Bay Federal Credit Union, Capitola, Calif., announced the winners of the credit union’s two annual scholarship awards: The Making a Real Difference scholarship, a $1,000 award, is given to local students in pursuit of higher education with goals to make a difference in their communities . The Mac McCormac Employee scholarship, a $500 award, is named for Norman McCormac, Bay Federal’s first paid employee who worked for the credit union in the 1960s and 1970s. This $500 award is granted to a Bay Federal employee who is enrolled in an educational program outside of regular duties at the credit union. In all, three students and two employees were chosen to receive this year’s awards. Winners of the Making a Real Difference scholarship awards were Alejandra Vaca-Perez, Jack Wilkins and Holly Borg. Vaca-Perez is a graduate student pursuing her masters of social work at San Jose State University. Wilkins, a senior at Monte Vista Christian School, will be attending either Azusa Pacific or Long Beach State University this fall. Borg, a senior at Santa Cruz High School, plans to become a medical doctor so that she may serve AIDs patients in Africa as part of Doctors Without Borders. Winners of the McCormac scholarship were Anna Schweikert, and Janene Adema. Schweikert is a financial services representative with Bay Federal’s call center. She is pursuing a degree in business from Cabrillo College. Adema, business development manager for in the mortgage loan department, is enrolled in the clinical psychology master’s degree program at Simpson University.
Black Hills Federal Credit Union, Rapid City, S.D., announced the recipients of the 2012 VIBZ scholarships. The four high school seniors were selected from more than 50 applicants from 19 area schools in western and central South Dakota. Each will receive a $1,000 scholarship. The recipients are members of Black Hills FCU’s VIBZ teen program which is designed to promote financial literacy among young adults and assist them in effectively managing their personal finances. The recipients were Megan Schlosser, Central High School in Rapid City, who plans on attending University of South Dakota; Cassidy Trapp, T.F. Riggs High School in Pierre, who plans on attending South Dakota School of Mines and Technology; Sara Stewart, home schooled in Rapid City, who plans on attending Western Dakota Technical Institute; and William Hendricks, Stevens High School in Rapid City, who plans on attending Iowa State University.
Consumers Credit Union, Waukegan Ill., and its sponsor, Consumers Cooperative Association, awarded six $1,500 scholarships to local students. The high school students received their scholarships at the joint annual meeting of the two organizations. The winners were Jessica Velazquez, Waukegan High School; Leah M. Pranke, Antioch Community High School; Paul H. Carey, Shoreland Lutheran High School; Sandra U. Omorogieva, Zion Benton High School; Abigail P. Monsalud Carmel Catholic High School; and Edian Banuelos, Round Lake Senior High School.
DuPont Community Credit Union, Waynesboro, Va., announced the 20 scholarship winners at its annual membership meeting. Since beginning the scholarship program, more than $192,000 has been awarded to high school seniors, and 92 seniors applied this year. The 2012 winners were Kaitlin Whitesell, Buffalo Gap High School; Amelia Ritchie, Fort Defiance High School; Dalton Byerly, Robert E. Lee High School; Allen T. Chandler, Riverheads High School; Cristyn Filla, Stuarts Draft High School; Noah Rodammer, Waynesboro High School, and Mary Alexander, Wilson Memorial High School; Kali Chenault, Broadway High School; Tyler Pattie, Central High School; James Bebber, East Rockingham; Lauren Phillips, Harrisonburg High School; Delaney Westwood, Spotswood High School; Donald Sobanko, Stonewall Jackson High School; Elizabeth Keller, Strasburg High School, and Meagan Swortzel, Turner Ashby High School; Jamie Sprouse, Bath County High; David Leech, Highland High School; Lucas Wheeler, Parry McClure High School; Josh Hartless, Rockbridge High School; and, Joscelyn Seaton, private school.
DuTrac Community Credit Union, Dubuque, Iowa, awarded seven 2012 graduates of Dubuque and area high schools with scholarships. Recipients of the $1,000 scholarships were Zachary Behrendt, Davenport Central High School; Luke Berning, Wahlert Catholic High School; and Nicole Gartner, Hempstead High School. Recipients of the $500 scholarships were Rachel Jensen, Hempstead High School; Sienna Klauer, Davenport Central High School; Rachel Spielvogel, Cuba City High School; and Bradley Waller, Maquoketa High School.
Melrose Credit Union, Briarwood, N.Y., together with its scholarship program partner, 1050 ESPN Radio NY, held a luncheon at in New York City to recognize their annual MVP scholarship winner and runner-ups. Since 2007, Melrose and 1050 ESPN Radio NY have chosen five candidates from a list of nominees, submitted to ESPNNY.com by friends, family, teachers, mentors coaches and athletic directors from across the New York metropolitan area, who exemplify MVP qualities on and off the field of play. Melrose then determines the winner and presents a $5,000 scholarship to the honoree at a luncheon. This year’s winner was Sean McCann of Park Ridge, N.J. The runner-ups were Kathleen Samuelson, Rye, N.Y.; Jeremy Klapper, New York, N.Y., Maggie Egellenner, Smithtown, N.Y.; and Jacob Glickman, Livingston, N.J.
Merck Sharp & Dohme Federal Credit Union, Chalfont, Pa., presented Hoffman Memorial Awards to four high school seniors at its annual meeting. The Hoffman Memorial Award recognizes high school seniors who are active in their community and represent the people helping people philosophy. This year recipients were awarded $5,000 each and were recognized at the credit union’s annual meeting by W. Andrew McPherson, Merck Sharp & Dohme FCU chairman, and David B. Whitehead, CEO. Combined, the students contributed nearly 4,000 hours toward community service efforts. Those awarded were Marlee Miller, Abington Friends School; Suyog Padgaonkar, North Penn High School; Amber Lea Roland, Upper Perkiomen High School; and Kayla Seider, Central Bucks High School South. The award was created in honor of Raymond O. Hoffman, founder and first president of Merck Sharp & Dohme FCU.
OSU Federal, Corvallis, Ore., awarded 15 high school seniors the $1,000 Tomorrow’s Leaders Today college scholarships at its annual meeting. Founded in 1998, the TLT scholarship program honors overall excellence within OSU Federal’s teen members. Over the last 14 years, 131 students have received the $1,000 scholarships. These students are all OSU Federal members from Benton, Lincoln, Linn, Marion and Polk counties and will be attending an in-state college or university this fall. This year’s winners include nine who will be attending Oregon State University this fall. Other winners will be attending Chemeketa Community College, the University of Oregon, Lewis and Clark College, Linn Benton Community College and Pacific University.
University of Kentucky Federal Credit Union, Lexington, Ky., donated $15,000 in scholarship money, $5,000 to each of the three main entities it serves: University of Kentucky, Eastern Kentucky University and the Kentucky Community and Technical College System. These scholarships are awarded by the separate financial aid offices to qualified students who need financial assistance as they pursue a higher education degree. Recipients were Kristen Higdon, a freshman at UK, planning to study merchandising, apparel and textiles; Melinda Hamm, of EKU, is studying speech pathology and hopes to receive her master’s once she is finished with her bachelor’s degree; and jockey hopefuls Jessica Edstrom and Kali Francois, who are enrolled at KCTCS’ jockey school, the North American Racing Academy.