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Scholarships

Park Community Credit Union supports higher education in our communities. We offer a variety of scholarships to meet the unique needs of different students. We also offer special scholarships designed for low income families.

Education and poverty are complexly tangled. Children from low income households are predisposed to various obstacles at school and at home, limiting their chances for educational success. At the same time, missed educational opportunities can trap them within the cycle of poverty. Some obstacles that children from low-income homes encounter may include instability, distress, low food access, and poor health. These issues can lead to social, physical, and cognitive consequences that make higher educational attainment difficult to achieve.

Park believes that every person should have an opportunity to reach their educational goals. Our scholarship program is a way to eliminate gaps of care in the education solution. Some of our opportunities include access to mentors, resource referral, transportation, and computer equipment. If you are a traditional or non-traditional student living in Kentucky or Indiana, we encourage you to apply to our scholarship program.

NOTE: The Scholarship program is closed. Please revisit in January 2021 when the program reopens. Thank you.

Park Community Scholarship

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Park Scholarships will select 1 outstanding High School senior to receive the Park Community Scholarship based on:

  • Academic Achievements
  • Extracurricular Activities
  • GPA
  • Applicant Essay

The winner receives a $2,000 award that will be distributed evenly over the course of four consecutive years as long as the student continues to meet the requirements described in the application. Applications are due July 13, 2020. The winner will be announced July 27, 2020.

William Christian Lewis Shadburne Memorial Scholarship

Christian Shadburne Scholorship

William Christian Lewis Shadburne Memorial Scholarship sponsored by Park Community Credit Union

Christian Shadburne, son of Park Executive Vice President, David Shadburne, was an athlete, a leader, and a servant. A 2012 graduate of Hart County High School, Christian was an avid sports fan participating in basketball, soccer, baseball, tennis, and cross-country. He earned all-district honors in basketball and soccer and was a captain on his basketball, soccer and tennis teams. Christian was selected as a Kentucky Governor Scholar, voted Mr. Hart County High School, and maintained a 4.0 GPA. Christian played an active role in his church and had a passion for serving at nursing homes and camps for children with disabilities. After graduating from high school, Christian enrolled at Western Kentucky University majoring in biology with a minor in chemistry. His career aspiration was to be a pediatrician. While completing his junior year at Western Kentucky University he was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. Despite radiation and chemotherapy treatments, Christian passed from this life on May 26, 2016, at the age of 22.

Though Christian’s life was short, he left a legacy that will be remembered. His priority in life was to be faithful to his God. He cared about his community and tried to help others whenever he could. It was Christian’s character to go out of his way to help his friends and loved ones. Even when he was fighting cancer, he continued to think of others before he thought of himself. To be a friend of Christian’s meant never having to face a challenge alone.

Park Community Credit Union is awarding five (5) $1,000 non-renewable scholarships in memory of Christian to honor his achievements and hard work and remember his unselfish desire to help his community. It is our goal to reward well-rounded students who seek to improve their community as Christian did. Applications for this scholarship must be submitted by July 13, 2020.

The Mark & Kellie Carter Scholarship Fund

Mark and Kellie Carter Scholorship

The Mark and Kellie Carter Scholarship Fund is administered by Nspire – A Park Community Initiative.

The Mark and Kellie Carter Scholarship Fund was created in 2018 to inspire people who are the first in their family to obtain post-secondary education and training. Former Passport Health Plan CEO, Mark Carter, and his wife, Kellie, are honored to lend their names to the scholarship fund and have provided generous funding to establish this important education initiative aimed at breaking the cycle of poverty.

This is a one-year scholarship program, renewable for a second year through a second application round.

The program will provide tuition assistance, books, school-related supplies and, based upon need, assistance with food and transportation access and child care up to ($2,500) for individuals pursuing training in a certified technical trade or two-year degree.

Also included in the scholarship package:

  1. Access to an educational and professional mentor*
  2. Laptop computer*
  3. Stipend to cover textbook and supply expenses*
  4. Additional support to cover gaps, such as childcare, food, or transportation, to allow the scholarship awardee to attend classes.*

* These award features are offered and determined upon need.

This opportunity is a need-based scholarship. The goal of this program is to help aspiring Kentuckians avoid unemployment or underemployment, escape the poverty cycle, and positively influence their families and local communities.

Students graduating from high school in Spring 2020 and non-traditional students are encouraged to apply.

Non-traditional students must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Have delayed their enrollment in post-secondary education for more than one year and for reasons other than a planned gap year
  • Have dependents other than a spouse
  • Be financially independent from their parents
  • Completed a GED at the College Ready Level or high school equivalent

Four scholarships are available per year, up to $5,000.00 per scholarship.

Applications must be submitted by July 13, 2020.