Bridges receives Gulf Winds Cars Foundation scholarship

Published 11:13 am Tuesday, June 4, 2024

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The Gulf Winds Cares Foundation awarded $25,000 in scholarships this year to five outstanding students: Kenna Alverson, Edward Bridges, Garrett Hogan, William Kroger, and John Pinette. Each student received $5,000 to continue pursuing their dreams and passions.
Gulf Winds received 66 applications for the Scholarship Program, designed to support students pursuing higher education. Eligible applicants are members of Gulf Winds Credit Union or are the children or grandchildren of members. Applications are reviewed by a committee consisting of Credit Union employees that evaluate each applicant’s academic achievements, community involvement, personal essay, letters of recommendation, and financial need.
This year, the Foundation introduced a new scholarship reserved for a student pursuing a trade career. This scholarship is dedicated to the memorial of Rex Burt. Burt, the Facilities Manager for Gulf Winds for more than 17 years, set the standard and was always ready to lend a helping hand. Gulf Winds honors his legacy by telling his story through the scholarship established to provide financial assistance to students seeking trade school education.
Since 2007, Gulf Winds has proudly granted $272,500 in scholarships to 70 students pursuing higher education.
T.R. Miller High School graduate Edward Bridges, received one of the coveted scholarships to help in his education journey. Motivated by a personal experience from a back injury, Bridges’s decision to pursue biomedical engineering at Auburn University reflects his vision to innovate prosthetic technology and bring these advancements back to his hometown, Brewton.

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