Scholarships From Credit Unions
American Heritage Federal Credit Union, Philadelphia, awarded 25 $1,000 college scholarships to young credit union members. The credit union’s scholarship committee selected the 2012 scholarship recipients based on their scholarly merits, community and school involvement, a letter of recommendation and an essay on how American Heritage can help achieve their American Dream. A scholarship banquet held last month honored the 25 recipients: Daniel Adler from Pennsbury High School, Benjamin Bonner from Timber Creek Regional High School, Katie Bressler from Central Bucks High School South, Matthew Carullo from Methacton High School, Gianna Grossman from Central High School, Sarah Haenn from Mount Saint Joseph Academy, Megan Hittle from North Penn High School, Kelly Holloran from Franklin Learning Center, Alyssa Iaquinto from Central Bucks High School East, Gregory Kappes from Lower Moreland High School, Malisha Liyanage from Upper Moreland High School, Maggie McClay from Philadelphia Academy Charter School, Bryan Melilli from Bucks County Technical High School, James Midkiff from Cherry Hill High School East, Timothy Miller from Central Bucks High School West, Molly Molnar from Washington Township High School, Bridget Moore from St. Basil Academy, Alyssa Mullen from Little Flower High School, Brooke Prestia from North Penn High School, Zach Richard from Souderton Area High School, Natalie Sanchez from Philadelphia Science Leadership, Matthew Simpson from Souderton Area High School, Natalie Waligorski from Haddon Township High School, John Whelan from Conestoga Senior High School and Pharaoh Williams from Academy at Palumbo.
Atlanta Postal Credit Union, Atlanta, awarded three $1,000 scholarships to young members who demonstrated academic excellence, citizenship and credit union participation. APCU’s Youth Member Development Scholarship reflects the credit union’s belief that education is the foundation that helps young members build a strong, financially sound future. The winners of Atlanta Postal’s 2012 scholarship winners were Tabitha Banks of Lilburn, Ga., who is still selecting a college to attend, will be majoring in biological sciences; Victoria James of Fayetteville, Ga., who plans to attend Gardner-Webb University and majoring in nursing; and Courtney Knight of Dallas, Ga., who plans on attending Shorter University and majoring in pre-pharmacy/chemistry.
Catholic Federal Credit Union, Saginaw, Mich., recently awarded over $119,000 to 280 students with its Msgr. Forbes Scholarship Fund. The college scholarships are open to members of the credit union who meet the criteria based on financial need, community involvement, educational/occupational goals, grade point average and other requirements. The scholarship program, which originated in 1982, was inspired to honor the legacy of the late Msgr. Eugene A. Forbes whose dedication and commitment to encouraging the pursuit of higher education. Since 1982, the Msgr. Forbes Scholarship Committee has awarded more than $1.2 million dollars and has given out over 2,500 scholarships to students who want to begin or continue their education.
First Financial of Maryland Federal Credit Union, Lutherville, Md., awarded 50 $3,000 college scholarships to graduating high school seniors within its field of membership. The 2012 scholarships recognized academic achievement and commitment to school and community. Students from 49 of the 50 eligible high schools participated in the 2012 program. Scholarship recipients were recognized at the credit union’s annual meeting. Students from high schools in Baltimore and Carroll County Public Schools as well as the private schools were eligible to apply. One $3,000 college scholarship was made available to each of the schools. Additional scholarships were made available to existing student members who attended schools outside of the credit union’s field of membership. Students were asked to write an essay, submit character references and have a 2.5 minimum GPA. Funding for the scholarship program is made possible through the KidsFirst & Community Fund. Through this program a portion of member purchases made with a First Financial FCU Visa credit card is donated to help children in the credit union community. Since the fund’s inception in 1989, First Financial FCU has donated over $1 million dollars to benefit children; over $630,000 has been given in scholarship awards.
Gateway Metro Federal Credit Union, Florissant, Mo., awarded four graduating high school seniors with $1,000 Judith A. Lowe Memorial Scholarships at the credit union’s annual meeting.
Emily Brown, Elizabeth Connor, Amanda DeWitt, and Tiffany Hennings were chosen based on their high school accomplishments, volunteer activities and their plans for using financial savvy to make their futures brighter. Applicants also turned in recommendation letters and an essay on the importance of financial education. The credit union has awarded $21,000 in scholarships to high school seniors since the program began six years ago. Gateway Metro Federal’s scholarship program is part of a larger financial education initiative. Gateway Metro Federal has elementary-school student-assisted credit union branches at Our Lady of Guadalupe School, St. Ferdinand School and Christ, Light of the Nations School. The credit union also operates a branch at Gateway Institute of Technology (a St. Louis City public school).Gateway Metro Federal’s scholarships are named for Judith A. Lowe, president of Gateway Metro Federal Credit Union, then called Gateway Telco Credit Union, from 1983 through the early 1990s.
Greater TEXAS Federal Credit Union, Bastrop, Texas, recently presented graduating seniors from Bastrop, Elgin and Smithville high schools with their B.E.S.T. scholarship checks. The scholarship recipients received $500 each to go toward furthering their education and their college tuition. The winning students were Samantha Moore, Bastrop High School; Colin Ashby, Elgin High School; and Megan Spears, Smithville High School.
Gulf Winds Federal Credit Union, Pensacola, Fla., announced the recipients of the 2012 Gulf Winds Scholarship Program. The award is a $2,500 scholarship to assist three deserving credit union members who are high school graduates and are beginning their first-year of undergraduate education. The scholarships will provide a one-time award for use at any accredited college, university or trade school. The awardees were Kristie Henderson, Olivia Bachman and Madyson Tumblin. Henderson is a senior at Flomaton High School. She has been accepted for admission to Jefferson Davis Community College where she will complete her general studies and then transfer to Troy University to pursue a career in journalism. Bachman is a senior at Pace High School and is also dual enrolled at Pensacola State College. She has been accepted for admission to the University of South Florida to pursue a degree in nursing. Madyson Tumblin is a senior at Pace High School and is also dual enrolled at Pensacola State College. She has been accepted at the Florida State University to pursue a degree in nutrition and food science.
MAX Credit Union, Montgomery, Ala., through its MAX4Kids Foundation, recognized 10 graduating seniors from the River Region by presenting each with a $5,000 MAX4Kids Scholarship. A committee of area college educators met and chose the recipients based on scholastic achievement, extra-curricular activities, qualities of character and leadership, and essay responses. Since 2001, the MAX4Kids Foundation has awarded $240,000 in scholarships to 120 high school seniors from the River Region.
UNITED SA Federal Credit Union, SAN ANTONIO, has awarded a total of $2,000 in scholarships to four high school seniors. Four local students and their parents were recognized at an honorary reception at the credit union’s headquarters. The winners were Katarina Bujnoch from Boerne High School, Jaquelin Hurst from Marshall High School, Brooke Kosub from East Central High School and Tamar Shelby from Stevens High School. This is the sixth year that UNITED SA has offered a scholarship program. Students are chosen based on academics, leadership, community service and personal recommendations.