Greenville Federal Credit Union named 2017 South Carolina Business Volunteer of the Year.

by Catherine James

Greenville, SC – The South Carolina Board of Education recognized Greenville Federal Credit Union as 2017 Business Volunteer of the Year during the State Board Monthly meeting in Columbia, SC on Tuesday, August 8. The State Board of Education Volunteer Awards Program annually recognizes businesses, civic organizations, individuals, and school improvement councils for significant contributions to public education.


Pictured left to right: Superintendent of Education, Molly Spearman, Jason Warren, Paul Hughes, Monica Barnett, Kaitlin Grooms, Matt Tebbetts and David F. Whittemore, member of the South Carolina State Board of Education.

Greenville Federal Credit Union was recognized for the launch of its student-run credit union branch inside Greenville High School during the 2016-2017 school year. The credit union, along with Greenville High School, turned a student-run credit union branch from concept into reality. This initiative brings real world financial literacy and education into the school and allows students enrolled in the school’s Academy of Law, Finance and Business to gain real-life experience and preparation for both college and future careers. Students earn course credit and gain hands on experience as they manage and operate a fully functioning Greenville Federal Credit Union branch.

The credit union has also been a strong supporter of district-level initiatives of student, staff and programs of Greenville County Schools including Teacher and Employee of the Year Programs as well as programs recognizing outstanding students and initiatives throughout the year.

“We are very honored to accept this award on behalf of all of those involved. To be recognized by the South Carolina Board of Education is a very proud moment for the credit union and our employees,” said Paul Hughes, credit union President. “This unique partnership between our credit union, Greenville County Schools and Greenville High further solidifies our commitment to our founding organization and our core values.”

“The success of Greenville County Schools and the diversity of opportunities we offer our students is due in no small part to support and assistance from our business partners.  Greenville Federal Credit Union has been a great supporter of public education in Greenville for many years, offering support for initiatives ranging from our Teacher and Employee of the Year programs to their student-led branch in Greenville High School.  I can think of no organization more deserving of the 2017 Business Volunteer Award and I welcome this opportunity to thank them publicly for their ongoing support,” said Greenville County Schools Superintendent, Dr. W. Burke Royster.