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.

State offices close at noon today, 01/22/16

State-Offices-Closed-at-noon-TGNewsIn an effort to minimize the number of afternoon commuters, Governor Nathan Deal is directing state agency heads to close state offices at noon on Friday, January 22, 2016, in the 21 affected counties as well as on Capitol Hill; with the exception of all essential and emergency personnel. State employees in the affected areas should follow teleworking arrangements until noon, where applicable.

For the full statement from the Governor, click here. For the Executive order, click here.

Please take a minute to review the state’s Inclement Weather Policy, including where to find out about state office closures. You might also want to review the State’s recent advisory on absences due to emergency closures.

You can also prepare for severe weather with planning and safety tips from http://www.ready.ga.gov/.