SEPT. 27, 2016

SECU People Helping People Scholarship recipients Dianna Kidd (left) and Daniel Dawson (right) with Dr. Jacqueline Greenlee, SECU board member and director of Organizational Development at GTCC Jacqueline Greenlee (center). (Antionette Hinton/GTCC)

SECU People Helping People Scholarship recipients Dianna Kidd (left) and Daniel Dawson (right) with Dr. Jacqueline Greenlee, SECU board member and director of Organizational Development at GTCC (center). (Antionette Hinton/GTCC)

JAMESTOWN, N.C. — Guilford Technical Community College students Daniel Dawson and Dianna Kidd have been awarded the 2016 People Helping People Scholarship from the State Employees’ Credit Union Foundation.

Each scholarship recipient received $5,000 that can be applied to tuition and other expenses associated with their community college education. Based on SECU’s philosophy of “People Helping People,” the scholarships recognize the recipients’ leadership, excellence of character, integrity and community involvement.

Daniel Dawson of High Point left an 11-year-career in food service in order to challenge himself to be a better person. Through self-reflection, he realized that most of his best moments of his career were when he was helping to develop an employee, both professionally and personally. He discovered he was a natural helper, counselor and mentor with the ability to affect positive change in peoples’ lives. Dawson is pursuing a degree in human services technology with a concentration in substance abuse.  He is an active member of Student Life at GTCC and has served as president of GTCC’s Rotaract Club in which he participated in numerous community service projects. He also served as SGA president, advocating for his peers and leading efforts for students to give back to the community.

Dianna Kidd was raised in a Greensboro family that instilled in her a desire to help others and mitigate food deserts in the area. When she was younger, she served food in a community soup kitchen with her father and also delivered food with her mother to under-resourced families. Kidd has volunteered as a teacher’s assistant for adult ESOL learners and is a children’s tutor with the Center for New North Carolinians. She’s currently pursuing for an Associate of Arts degree and her dream is to volunteer abroad.

Annually, SECU members provide two “People Helping People” Scholarships to each of the 58 community colleges in North Carolina through the SECU Foundation scholarship program. To date, more than $6 million has been awarded to help the state’s community college students further their education.

About SECU and the SECU Foundation
A not-for-profit financial cooperative owned by its members, SECU has been providing employees of the State of North Carolina and their families with consumer financial services for 79 years. The Credit Union also offers a diversified line of financial advisory services including retirement and education planning, tax preparation, insurance, trust and estate planning services, and investments through its partners and affiliated entities. SECU serves over 2 million members through 256 branch offices, nearly 1,100 ATMs, 24/7 Member Services via phone and a website, The SECU Foundation, a 501c (3) charitable organization funded solely by the contributions of SECU members, promotes local community development in North Carolina primarily through high impact projects in the areas of housing, education, healthcare and human services.

Guilford Technical Community College is the fourth largest of 58 institutions in the NC Community College System. GTCC serves more than 40,000 students annually from five campuses and a Small Business Center. Learn more at


— Carla Kucinski/GTCC