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Congratulations to our 2021 Scholarship Winners!

Hampton Roads Educators Credit Union awarded four scholarships to local high school seniors and school employees. 

“It’s always difficult to narrow down the winners,” said HRECU Manager/CEO Karen Orie. “We know this year was challenging for everyone. We wish the class of 2021 success in everything they do!”  

The following are the 2021 recipients:

$1,000 Career Development Scholarship was awarded to Alauna Samuels. Alauna will graduate from Hampton High School and plans to attend Norfolk State University as a Pre-Nursing major in the Army ROTC. She plans to use her degree to become an advocate for women’s reproductive health, in addition to serving the community in her career field. 

$1,000 Naomi J. Chadwick Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Aliyah Walker, a Hampton High School senior. Aliyah plans to attend James Madison University in the fall where she will study Psychology with an emphasis on Criminology. She plans to pursue a career as a FBI Profiler.

$1,000 Laura W. Twyford Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Austyn Haywood, a senior at Smithfield High School. Austyn plans to attend James Madison University to pursue a degree in Elementary Education with a minor in English. Her goal is to teach first grade. Austyn also plans to pursue an American Sign Language Certification to work with deaf and hearing-impaired children. 

$1,500 Post Graduate Studies Scholarship was awarded to Chelsea Hilliard. Chelsea is a Counselor at Jamestown High School. She is pursuing her PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision at Old Dominion University.  


HRECU Donates School Supplies to Ease Back to School Transition 

When Amy Killian, Family Engagement Specilist at Tyler Elementary, asked for school supply donations, HRECU was there to help! The assortment of supplies helped the children transition back to in-person learning. Tyler is one of the Title I Schools in Hampton. HRECU is proud to be a part of the Tyler Tiger family!  


2021 Teacher Grant Awarded to Nancy Terrell

Congratulations to Nancy Terrell! Nancy received the 2021 Teacher Financial Literacy Grant from HRECU. She teaches at Cesar Tarrant Middle School in Hampton and used the monies for The Game of Life Project. The project provides families with information about financial literacy as they experience key moments in their life. The next round of Teacher Grants will be in the Fall.


Del. Jeion Ward Named League's 2020 Legislator of the Year

Del. Jeion Ward (D-92nd) was honored by Virginia-based credit unions as their 2020 Legislator of the Year during a presentation ceremony on Nov. 10 hosted by HRECU. 

“I’m honored to be recognized by credit unions, because I’m so grateful for my credit union," said Del. Ward. "They care about people. They care about us, the members."

Del. Ward, a middle school educator, has served the 92nd District (portions of Hampton City) since 2004. She currently chairs the House Labor and Commerce Committee, the committee that hears most legislation that affects credit unions and the financial services industry.

The Virginia Credit Union League’s Legislator of the Year Award is presented to lawmakers and elected officials demonstrating extraordinary leadership in advancing legislation and policies that help credit unions compete and ensure credit unions remain a viable financial services option for consumers.


Credit Union Day 2020

One hundred thirty-plus credit union champions participated in Credit Union Day at the General Assembly on January 16th. We tackled more than 50 meetings with lawmakers and their aides during a three-hour window. #CUStrong 


Basic Hygiene Items Donated

HRECU Partners with Hampton City Schools Title I Program

The credit union collected hygiene items and monetary donations to distribute to the 14 Hampton City Schools Title I Program locations. Many of the basic hygiene items were needed, such as deodorant, soap, and toothpaste. The Hampton City Schools Title I Department is a federally funded program that operates under the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB). Students are identified as economically disadvantaged by their free and reduced lunch status.

Pictured above: (L-R) HRECU's Sue Thrash presented Tyler Elementary School's Community Engagement Coordinator Amy Killian with an assortment of requested hygiene items.


Governor Northam signs Executive Directive

Governor Northam Signs Executive Directive 

With the help of students Domani Smith, Emory Hatchett and Chauncy Featherson, Governor Ralph Northam signed an Executive Directive creating a team to look at expanding access to early childhood education. The ceremony was held at the Downtown Hampton Child Development Center on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. He and Virginia First Lady Pamela Northam visited the Center and spoke about the importance of expanding access to early childhood education. HRECU was honored to be a part of this special day.