Scholarships from Credit Unions
Vantage Credit Union, St. Louis, awarded 20 area high school seniors with “Quest For Education Scholarship.s” Each award was for $1,000. Winners were judged on a combination of student-written essays; appropriate honors and awards; participation in extracurricular, community and volunteer activities; recommendation letters; and credit union membership. Volunteer scholarship judges consisted of local educators, Vantage board and supervisory committee members, and select employees. Students from 13 public and five private schools, in both Missouri and Illinois, won scholarships. In the past 29 years, Vantage has awarded over $572,500 in scholarships to area high school seniors.
Black Hills Federal Credit Union, Rapid City, S.D., announced the recipients of the 2013 VIBZ scholarships. The six high school seniors were selected from more than 50 applicants from 16 area schools in western and central South Dakota. Each will receive a $1,000 scholarship toward attending the college of their choice. The recipients are members of Black Hills Federal Credit Union’s VIBZ teen program, which is designed to promote financial literacy among young adults and assist them in effectively managing their personal finances. The 2013 recipients are Shelby Burtzlaff, Spearfish High School, who plans on attending Mitchell Technical Institute; Kassandra Herding, Rapid City Central High School, who plans on attending South Dakota School of Mines & Technology; David Langerman, St. Thomas More High School, who plans on attending South Dakota School of Mines & Technology; Ray McKee, Homeschool in Nemo, who plans on attending Cedarville University; Dakota Nelson, Rapid City Stevens High School, whose future college is undecided; and Jarrett Weimer, Hot Springs High School, who plans on attending Musicians Institute.
BluCurrent Credit Union, Springfield, Mo. announced three winners of the BluCurrent Harry Witherspoon $2,000 Scholarships: Louis Claussen of Springfield, Pamela Morris also of Springfield, and Coy Schrode of Ozark. Applications for the scholarships were offered exclusively to graduating high school seniors that are members of BluCurrent, and this year were doubled from the $1,000 offered previously to $2,000 each. Claussen is a Claussen Homeschool Academy graduate, a lifetime member of BluCurrent and plans to attend Missouri State University to pursue a degree in music. Morris is a Central High School graduate and plans to attend Drury University to pursue a degree in molecular biology before going on to medical school to become a pediatric oncologist. Schroder is an Ozark High School graduate. He has only missed one day of school during his entire high school career and plans to attend University of Missouri to pursue a degree in mechanical engineering before going on to enlist as a commissioned officer with the United States Marine Corps.
Charter Oak Federal Credit Union, Groton, Conn., has awarded $14,000 in scholarships to seven local students. Five students were awarded with a community scholarship. Recipients were Jessica Rae Dastous of Brooklyn, a Killingly High School student; Lariah Maynard and Sethulakshmi Babu of Groton, who both attend Robert E. Fitch Senior High School; Lauren Biernacki of North Grosvenordale, who attends Tourtellotte Memorial High School; and Taylor Alexander Sulik of Danielson, a Pomfret School student. Two additional scholarships were awarded in memory of two longtime employees, LuAnn Dugas and Louise Jackson. The LuAnn Dugas Memorial Scholarship was presented by Tom Dugas, husband of the late LuAnn Dugas, to David Stephen Webster of Norwich, who attends the University of Connecticut - Avery Point. The Louise Jackson Community Outreach Scholarship was presented to Annemarie Lussier of East Lyme, who attends East Lyme High School. The community outreach scholarship is funded entirely by Charter Oak employees, who raise money by paying a small fee each week to participate in the credit union’s casual-dress campaign.
Honor Credit Union, St. Joseph, Mich., announced the winners of its annual community commitment scholarships. The scholarships provide an opportunity for Honor Credit Union to recognize the passion that many students have for volunteering in their community. Applicants were judged on volunteer efforts, as well as an essay detailing how community service has impacted their life. Each student was awarded $1,000. Recipients this year were Paige Janawski, River Valley HS; Gielle Kuhn, Andrews Academy; Joseph Agay, Lake Michigan Catholic HS; Elizabeth Anderson, Plainwell HS; Davis Baker, South Haven HS; Hayden Stoub, Berrien Springs HS; Matthew Dunaj, St. Joseph HS; Caroline Arny, Coloma HS; Alexis Nowacki, Lakeshore HS; Kaliyah Drake, Benton Harbor HS.