2019 Call Federal Scholarship Winners
It is our pleasure to announce the 2019 winners of our Alice S. Pearce scholarship program. Named for the credit union’s first CEO, it is an honor to play even a small role in the educational journeys of these tremendous young members. These decisions were difficult to come by, as once again the committee was blown away by the accomplishments of the students who applied.
Alice S. Pearce Scholarship Winners
A soon-to-be graduate of Powhatan High School, Danielle Bigham is the captain of the Lady Indians varsity field hockey team and also participates in indoor and outdoor track. She is passionate about educating others on living a healthy lifestyle and the role it plays in preventing future injuries. Fittingly, her goal is to become a physical therapist and return home to help relieve the pain and suffering of her neighbors and their families. She also has extensive experience in event planning, from coordinating a Relay for Life race as well as helping to plan her school’s prom. Given these interests and experiences, she is working to create a wellness fair for the Powhatan community. Danielle will attend Virginia Tech this fall.
While money and possessions can come and go, knowledge is something you hold onto forever. The support of a loving and passionate teacher taught Karen Martin that lesson when she was struggling with math. Now it is her aim to likewise share her love of learning with the generations to come, bringing the same passionate approach that once helped her to impoverished areas, where she hopes to alleviate some of the educational inequalities we see today. Karen is currently a rising sophomore at Virginia Tech. She serves as a ‘homework buddy’ at a Blacksburg elementary school and is involved in campus ministries, all while also working in the dining hall.
For Payton Jager, a summer working with Alzheimer’s patients took an interest in the medical field and turned it into a full-blown passion for nursing. As part of her internship program, she helped 18 patients create books made up of their personal stories, which they would then share with their fellow residents. She serves as an officer for the local Future Medical Professionals of America chapter and volunteers regularly at St. Mary’s Hospital. In addition to all of that, she is involved in her church and participates in the local swim team and the Pep Club. Payton will complete her studies at Glen Allen High School this June before heading off to the University of Virginia in the fall.
If you are looking for a natural-born example of service & leadership, look no further than Zakaria Grandy. She is co-captain of the cheerleading squad and Senior Class President at Richmond Community High. She volunteers with the Children’s Museum of Richmond, FeedMore, The Giving Heart, The Salvation Army, and Kid Connection, all while working as a cashier at Kroger. Over the past two summers, she has completed internships with the Virginia Department of Taxation and Virginia Employment Commission. Having been by her mother’s side as she battled breast cancer when she was a freshman as well as watching another family member struggle with mental health issues, Zakaria has developed a passion for helping people improve their health and well-being and intends to become an occupational therapist. Zakaria will matriculate at Winston-Salem State University this August.