GTE Federal Credit Union, Tampa, Fla., awarded $2,500 scholarships to five members who were just graduating from high school, preparing to enter college, attending a technical school or college as an undergraduate, or pursuing graduate and doctorate-level studies. The winners included Pete Eby, who is pursuing a degree in computer networking at St. Petersburg College, Supriya Krishnan, who is an MBA student at the University of Tampa, Meghan Ferrall, who is majoring in mechanical engineering at the University of Florida, Barbara Suarez, who is pursuing a radiation therapy degree from Hillsborough Community College, and Lindsey Vani, a branch manager and former teller who currently pursuing her bachelor's degree in management from American Military University.
Members Advantage Credit Union, Michigan City, Ind., announced the winner of the Leona Bruno scholarship award. The winner was Robert Braddy who is attending Purdue University North Central to study business administration. Braddy received the scholarship based on his scholastic excellence, personal integrity, active participation in and service to the school he attends as well as his contributions to his community. The scholarship is awarded in memory of Leona Bruno, the first manager of Members Advantage Credit Union.
Western Division Federal Credit Union, Williamsville, N.Y., announced its plan to award a total of $6,500 in scholarships in 2009. The credit union will award eight high school seniors a $750 scholarship. Each applicant will be judged on his or her four-year cumulative academic performance, community service, leadership roles and an essay. The top winner that has demonstrated outstanding contributions to the community will be awarded an additional $500.
Partners Federal Credit Union, Anaheim, Calif., awarded $10,000 in scholarship to three college students. The awards were given as part of the annual Partners Jamz scholarship competition. Winners Alana Mailes, Samantha Perrotta and Laura Cook described the biggest financial concern facing young people today in their essay submissions. Entry answers submitted varied from the cost of college to gas prices and grand prize winner Mailes described the overall healthy of the U.S. economy as the biggest financial concern of young people. This is the eighth year Partners has awarded scholarships as part of its youth club offerings.
First Credit Union, Chanlder, Ariz., announced the recipients of its first annual youth financial education grants. The three recipients each received $250 grant money. Dawn Gonzalez a second- through fifth-grade teacher will use the grant money to teach her students how to operate a garden business and learn the process of saving, spending and earning money. June Blackson, a third-grade teacher, will work with Gonzalez on the garden business and plans to open an account for her class to show them how to use online banking tools to run the garden business. Sonja Long, a first-grade teacher, will teach her students how to accurately count and handle money through hands-on activities.
Woodstone Credit Union, Federal Way, Wash., announced that it made a $1,700 donation to the Mike McIntosh Memorial scholarship fund. This is the second year that the credit union has made a contribution to the scholarship. The scholarship honors Pastor McIntosh and the money raised pays tuition costs for two qualified applicants to attend Advancing Leadership, an affiliate of the Federal Way Chamber of Commerce. Pastor McIntosh was a founding member of Advancing Leadership and a leader in the Federal Way community.
CFE Federal Credit Union, Lake Mary, Fla., awarded scholarship to six students. Each student was presented with a $1,000 scholarship that is renewable annually for four years. The winners were randomly selected from over 300 applications submitted by student members from Orange, Seminole, Osceola and Lake Counties of Florida.
Xcel Federal Credit Union, Secaucus, N.J., awarded 10 scholarships to high school students. The annual scholarships are awarded based on academic and personal potential. The winners were, Joseph Balance, Diana Celifarco, Emily Bocker, Anique Evans, Kelsey Plaxon, Carla Losak, Eric Olson, Christopher Collins, Kelly Ann Lillis and Joseph Rapp.
Keesler Federal Credit Union, Biloxi, Miss., awarded $1,000 scholarships to the winners of its annual essay contest. The essay topic was "What is Identify Theft and How Can we Protect Ourselves from It?" The winners were, Antastia V. Kalinina, Taylor Ulrich, Elizabeth Beatty, Judy A. Borden and Peggi S. Gehling.