Silver Spring Resident Wins SECU Scholarship

Left to Right: Peggy Young (VP of Marketing, SECU), Silver Spring Resident Reanna Beatty, and Rod Staatz (President & CEO, SECU)
Left to Right: Peggy Young (VP of Marketing, SECU), Silver Spring Resident Reanna Beatty, and Rod Staatz (President & CEO, SECU)

SECU – Maryland’s largest financial cooperative – has awarded 13 scholarships as part of its annual State Employee Scholarship Program.


The scholarships – which were presented at a ceremony held last week at Towson University’s SECU Arena – were given to

  • Reanna Beatty of Silver Spring, MD;

  • Charles Fischer of Elkridge, MD;

  • Malik Logan of Pikesville, MD;

  • Amanda Pedersen of Cockeysville, MD;

  • Emma Perdue of Grasonville, MD;

  • Rachel Quan of Severn, MD;

  • Breck Ramsay of Snow Hill, MD;

  • Amanda Rice of Timonium, MD;

  • Iman Said of Baltimore, MD;

  • Caitlin Schoen of Cabin John, MD;

  • Anna Trapane of Thurmont, MD;

  • Kathleen Wise of Arnold, MD; and

  • Jill Young of Baltimore, MD.


Also participating in the ceremony were: SECU President and CEO Rod Staatz; Dr. Allen Cox, Managing Director of the Maryland Coalition for Financial Literacy; Dr. Maddy Halbach, Director of the Howard County Public School System Academy of Finance; and Van Brooks, founder of the Safe Alternative Foundation for Education, Inc. (SAFE).


To be eligible for SECU’s State Employee Scholarship Program, students had to be Maryland state employees or members of the immediate families of Maryland state employees. Winners had to be enrolled or accepted into a college, university, trade, or technical school. Twelfth graders who plan to attend college next fall were also eligible.


“The State Employee Scholarship Program reflects SECU’s continuing commitment to financial and scholastic education, as well as the special relationship SECU has always enjoyed with state employees,” says Peggy Young, Vice President of Marketing at SECU. 


According to Young, SECU has awarded more than $210,000 in scholarships over the past seven years to Maryland state employees and family members participating in the State Employee Scholarship Program.


In keeping with SECU’s core values which encourage employees to donate both time and resources to support numerous community events and charities each year, participating students in this year’s Scholarship Program had to write a 750-1,000 word essay – or for the first time ever, create a 1-2 minute video – in which they described their experiences in helping their own communities or those in need. If currently in high school or college, each participating student also had to submit a copy of his or her transcript or most recent report card.


For more information, visit https://www.secumd.org/community/scholarships.aspx.



Founded in Baltimore in 1951, SECU is the largest state-chartered financial cooperative in Maryland, with over 230,000 members. SECU is ranked among the top 50 credit unions for total assets in the U.S. As of March, 2014, assets were $2.8 billion. Headquartered in Linthicum, MD, SECU has 22 branches and 106 ATMs throughout Maryland. SECU also provides access to over 72,000 free ATMs through the CO-OP and Allpoint networks. For more information about SECU, visit secumd.org.


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