Desiree Raymond

From left, Delta Community Credit Union CEO Hank Halter, scholarship recipient Desiree Raymond, Atlanta radio personality Veronica Waters and credit union Vinings Branch Manager Jason Young celebrate a recent scholarship.

A Spelman College junior is the first winner this year of a Delta Community-KISS 104.1 HBCU Scholarship.

In a ceremony at the Delta Community Credit Union Vinings branch, company CEO Hank Halter presented a $2,500 check to Desiree Raymond.

“This grant is one of many ways we achieve our corporate goal of strengthening local communities through education and financial support,” Halter said in a statement. “I’m delighted to present Desiree with assistance reaching her personal goal of becoming a physician and we wish her great success in her career.”

Raymond, a 2015 graduate of Union Grove High School in McDonough, said she has always wanted to be a doctor, and recently narrowed her focus to specialize in trauma surgery.

“This scholarship will help alleviate some of the stress of funding my college education,” she said in a statement. “As a member of Delta Community, I am especially grateful for this support.”

The scholarship program is carried out on the Atlanta radio station four times each year.

Application periods open each quarter and winners are chosen based on their submission of an essay, according to a news release.

Throughout 2018, Delta Community Credit Union will distribute a total of $10,000 to students attending historically black colleges and universities, reflecting an increase of $500 per individual scholarship over last year.

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