Student $1,000 closer to paying for college

Scott Fletcher knows it will take hard work and more than a little bit of money, but he challenged his peers to become millionaire entrepreneurs by age 25. His ambition and passion earned him a $1,000 scholarship for his service to the Family Trust Youth Advisory Board, which ended its year Thursday with a celebration for Scott and three other seniors.

A senior at Fort Mill High School, Scott has served on the board since 2011, and was president this year. In addition, he serves on the Flint Hill Volunteer Fire Department, and works at Harris Teeter all while maintaining a 3.5 grade point average. Scott plans to major in business administration or environmental science at Clemson University in the fall and hopes to eventually work as an environmental testing agent.

As part of his scholarship application, Scott presented a short educational workshop on becoming a successful entrepreneur by the age of 25. It’s one of many topics that teens on the advisory board have discussed throughout the year.

“It was an honor to award Scott with the scholarship. He has been served the Youth Advisory Board well in his time with us, and has been a great leader this past year,” said Kendra Collins, community relations coordinator, adding he’s led discussions and created a respectful environment for the 18 board members. “He deserves it.”

But he’s only one standout senior among our youth advisory board, Kendra said. Genelle Bacote of Rock Hill High, says her life goal is to become an international ambassador; Cierra Hope, of Northwestern High School will be majoring political science and hopes to be a lawyer; Chris Sacco, of South Pointe High School, hopes to work in physics and aerospace engineering.

From left, Cierra Hope, Scott Fletcher, Genelle Bacote, and Chris Sacco.

No matter what career these young people choose, they will need to know about money. And, that’s where the Youth Advisory Board comes in. It’s a volunteer board comprised of teenagers from York County. The purpose of the board is to teach teens about money management, and how to make good spending decisions. The teens also tell us what young people want and need, and strategies to reach them.

The board has been a stepping stone to help these four students achieve their goals, while teaching them about money management, teamwork, and community involvement – the principles credit unions are built on. Students noted that they enjoyed the experience, and mostly enjoyed being involved at the credit union events, and taking on a financial literacy project in partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of York County. Youth Advisory Board members taught young children about saving and investing, and hosted a Money Ball (similar to “Trasketball”) Tournament to review what was learned.

Applications for next year’s Youth Advisory Board are now being accepted. Applicants must be 15-17 years old, and attend a York County high school. Click here to apply. The deadline is Sept. 14.