Pictured Left to Right: Lonnie Nicholson (EECU President & CEO), Kiana Headland (Alvarado High School), Christian Turnley (Keller High School), Emily Hailey (Fort Worth Christian School), Sydney Peel (Colleyville Heritage High School), Frank Molinar (White Settlement ISD Superintendent and EECU Board Member), Deanna Pierce (Richland High School).
Pictured Left to Right: Lonnie Nicholson (EECU President & CEO), Claire Hamilton (Kennendale High School), Makenna Barbara (Arlington Heights High School), Wyatt Reeves (R.L. Paschal High School), K’see Shae Clark (Blum High School), Adam Thomas (Timber Creek High School), Frank Molinar (White Settlement ISD Superintendent and EECU Board Member), Ethan Sii (Decatur High School).

On Tuesday, March 22, EECU announced the 2016 Glenn Mandeville Memorial Scholarship winners at its annual meeting. EECU awarded $30,000 in scholarships to support six local graduating high school students with their college expenses. The EECU Scholarship Program began 28 years ago and honors former board member Glenn Mandeville, a life-long educator. Since that time, EECU has awarded more than $450,000 in scholarship money to local students.

“EECU has a deep affinity for supporting education,” said Lonnie Nicholson, EECU President and CEO. “Higher education can be an essential springboard to building productive lives, but unfortunately, college expenses also can be a significant burden. EECU is proud to be able to recognize and financially assist these deserving students, and we wish them tremendous success in their academic pursuits.”

The following six students were names as recipients of the $5,000 scholarships for 2016:

  • Makenna Barbara, Arlington Heights High School – plans to study Environmental Engineering at Texas Christian University
  • K’see Shae Clark, Blum High School – plans to study Elementary Education at Stephen F Austin State University
  • Claire Hamilton, Kennedale High School – plans to study Spanish Education at East Texas Baptist University
  • Wyatt Reeves, R.L. Paschal High School – plans to study Physics and Computer Science (school to be determined)
  • Ethan Sii, Decatur High School – plans to study Biology at University of Alabama
  • Adam Thomas, Timber Creek High School – plans to study Vocal Performance or Music Education (school to be determined)

Congratulations to the 2016 Scholarship winners!

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EECU is now accepting applications for the Glenn Mandeville Memorial Scholarship program for high school seniors. If you, your child or someone you know is preparing for graduation this year and meets the criteria below, download an application and submit it by January 31, 2016, at any EECU office or by mail.

In order to be considered:

  • Applicant must be a high school senior
  • Applicant must be a member in good standing with EECU or parent/legal guardian must be a member in good standing with EECU
  • Applicant must express on their application their intended course of study
  • Recipient of scholarship funds must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5 to receive annual distribution of funds
  • The scholarship must be used for the purpose of study at an accredited college or university
  • Academic achievement, character, leadership and personal recommendations will be considered in the selection of scholarship recipients
  • Applicant must include all required documentation and transcripts

The scholarship committee will select six recipients – three who are seeking a career in education and three who are pursuing other areas of study – to receive $5,000 in funds. See application for full details and instructions.

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If you no longer carry cash or write checks, then your debit card is your lifeline to your money. As such, you should make every effort to prevent access to your account from falling into the wrong hands. While keeping private information such as your PIN to yourself is crucial, there are a few things often overlooked because they don’t always seem like a threat. Be sure you’re aware of these five tips for protecting your debit card information. Continue reading

Pictured Left to Right: Kiana Headland (Alvarado High School), Christian Turnley (Keller High School), Emily Hailey (Fort Worth Christian School), Frank Molinar (White Settlement ISD Superintendent and EECU Board Member), Sydney Peel (Colleyville Heritage High School), Deanna Pierce (Richland High School). Not Pictured: Ifeoluwa Obayan (Mansfield Timberview High School).
Pictured Left to Right: Kiana Headland (Alvarado High School), Christian Turnley (Keller High School), Emily Hailey (Fort Worth Christian School), Frank Molinar (White Settlement ISD Superintendent and EECU Board Member), Sydney Peel (Colleyville Heritage High School), Deanna Pierce (Richland High School). Not Pictured: Ifeoluwa Obayan (Mansfield Timberview High School).

Thursday evening, EECU announced the 2015 Glenn Mandeville Memorial Scholarship winners at its annual shareholders meeting. The program, which was founded to honor long-time Fort Worth educator and former EECU board member Glenn Mandeville, awards six $5,000 academic scholarships to deserving students each year – three students pursuing education and three pursuing other fields of study. Continue reading

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If you plan to go to college in the next few years, you probably know that the process is not as simple as filling out an application and heading to class. Between test scores, essays, financial aid and actually finishing high school, it pays to start preparing early. So take advantage of this free college planning event brought to you by inspirED.

Saturday, February 21, 2015
8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Sam Houston High School
2000 Sam Houston Drive, Arlington, TX 76014

In addition to learning more about college prep, financial aid, test prep and finances, you can explore colleges and even win scholarship and prize drawings.

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As I pointed out a few weeks ago, Android accounts for more than 97% of malware; and Apple, Blackberry and Windows phones together account for less than 1% of all malware. In fact, according to network security firm Fortinet, there have been only three cases of a malware-infected app making it into the Apple App Store since its launch in mid-2008. Those apps were removed from the app store once they were discovered. Given that there are around 1.2 million apps in the Apple App Store, having only three rogue apps slip through in six years is pretty amazing.

The article also points out is that there have been an additional eight malware sightings on jailbroken iPhones—devices on which Apple’s security features have been removed in order to download third-party apps. This means that, regardless of the few instances of malware that have been found in the App Store, iPhones are not 100% safe from malware. Continue reading

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If you plan to enroll in college this coming fall, it’s time for you to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

What is the FAFSA and why is it so special?

The FAFSA is a form used by the U.S. Department of Education to determine your eligibility for financial aid programs including grants, federal loans and work study and is based on information about you and your family’s financial situation. Continue reading