East Feliciana High School graduates Diamond Alexander and Jordan Davis were each awarded a $500 scholarship from Pelican State Credit Union.

Alexander is a member of the credit union’s Jackson branch while Davis is a member of its Zachary branch. They are among 12 college-bound students across the state to receive awards from Pelican, which grants up to $6,000 in scholarships annually, a news release said.

Alexander was a member of the school’s 4-H and poetry clubs and marching and concert bands. She earned several awards during high school, including Student of the Month, and is attending Baton Rouge Community College to pursue a career as a registered nurse.

Davis, who was named salutatorian, also was a member of the Student Government Association and the football team. He earned several awards throughout high school, including the Principal’s Award.

He’ll attend Southeastern Louisiana University to pursue a career as a mechanical engineer.

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

Conrad said the two recipients stood out among their peers as active leaders in their schools and communities.

“We enjoy giving back to our youth members and look forward to hearing many great things about these two young leaders in the future,” Pelican CEO Jeffrey K. Conrad said.

Pelican’s scholarship program was founded nine years ago. On top of being eligible for scholarships, young account holders also receive cash for their good grades, Conrad added.

Scholarship applications are accepted from January through April each year.

For information on eligibility and the application process, call (800) 351-4877 or visit pelicanstatecu.com/teampelican.