As part of an annual commitment to invest in the education of the community’s future leaders, GTE Financial will award 36 local high school and undergraduate students with scholarships to ease the financial burden of college. Among those nominated include a student who started a nonprofit to fund an elementary school for kids in Uruguay; a student returning to college to begin their second career and who is a kind-hearted “Santa” who makes Christmas wishes come true for senior community members; and, an aspiring pediatric oncologist who, for now, works to put smiles on the faces of young patients until he can one day treat them himself.
GTE Financial will award a total of $90,000 in scholarships to students at an awards luncheon at 11:30a.m. on August 16, 2017, at TPepin’s Hospitality Center located at 4121 N 50th St., Tampa.
“We receive hundreds of nominations every year, and we’re so inspired by the stories of these students, their desire to make the world a better place and their commitment to their education,” says Brian Best, president and CEO of GTE Financial. “These students are the next generation of leaders so it only makes sense for us to invest in our future. It is our responsibility to serve our community – and we are proud to acknowledge these students for their admirable accomplishments and are proud to be part of their continued success,” added Best.
A group of 24 prominent leaders of the Tampa Bay community reviewed, evaluated and selected 36 students who have demonstrated dedication, perseverance and a commitment to their education while also giving back to their communities. Each of the recipients will receive $2,500 toward their education.
GTE Financial vows to continue the program every year. Its 2018 scholarship application will be available in February. For more information, visit www.gtefinancial.org/student.
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 and serves more than 250,000 individuals and businesses. More information on GTE Financial can be found at www.gtefinancial.org.