Three Livingston Parish seniors were recently named winners of Neighbors Capital Area Foundation’s newest initiative, the Neighbors Way Tuition Assistance Award, according to a press release.

For being three of the nine winners, Ashley Hanna of Live Oak High, Lauren Meades of Walker High and Cameron Hamby of Denham Springs High took home scholarships totaling $9,000.

Schools participating in the Neighbors Mascot Checking Program, which provides specialized checking accounts to 11 participating schools in the Greater Baton Rouge area, were asked to nominate one graduating senior based on their character and commitment to living the “Neighbors Way.”

Nominated students exemplified the credit union’s core values, which include integrity, respect, trust, stability, community involvement, honesty, empathy, ethical behavior and fairness, the press release said.

Hanna was the grand prize recipient, winning $5,000 for her “leadership and outstanding dedication to giving back to the community,” the press release said. She plans to attend LSU’s Roger Hadfield Ogden Honors College and pursue a career as a medical surgeon.

“I am so very thankful for this generosity,” she said in the press release. “I plan to make the most of this donation by continuing to do well in school.”

Meades received the second-highest award amount of $3,000 and plans to attend Southeastern University to major in nursing. Hamby was among the seven remaining recipients who each were awarded $1,000.

Funds for the program were raised through two major avenues, the Neighbors’ employee payroll donation program and the Foundation’s annual fundraiser, “Clays For A Cause.” Both combined to collect $29,013 for the scholarships.

These funds, in addition to several smaller gifts, will allow the Foundation to grant up to $30,000 to students graduating in 2019.

“We cannot be more excited for this tremendous impact on the lives of local students,” Neighbors President and CEO Steve Webb said in the press release.

“As the cost of higher education continues to rise, funds like these become increasingly important to provide an opportunity to students who might not have otherwise had the means to attend college.”

Neighbors Way Tuition Assistance Award Winners (Livingston Parish students in bold)

Ashley Hanna, Live Oak High ($5,000)

Lauren Meades, Walker High ($3,000)

Kelsey Gautier, Baker High ($1,000)

Raven Alexander, Central High ($1,000)

Cameron Hamby, Denham Springs High ($1,000)

Derrika Dorsey, McKinley High ($1,000)

Alyssa Williams, Port Allen High ($1,000)

Carrington Hall, Southern University Lab ($1,000)

Xavier Roberson, Woodlawn High ($1,000)

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