The Five Star Credit Union Foundation is making its first scholarship grants to help students pay for college for the 2022-2023 school year. The Five Star Credit Union Foundation awarded the College of Coastal Georgia in Brunswick $10,000 for incoming freshmen. Providing scholarships is one of the main ways the Five Star Credit Union Foundation removes the financial barrier to college for students in the Wiregrass.

“Our purpose at Five Star is to brighten the financial future of the communities we serve,” said Robert A. Steensma, president of the Five Star Credit Union Foundation. “By helping as many students as possible attend college, it sets a foundation for the rest of their lives. We want to not only remove barriers for our members to gain access to financial services, but we also want to remove barriers to help our communities prosper and gain the skills they need to be successful.”

The $10,000 grant will enable two students to be able to attend college tuition free this upcoming school year. The grant goes into the College of Coastal Georgia scholarship system. The recipients of the scholarship will be chosen by the College of Coastal Georgia.

“We are so thankful to the Five Star Credit Union Foundation for their generous gift to Coastal Georgia students,” said College of Coastal Georgia President Michelle R. Johnston. “This scholarship will make a significant difference in the lives of students and will allow them to stay focused on their education.”

The Five Star Credit Union Foundation awarded $30,000 total to three schools in communities it serves. Wallace Community College in Dothan, AL received $10,000. Southern Regional Technical College in Bainbridge, GA received $10,000. This will help eight students attend college tuition-free their freshman year.