Now That You’re Done Filing Your Taxes…

0a79f4f55a077e1a1204ae2c24fbc444_529-college-savings-grandchildren_featuredImageDon’t put it off any longer!  Be a part of an exciting program and sweepstakes to help your family start planning for your child or a loved one’s college education. Get Smart GA is an online financial literacy program provided by the Georgia Student Finance Authority (GSFA). It focuses on the importance of saving for college and how opening a Georgia’s Path2College 529 Plan account is a great first step.

Just by spending a few minutes viewing an online module, you can enter to win a $1,529 Path2College 529 Plan contribution to help pay for future college expenses.

Simply follow the steps below by April 30, 2016 to participate in the GSFA Path to Financial Literacy Sweepstakes.

  1. Go to the website: https://atwork.everfi.net/getsmartga-stateemployee
  2. Create an account
  3. View the 10 minute module
  4. For a chance to win, read the official rules and complete the online sweepstakes form at the end of the module.

If you have any questions, please contact me. Thank you for your participation.

Get Smart GA is provided by GSFA in partnership with Path2College 529 Plan and the State of Georgia.

Apply for Georgia United Credit Union’s 2016 Scholarship Programs

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Apply for Georgia United Credit Union’s 2016 Scholarship Programs

It’s time for members to apply for Georgia United’s 22nd Annual Scholarship Program! Open to high school seniors preparing to go to college or technical school this fall, Georgia United’s Scholarship Competition is one of the Credit Union’s most enduring and popular programs supporting continuing education. To date, Georgia United has already provided a total $155,000 in scholarships for high school seniors through this program!

Named for the founder of the Credit Union, the Vernon E. Carne scholarship focuses on a short essay of 250 words or less.  In addition, students should complete a Georgia United scholarship form and include a copy of their high school transcript and a letter of acceptance from the college or technical school they will attend. Students (or their parents) must be members of Georgia United, and are encouraged to include information regarding financial need, scholastic standing, special achievements, and leadership.

For an online application and program rules, visit www.gucu.org or contact us at (770) 476-6409. All entries must be received by March 1, 2016. Winners will be announced by April 1, 2016.

The Vernon E. Carne Scholarship for $10,000 will be distributed as follows:

  • 1st Place Recipient: $3,000
  • 2nd Place Recipient: $2,000
  • 3rd Place Recipient: $1,000
  • Top Eight Runners-Up: $500 each

Georgia United also offers two Catholic Scholarships, in memory of Archbishop Emeritus John F. Donoghue.  During Archbishop Donoghue’s service to the Archdiocese of Atlanta, he was a strong supporter of Catholic education and instrumental in opening five new Catholic Schools, as well as an advocate in offering credit union services to the entire Archdiocese.

The $2,500 Archbishop Emeritus John Francis Donoghue Scholarship award will be distributed as follows:

  • 1st Place:  $1,500
  • 2nd Place:  $1,000

As with the Vernon Carne Scholarship, applications, rules and guidelines for the Donoghue Scholarships may also be found at www.gucu.org

About Georgia United Credit Union

Georgia United Credit Union is ranked as one of the top credit unions in Georgia in both size and safety at $1 billion in assets, over 140,000 members and 18 branch locations.  Georgia United seeks to make members’ lives easier by offering products, services and education to help members meet their needs and achieve their goals.

Georgia United Credit Union serves all State Agency employees, Board of Regents colleges and universities, employees of over 500 companies and 11 county school systems.

Education Support Leave Now Available

All full-time, non-temporary employees who work at least 40 hours per week will have a new type of leave available for use.  House Bill 313, effective July 1, 2015,  was signed into law this year and will provide eligible employees with up to eight (8) paid hours of Education Support Leave per calendar year. Eligible employees will be able to request to use the Education Support Leave to participate in activities related to student achievement and academic support that promote education in Georgia.  This leave will be available to all eligible employees, both parents of students and non-parents, and may be considered for activities supporting public, private, and home school achievement. Activities that promote education in Georgia may include, but are not limited to, some of the following:

  • Attend Parent/Teacher conferences
  • Participate in classroom activities, such as reading to a class or presenting on career day
  • Tutor students without receiving compensation
  • Proctor examinations
  • Attend award and recognition ceremonies or graduation exercises
  • Participate in field day activities or field trips
  • Attend open house functions

State Personnel Board Rule 478-1-.16, Absence from Work, has been revised to include guidance on this type of leave and may be viewed on the Department of Administrative Services’ website.  Eligible employees should contact their direct supervisor or their Human Resources office for guidance on requesting and using this type of leave. Through the Education Support Leave program, eligible employees have the opportunity to support education at all levels, from pre-K/early care and learning all the way through higher education.  Employees may wish to contact their local school systems, private schools, day care facilities, technical colleges, and/or universities to inquire about opportunities to support education initiatives in their communities and any background check or other criteria they would need to meet before participating in volunteer activities.