SECU’s new summer camp rewards program is a hit with young people

RALEIGH, NC, June 20, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — In April, the State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU) launched an exciting new Summer Camp Awards program to give its FAT CAT® and Zard® members a chance to have a fun summer experience at the Caisse populaire. During the campaign, youth members had the opportunity to apply for a $500 scholarship to help cover the costs of their camp expenses for the 2022 summer season!

Entrants entered the competition by sharing their dream summer camp experience in one of two ways: through an original drawing or a written essay. Over 200 entries were submitted statewide and up to one FAT CAT winner and one Zard winner per branch were chosen by random draw from all eligible entries.

Monecia Thomas’ daughter received a Summer Camp Award and she was thrilled to hear the news. Ms Thomas said: ‘Thank you for this summer camp award – it is truly an honor for Kennedy. She was so excited to submit her essay and she would like to thank her teachers at Triad Baptist for preparing her to write the essay and her Girl Scout troop for giving her the confidence to attend a week-long camp . We appreciate the State Employees’ Credit Union and hope you will continue to provide this award to other deserving students.

“Summer camps can be life changing. Whether they focus on the arts, sports, science or space, camp experiences can ignite a passion in a child that can carry over into adulthood and into a career,” said Jim. Hayes, CEO of SECU. “Unfortunately, summer camps can also be very expensive, and this program provided SECU with a creative way to reduce the financial burden on families who were looking for exciting summer enrichment opportunities for their children. Congratulations to all the first winners of SECU – we hope they have lots of fun while learning, growing and being inspired along the way!”

Aabout SECU and the SECU Foundation
A nonprofit, member-owned financial cooperative, SECU has been providing North Carolina state employees and their families with consumer financial services for 85 years. SECU is the second-largest credit union in the United States with $53 billion in assets and serves more than 2.6 million members through 274 branches, more than 1,100 ATMs, 24-hour member services and 7 days a week by phone, and a mobile app. The SECU Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization funded by contributions from SECU members, promotes local community development in North Carolina primarily through high-impact projects in the areas of housing, education, health care and social services. Since 2004, SECU Foundation has made a collective financial commitment of more than $216 million to initiatives benefiting North Carolina residents across the state.

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Contact: Sandra Jones, Senior Vice President – ​​Communications
Office: 919-508-8773 | [email protected]

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