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Ascend Federal Credit Union Awards Members $12,000 to Continue Their Education

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Ascend Federal Credit Union Awards Members $12,000 to Continue Their Education

TULLAHOMA, Tenn., June 11, 2020 – For the eighteenth consecutive year, Ascend Federal Credit Union is showing its commitment to education with $1,000 scholarships for 12 of its members.

“This has been such a difficult and challenging year for students and their families,” Ascend President and CEO Caren Gabriel said. “COVID-19 has caused classes and traditional celebrations like proms and graduations to be cancelled, and it has caused financial hardship. I’m so glad it hasn’t affected our ability to offer this scholarship to members seeking to improve their lives with higher education.”

Winners of the 2020 Ascend Federal Credit Union Scholarship, their hometown and their college, university, technical or trade school include the following:

  • Marynia Harris – McMinnville – Lipscomb University
  • Elexa Payne – Manchester – T ennessee T echnological University
  • Adam Watts – Tullahoma – Trevecca Nazarene University
  • Gabriela Jaimes – Smyrna – Middle Tennessee State University
  • Brianna Cardenal – Hillsboro – East Tennessee State University
  • Savannah Roth – Murfreesboro – The University of Tennessee
  • Rebeka Bishop – Lafayette, Indiana – Full Sail University
  • Timothy Gassman – Murfreesboro – Middle Tennessee State University
  • Semon Sabir – Antioch – South College
  • Nevaeh Adkins – Fairview – The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
  • Jared Halliburton – Tullahoma – Motlow State Community College
  • Trevor Fike – Belvidere – Brigham Young University-IdahoDetails for Ascend’s 2021 scholarship will be posted at later this year. Ascend employees, officials and any of their family members are excluded from eligibility. Scholarship winners may reapply for the next academic year if they meet program requirements.

Marynia Harris

Elexa Payne

Adam Watts










Brianna Cardenal

Savannah Roth

Rebeka Bishop










Timothy Gassman

Semon Sabir

Nevaeh Adkins












Jared Halliburton

Trevor Fike











About Ascend Federal Credit Union

With more than 213,000 members and more than $2.87 billion in assets, Ascend Federal Credit Union is the largest credit union in Middle Tennessee and one of the largest federally chartered credit unions in the United States. Based in Tullahoma, Tenn., the member-owned financial institution offers banking, loan, retirement and investment services from its 25 branches, more than 55,000 free ATMs worldwide, online banking portal, and mobile app. The credit union’s mission is to serve by offering financial literacy education and giving back to its community in a variety of ways. Ascend is federally insured by the National Credit Union Administration. For more information, visit