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Scholarship Winners Excel in Academics and Community Service

June 9, 2016
Rudi Thompson
Rudi Thompson

Helping people achieve their financial goals and dreams is our mission. When those people are our people, we’re delighted. Meet the 2016 recipients of the Hancock Associate Assistance Fund Scholarships.

2016 HAAF Scholarship Winners 

Associate Scholarship Program Is An Investment in the Future

Four children of Hancock and Whitney Bank associates will receive extra funds for college this fall thanks to scholarships funded through the Hancock Associate Assistance Fund (HAAF).

The HAAF higher education awards help associates’ dependents attend the college or university of their choice by awarding $10,000 grants ($2,500 annually for up to four years) to offset higher education costs. Made possible by an anonymous donor, graduating high school seniors or current college students are eligible for the scholarship.

The HAAF scholarship program is both an investment in the future and a reflection of our commitment to people and the communities we serve. As the cost of a sending a student to college increases, we are pleased that as an organization we can assist our associates and their children in financing higher education.

Meet the 2016 Scholarship Recipients


Tyler  Binder 


Tyler Binder, son of Customer Service Supervisor Rose Binder, graduated from Notre Dame High School in Crowley, Louisiana in 2015 and is currently pursuing a degree in nursing from the University of Louisiana Lafayette. The President’s List student is a member of the Kinesiology Professional Association. 


Eboni Etheridge

A graduate of Greenville High School in Greenville, Alabama, Eboni Etheridge is the daughter of Financial Services Associate Shana Burke. She plans to attend the University of Alabama at Birmingham to study healthcare management and sports medicine. The student government associate president and basketball captain was an active volunteer with the community emergency response team (C.E.R.T.) and historical society.


Amanda Hedrick


Daughter of BSA Analyst Gina Hedrick, Amanda Hedrick graduated from Destrehan High School in Destrehan, Louisiana. She plans to study psychology or dental hygiene at Nicholls State University. The yearbook editor and Young Author’s award winner for poetry volunteers as an Our Lady of Divine Providence camp counselor and church volunteer. 


Caroline Hirschey


Caroline Hirschey, daughter of Regional Trust Manager Chris Hirschey, is a 2015 graduate of Mount Carmel Academy in New Orleans, Louisiana. The accounting major at Louisiana State University was named to the Chancellor’s Honor Roll and volunteers with Habitat for Humanity and the St. Jude’s Dream Day Foundation.


About the Hancock Associate Assistance Fund

First established in 2005 to help Hancock associates with financial hardships from Hurricane Katrina, HAAF has expanded to assist Hancock and Whitney associates facing financial difficulties from unexpected circumstances such as serious illness, accidents, domestic issues, sudden or tragic loss of family providers, and other emergencies. HAAF has issued more than $500,000 in grants since 2005.