UCB announces 6 scholarship winners

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United Community Bank last week announced recipients of the inaugural United Community Bank Scholarship at Greenville Technical College, a program to promote business growth in the bank’s communities.

Through a partnership with the Greenville Tech Foundation, $35,000 will be awarded to six businesses in the Upstate.

The funds are to be used for specialized education and training of employees at Greenville Technical College. For this year’s recipients, the training ranges from project management and OSHA training to courses in forklift certification and Spanish.

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The scholarships have been awarded to:

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Koops Inc., a manufacturing company that creates factory automation systems and has been recognized for its automated robotics systems.

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G.F. League Company, a manufacturer that specializes in acrylic and polycarbonic fabrication as well as architectural products and other packaging solutions.

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Sweet Street Desserts, a food service business that started in a two-bay garage in Reading, Pa., and now has a location in Greenville.

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Carbures USA, a technological industrial group specializing in manufacturing of composite structures and advanced technology for vehicle structures.

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Crowns Now, a family-owned dentistry practice with five locations in the Upstate and Midlands.

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Southeastern Products, a company that helps retail stores create a special environment for their products.

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“We are grateful for the opportunity to support the innovative and positive growth taking place in the Upstate,” said Lynn Harton, president and chief operating officer of United Community Bank. “With the help of Greenville Technical College, we are pleased to support companies that are growing and investing in this region.”

“This gift from United Community Bank will help us provide important skills and education to employees of these local businesses so that they may continue to grow and prosper,” said Bob Howard, president of Greenville Tech Foundation. “We appreciate the bank’s commitment to workforce development in our local community.”

United Community Banks Inc. is a bank holding company based in Blairsville, Ga., with $9.8 billion in assets.

The company’s banking subsidiary, United Community Bank, is one of the Southeast’s largest full-service banks, operating 135 offices in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.

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