Recent high school graduates Hannah Ducote and Destiny Wilson were each granted $500 scholarship awards from Pelican State Credit Union.

Ducote is a member of Pelican State Credit Union in Zachary, and Wilson a member of the credit union in Jackson.

The girls are two of 13 college-bound students across the state to receive an award from Pelican, which grants up to $6,500 in scholarships each year, a news release said.

Wilson, a West Feliciana High School graduate, was a member of the BETA Club, choir, 4-H, Students Against Destructive Decisions and several other scholastic and service organizations. She earned several awards throughout high school, including the West Feliciana Drug and Alcohol Awareness Leadership Award and Greater Baton Rouge Leadership Award. Wilson plans to attend Our Lady of the Lake College and pursue a career as a health service administrator.

Ducote, a graduate of Central High School, was a member of the BETA Club, Helping Hands Club, Student Council, the cheerleading squad and several other organizations. She earned several awards throughout high school, including recognition as a national high school scholar all four years.

Ducote is attending LSU with plans to major in biology and attend the LSU School of Dentistry.

“Pelican is committed to serving its branch communities, and our scholarship award program supports credit union members graduating high school that exhibit the same commitment,” Pelican CEO Jeffrey K. Conrad said.

A volunteer committee of Pelican employees scored the scholarship applications based on academic achievement, extracurricular activities, leadership, community service and letters of recommendation, the release said.

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