Freedom First Awards Academic Scholarships

May 18, 2017

Freedom First Credit Union is proud to announce $8,500 in scholarship awards to local students, including a $2,500 donation to the Virginia Tech scholarship fund.

Three students each received a $1,000 Charles Perkins Scholarship in honor of Charles Perkins, who served as general manager and president of Freedom First Credit Union. This year’s Charles Perkins Scholarship recipients are Julie McKnew, Morgan Fisher, and Ryea Young.

Julie is currently a freshman at Longwood University. Morgan Fisher is graduating from Giles High School, and also attends the Southwest Governor’s School for Science, Mathematics, and Technology, as well as taking online courses through the New River Community College. She plans to attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Ryea Young is graduating from Christiansburg High School and plans to attend Virginia Tech. 

The $1,000 Fritz Kehn scholarship, dedicated to the memory of one of Freedom First’s seven original charter members, was awarded to Hannah Nimmo. Hannah is graduating from Salem High School.

Freedom First awarded two $1,000 City of Salem/Frank Turk Scholarships to Abigail Bryant and Elissa Look. Both students attend Salem High School and will attend Christopher Newport University and Radford University respectively.

Lord Botetourt High School graduate Jake DuVall was awarded this year’s $1,000 Torie Phillips Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship is given in recognition of exemplary character and academic achievement in honor of the life and memory of Lord Botetourt High School student Torie Phillips. Jake will be attending Virginia Tech this fall.