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A student from Wilson has received a scholarship for demonstrating a commitment to building a stronger community.
Demetrius Cox is one of 23 students from across the country who received $500 scholarships from Self-Help Credit Union. A total of $11,500 was awarded this year to students attending or planning to attend a vocational school or college.
Established in 2015, the scholarship awards recognize proven leaders who have shown a commitment to community service and who strive to make a positive impact on the future. In addition to community service, applicants must submit an essay exploring topics that embrace the value of credit unions. Self-Help branch offices in Florida, North Carolina and Virginia selected winning entries.
“I grew up in low-income housing and understand the negative effects of poverty,” Cox said. “I plan to make as much of a change in my community as I can. I have found many ways to make a difference: from volunteering at a local soup kitchen to spending time with the elderly and teaching children the importance of education.”
Cox attends Wilson Community College and is majoring in political science.