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Achieva Credit Union honors two of its own, naming new scholarships for credit union leaders




DUNEDIN, Fla. (Feb. 26, 2020) – Achieva Credit Union is pleased to announce that it has added two new $2,500 student scholarships to its Achieva Scholarship Competition. The new scholarships are named for Trellis Poe and Jack Berthy, two emeritus members of the Acheiva Board of Directors.

The two new scholarships and nine others will be awarded during Achieva’s annual scholarship luncheon in June.

Poe was elected to the credit union Board of Directors in 1997 and has served as an Active Director Emeritus since 2018. She retired from the Pinellas County School Board in 2006 after having been employed as office manager for the Area 1 Superintendent for more than 20 years.

Berthy joined Achieva’s Board of Directors in 1999 and has served as an Active Director Emeritus since 2019. Berthy retired after a 36-year career at Honeywell Aerospace Corp., where he most recently served as manager of manufacturing. “Captain Jack” also served as Supervisory Committee Chairman of Honeywell’s credit union for several years. He has completed 42 of the CUNA Volunteer Achievement Program board education modules.

“We’re thrilled to honor Trellis and Jack in this way,” Achieva CEO Gary Regoli said. “Education is at the foundation of what we do at Achieva, and by providing scholarship assistance, we can enable greater success for students. Now, two of these students will link their success with Trellis and Jack – a deserving legacy for them both.”

Each year, Achieva offers two scholarship categories to deserving students. Eight $2,000 scholarship awards will be given this year, along with three $2,500 awards. There is a March 31 deadline for this year’s applicants.

To be eligible for the $2,000 Achieva Credit Union Scholarship, applicants must be Achieva Credit Union members in good standing and either be a high school senior or currently enrolled in college or vocational training school.

To be eligible for the $2,500 Hugh “Max” Kriever Memorial Scholarship and the Trellis Poe and Jack Berthy Honorary Scholarships, applicants must be Achieva Credit Union members in good standing and be a student committed to majoring in education.

Applicants must complete an application and submit a short essay addressing the question, “What is the greatest financial challenge facing your generation and how will you prepare to overcome it?”

Applicants will be evaluated on a range of factors, including academic accomplishments, extracurricular activities, community involvement and future goals. Answers to essay questions about responsible money management and financial literacy in relation to community impact will also be taken into consideration.

Achieva has awarded more than $170,000 since the beginning of this program in 2005.

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