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SECU Foundation gift honors memory of Appalachian student

BOONE—The State Employees Credit Union Foundation has contributed $8,500 to the Leigh Anne Cable Memorial Scholarship Endowment in Healthcare at Appalachian State University.

Cable was a freshman at Appalachian who died last year. An active member of the Health Occupations Students of America while she was a student at Watauga High School, Cable had planned on a health care career. She was the daughter of Sanford and Margaret Cable of Sugar Grove.

Income from the endowment, housed in the Appalachian State University Foundation, will fund a scholarship to be awarded annually to a student majoring in a health care field at Appalachian. The first scholarship will be awarded in 2008.

Mike Salzano city executive for the State Employees Credit Union in Boone said Cable had received the foundation’s “People Helping People” scholarship in 2006. After Cable’s parents established the memorial scholarship in her name, the local SECU advisory board contacted the foundation about supporting the scholarship.

“It is a real tribute to our local advisory board that they pursued this,” Salzano said. “They felt it was the right thing to do and they did it.” Members of the local advisory board are Connie Barnette, Sue Counts, Frank Gioscio, Tony Gray, Gail Hawkinson, James Hayes, Diana Miller and Christy Parker.

Salzano said this is the first time that the foundation has made a contribution in memory of a scholarship recipient. SECU Foundation scholarships are funded solely by SECU’s members, who earmark a $1 monthly credit union checking account maintenance fee to the foundation.

“It’s something our members have really supported, Salzano said of the $1 fee. “It adds up over the months.”

The SECU Foundation promotes local community development primarily through high impact projects in the areas of education, health and human services.