Scholarship helps local student transition from East Surry to NC State

Daniel “Chase” Mills is living his dream as a Sophomore Engineering student at NC State University. A gifted athlete and student, Chase balances his time between college club and intramural teams and a challenging course load and is well on his way to realizing his dream of becoming a mechanical engineer, thanks in large part to the Mel Hughes Scholarship. Awarded to four Allegacy members annually, this scholarship provides financial assistance to high-achieving students in the Triad.

Raised in the small town of Pilot Mountain, Mills developed a passion for football and baseball while playing for East Surry High School. At the urging of his parents, he also dedicated himself to academics. It was through his studies that Mills recognized his aptitude for math and science, while electives like art and drafting helped strengthen his creative talents.

 “I am very thankful to the Mel Hughes Foundation and to Allegacy Federal Credit Union for their support of local students and for helping me achieve my dreams,” Mills said. “I realize there are many students who would not have the opportunity to attend college without scholarships. Allegacy’s generosity inspires me to help others by giving back to the community, and I hope one day I will be in a position to help someone else achieve their educational goals.”

If you need help making your college dream a reality, members can apply to the Mel Hughes Scholarship Program by February 11, 2013. The program awards four $1,300 scholarships to high school seniors accepted on a full-time basis or current full-time college students now enrolled with at least 12 semester hours at an accredited post-secondary institution. Plus, four $250 scholarships for community/technical school students are awarded annually.

About Wendy Cox

Wendy is Allegacy's Student Loan Specialist and has more than 12 years of experience in the student loan industry.

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