Area residents receive Loretta M. Burd Scholarships


Staff Reports

Two area high school graduates have been awarded the Loretta M. Burd Scholarship.

The scholarship program awards one graduating high school senior per Centra branch location with a $2,500 scholarship each year.

This year’s area recipients are Jaden Begley of Seymour High School and Abigail Vogel of Jennings County High School.

The foundation also would like to recognize to Shirley Shea for her support to the scholarship program.

The foundation awards two $2,500 adult scholarships for adult or nontraditional students who have realized the importance of postsecondary education for their career and family and have returned to school to pursue an undergraduate degree or certification. This year’s adult scholarship recipients are Destinie Staley of Seymour and Dawn Voyles of New Albany.

Named in honor of Loretta M. Burd, who retired from Centra Credit Union after 47 years, the program is designed to help local students pursuing a college or technical school education.

Applications are reviewed on academic achievements, school and community involvement, work history and a short essay about financial literacy. The scholarship places value on well-rounded students who display a strong work ethic and involvement in their local community.

The full list of winners is available at

The foundation is the charitable arm of Centra Credit Union and was formed to extend the credit union’s mission of People Helping People. The foundation is Centered on Caring and aims to support charitable efforts that help meet the needs of communities where Centra members live and work.

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