The GTE Foundation Scholarship Program awarded a total of $90,000 in scholarship funds to 36 local high school and undergraduate students at an awards luncheon hosted by GTE Financial on Aug. 10 at the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay.
“We are pleased to award another group of exemplary young men and women a GTE Foundation Scholarship and recognize their dedication to academic achievements and community service,” says Joe Brancucci, GTE Financial president and CEO. “The challenge our judging panel faces of narrowing so many impressive candidates down to only 36 becomes harder each year. So many of today’s youth promise to be great leaders in our community, and it’s our privilege to help support their academic goals.”
Recipients of the $2,500 scholarships and their families, as well as GTE Financial’s executive management team, members of GTE Financial’s board of directors and the Scholarship Judging Committee, attended the awards luncheon emceed by Jane Castor, principal of Castor Consulting, LLC, and former chief and 31 year veteran of the Tampa Police Department. GTE received 413 completed applications for the scholarships this year and the judges evaluated applications based on students’ community engagement, volunteerism and academic achievements.
The GTE Foundation Scholarship program accepts applications from graduating high school seniors and undergraduate college students who are GTE Financial members, and awards are made annually. More information on the GTE Foundation and the GTE scholarship program can be found at gtefinancial.org/scholarships.
About GTE Financial:
GTE Financial is a not-for-profit financial cooperative with more than $1.7 billion in assets and 22 Community Financial Centers located throughout West Central Florida. Chartered in 1935, GTE Financial is locally owned and operated in the Tampa Bay area, serving the financial needs of more than 234,000 individuals and businesses. More information on GTE Financial can be found at www.gtefinancial.org.