Gulf Winds Announces 2019 Scholarship Recipients

Gulf Winds is awarding $20,000 in scholarships to four area graduates, each presented with $5,000 to further their education at a higher learning institution. 

“Gulf Winds understands the importance of continuing your education,” said Chris Rutledge, CEO/President of Gulf Winds. “These students have proven themselves academically and exemplify Gulf Winds commitment to family and community. We are proud to support the next step in their journey.”

Gulf Winds received 27 applications for the 2019 Gulf Winds Scholarship Program which is designed to support first-year undergraduate students that are members in good standing at the Credit Union for at least a year. Applications are reviewed by a committee consisting of senior-level Credit Union staff that evaluate each applicant’s financial needs, GPA, community involvement, personal essay and letters of recommendation. The committee scores each application and recommends the top scoring applicants for approval by the Board of Directors.

The scholarship recipients Alexandra Moulder, Makenzie Wiggins, Jordan Stein & Laney Jernigan (L to R)

 

2019 Scholarship Winner Profiles:

Laney Jernigan

Laney lives in Cantonment, FL and is a recent graduate of Escambia High School. She is attending the University of Alabama and will major in pre-medical with ambitions to become a prenatal occupational therapist. At Escambia High School, Laney was the Parliamentarian for the National Honors Society and a member of the cheer team. She was also a member of the Student Government Association, the Science National Honor Society, the Chemistry Club and the Mu Alpha Theta math club. Laney was active in the community volunteering for events like the Breast Cancer Walk, Alzheimer’s Walk, Heart Walk and Read Across America’s Literacy Night.

Alexandra Moulder

Alexandra lives in Brewton, AL and is a recent graduate of W.S. Neal High School. She is attending Troy University to study nursing. At W.S. Neal High School, Alexandra was a majorette in the marching band. She also played clarinet in the school’s band.  She was a member of the National Honors Society, Mu Alpha Theta math club, Key Club, Futures Farmers of America (FFA), and the Student Government Association. She was active in her community volunteering for more than 70 hours for the FFA and Farm Safety Day.

Jordan Stein

Jordan lives in Gulf Breeze, FL and is a recent graduate of Pensacola High School’s International Baccalaureate Program. She is attending Tulane University to study psychology with ambitions to become a pediatric geneticist. At Pensacola High School, Jordan was Co-President of Spanish National Honors Society and a member of the National Honors Society and Science National Honors Society. She was also a member of the Health Occupations Students of America organization and placed 1st in their District Competition testing knowledge in the subject area of human growth and development in 2018. Jordan was very active in the community, co-founding the Thirty Million Words Service Project raising $20,000 to support efforts improving early education outcomes in Escambia County. She also was a counselor at Camp S.K.A.M.P (Special Kids and Meaningful People) helping kids with disabilities and inspiring her studies in neuroscience and psychology.

Makenzie Wiggins

Makenzie lives in Tallahassee, FL and is a recent graduate of Leon High School. She is attending Florida State University to major in biology with ambitions to become a pharmacist or biomedical engineer. At Leon High School, Makenzie was the Vice President of Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica, recipient of the Leon High guitar-lead award and played on the varsity softball team. She was also a member of the National Honors Society, Science National Honor Society, National English Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta math club, and Rho Kappa Honor Society. She was active in her community volunteering with Tallahassee Memorial Hospital pharmacy program, working with Raa Middle School softball and volleyball teams, and playing guitar for the FCA Praise Band.

About the Gulf Winds Scholarship Program:

Since 2007 Gulf Winds has provided $162,500 in scholarships to 49 first-year continuing education students that are members of the Credit Union. Gulf Winds understands the importance of continuing education and is aware of the rising costs. The Gulf Winds scholarships are named to honor pioneer members of the credit union for their dedicated service to its members. In memory of these important leaders, scholarships are established in the names of Rufus Caton, Louis Lambert, Lola Stephens and Al Evans, Jr.