individuality, while the “x” stands for the unknown variable- that part of life that is out there for the individual to define for his or herself.”

To learn more about the i[x ga program visit doyouix. com or

Georgia’s Own Credit Union is a full service, notfor profit financial institution founded in 1934.

With more than 140,000 members and $1.4 billion in assets, Georgia’s Own is one of the strongest, largest and most trusted financial institutions in the state.

In addition to the near 400 sponsor groups served by Georgia’s Own, residents of Cherokee, Chatham, Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton, Gwinnett, Hall, Richmond and Rockdale counties are parts of the credit union’s field of membership.

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