Scholarships awarded to Academy students by Cornerstone Financial Credit Union

Cornerstone Financial Credit Union has announced the winners of its 2012 scholarships. Three students from the Academies of Nashville won competitive $1,000 scholarships that will be applied to post-secondary education. Crystal M. Preston of Stratford STEM Magnet High School, Miriam S. Caravez of Overton High School, and Jessica Massey of McGavock High School won scholarships based on their academic achievements and financial need as they prepare to go to college in the fall. Cornerstone Financial Credit Union

Cornerstone Financial Credit Union is an academy partner of Overton High School's Academy of Information Technology. Hank Flury, CEO of Cornerstone , says that supporting education is one of the organization's core values: "We continue to be actively engaged in a variety of initiatives targeted to educators and education, including the second annual scholarship program. We had more than three times the applicants this year than last year and look forward to seeing the program grow every year.”

Public, private, and home-schooled high school students in Davidson, Dickson, Montgomery, Rutherford, Sumner, and Williamson Counties are eligible to apply for the scholarships, which come from Cornerstone Financial Credit Union's $25,000 annual scholarship fund. Winners are selected based on financial need and academic achievement and are encouraged to write a short essay on what they plan to do in college in order to be in good financial shape once they graduate. The students' essays on good financial practices are available on the credit union's personal finance education site, Miriam S. Caravez recommends maintaining a balanced budget in personal finances.