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Pelican State Credit Union Branch Manager Katherine Scales presents the award to scholarship winner Myles Simmons, one of 13 college-bound students to receive the $1,000 award from Pelican.

Silliman Institute graduate Myles Simmons was awarded a $1,000 scholarship from Pelican State Credit Union.

Simmons is a member of Pelican State Credit Union, 2919 La. 10, Jackson. He is one of 13 college-bound students to receive this award from Pelican, which grants up to $13,000 in scholarships each year.

Simmons is a member of the National Society of High School Scholars and the National Honor Society. He served as student body president his senior year and received the Scholastic Award for the 2017 varsity football team. Simmons also volunteers at nursing and special-needs homes during the holidays.

“This is what we are all about — making an impact in our communities by investing in individuals. These students are the future leaders of their communities, and we are more than the credit union they will come home to. We are here to support them as their financial family for life,” said Pelican CEO Jeffrey K. Conrad.

A volunteer committee made up of Pelican employees scored the scholarship applications based on academic achievement, extracurricular activities, leadership, community service and letters of recommendation. This year, the committee received 62 applications from students with a combined 1,000 hours of volunteer service.

Scholarship applications are accepted from January to March each year. For information on eligibility and the application process, call (800) 351-4877 or visit pelicanstatecu.com/teampelican.