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St. Anne’s Credit Union, Fall River, Mass., awarded 12, $1,000 scholarships to area high school seniors at its 70th Annual Meeting. This makes the 15th consecutive year for the credit union’s scholarship program. John R. Ledwidge, president/CEO, and members of the CU’s board of directors were there to present the scholarships to the winners. Palisades Federal Credit Union, Pearl River, N.Y., awarded $3,900 in New York State Credit Union League, George Hatala and NYSCUL Westchester/Rockland District scholarships to eight high school seniors to help finance their college educations. NYSCUL coordinates the statewide scholarship on behalf of participating New York state credit unions. PFCU members entering college for the first time are eligible for awards based on grades, leadership activities, and extracurricular activities. This year’s winners are: Sheela Krishnan; Hemal P. Desai; David Ullman; Zhoyin Yang; Christina Larsen; Deborah Vitanza; Kaitlyn Murphy; and Mara Frankel. Matthew Ransom, a teacher at Barlett Elementary, is the latest winner of the One Class At A Time $500 grant awarded by Memphis Area Teachers’ Credit Union, Memphis, Tenn. Ransom was surprised in his classroom with a $500 check by MATCU’s Senior Vice President, Ken Newburry, Eyewitness News personalities Dee Griffin and Cameron Harper, and MATCU’s ATM mascot, Smarty. Ransom applied for funding to install a permanently assembled traversing climbing wall in the gymnasium, used to teach climbing, spotter techniques, trust of teammates and teamwork. Mon-Oc Federal Credit Union Scholarship Fund Association, Toms River, N.J., announced the recipients of the Erma Dorrer Literacy Award scholarships for 2005-2006 at the CU’s 70th Annual Meeting. The following graduating seniors will receive $1,000 upon their June 2006 graduation for their response to the scholarship question, “What would be your action plan to educate your community to safeguard the environment?”: Brianne Stratton, Kristen Wappel, Jennifer Ams, and Ashley Attardo. The Mon-Oc Scholarship Committee presented certificates of achievement to each student. The committee has issued more than $40,000 to 74 graduating high school seniors in Ocean and Monmouth counties. Employees of North Jersey Federal Credit Union, Totowa, N.J., walked for the March of Dimes to help fight premature births. NJFCU employees and family members raised close to $1,000 and will help support research and programs to prevent premature births. WalkAmerica in Passaic County was an exciting day for the whole family. After the six mile walk, walkers were treated to lunch, music, prizes and various family activities. The CU is also collecting donations for the March of Dimes through all of its branches. Silver State Schools Credit Union, Las Vegas, has announced the winners of its 2006 scholarships for high school seniors. Each of these scholarships awards $2,000 annually, renewable for up to four years, and are awarded to seniors who demonstrate excellence in academics, athletics and community service. Three of the scholarships are named for long-time volunteers Arlene Parkinson, Bart Roche and Leonard Petoske, and two are named for the credit union and are needs-based. Tatini Datta received the Arlene Parkinson Scholarship; Andrew Green won the Bart Roche Scholarship; Wen Hui Tan was granted the Leonard Petoske Scholarship; and Tiffany McKinney and Bryson Seastrand were each awarded an SSSCU Scholarship. NuUnion Credit Union, Lansing, Mich., was the local presenting sponsor of the Komen Greater Lansing Race for the Cure Survivor Celebration. The Survivor Celebration provided an opportunity for breast cancer survivors and their families to relax before and after the Race with food, music and spa treatments. The CU contribution of $10,000 will support the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation’s mission of eradicating breast cancer as a life threatening disease. In addition to their corporate sponsorship, NuUnion employees formed a team for the Race, with nearly 60 people raising more than $2,700. Employees also volunteered their time to work at the Survivor Celebration Tent and the NuUnion booth. Colorado Credit Union, Denver, awarded two of its student members with the John Flynn Scholarship. Each scholarship is worth $1,000 and is offered to any member who is seeking to further his or her education at an institution of higher learning. The selection criteria included academic achievement and financial need as well as a will to succeed, leadership and community involvement. Along with an application and two letters of recommendation, students were asked to write a 600-word essay about either the history of credit unions or the difference between credit unions and banks. Ryan Blake and Rachel Garcia were this year’s winners. Federal Credit Union, Bloomfield, Mich., celebrates 70 years of business this year. In 70 years, T&C has grown from one branch to nine branches, with a 10th opening this month. Currently the CU has 63,000 members and assets in excess of $550 million and has given back to each and every community it serves. T&C works hard to exemplify the credit union philosophy of “people helping people.” Security Service Federal Credit Union, San Antonio, celebrated 50 years of service to its member-owners on May 7. The anniversary will be highlighted with special activities throughout the year, including a 1956 Chevy giveaway, a traveling display and the publishing of a 50-year history. In the CU’s first year, 467 members joined, 118 loans were made and assets were $20,000. Now, SSFCU has 580,000 members and $3.8 billion in assets, and is the largest credit union in San Antonio and the 10th largest in the nation. Dover Federal Credit Union, Dover AFB, Del., has announced that its assets now top the $200,000,000 mark, making it the second largest CU in the state. This milestone comes on the heels of the CU’s first time ever bonus dividend payout. The CU attributes this milestone to the support of its members. Pen Air Federal Credit Union, Pensacola, Fla., celebrates 70 years of service this year. The CU started in 1936 as Pensacola Air Station Federal Credit Union for civil service employees and after 70 years has grown to include a tri-county area of military personnel, nearly 600 select employee groups and their immediate families. Pen Air FCU, which started out of a back room in an existing military building, is now 13 full-service offices strong, with over 30 ATMS. CoastHills Federal Credit Union, Lompoc, Calif., recently achieved $500 million in assets and 50,000 members. The CU had a celebration for 110 CoastHills employees and their family members at its newly expanded headquarters in Vandenberg Village to commemorate the milestone. Five year old Ethan Hundley of Vandenberg Air Force Base became the 50,000th member of the CU when he opened up a savings account at the CoastHills’ Base Branch on April 25th. For being the 50,000th member, the CU presented Ethan with $500 and donated an additional $500 to the charity of his choice, the Tri-County Make a Wish Foundation. North Jersey Federal Credit Union, Totowa, N.J., was presented with a 70th Anniversary plaque from Robert Walls, president/CEO of the New Jersey Credit Union League, to celebrate 70 years of service. The credit union was established in 1936. Colorado Credit Union, Denver, awarded two of its student members with the John Flynn Scholarship. Each scholarship is worth $1,000 and is offered to any member who is seeking to further his or her education at an institution of higher learning. The selection criteria included academic achievement and financial need as well as a will to succeed, leadership and community involvement. Along with an application and two letters of recommendation, students were asked to write a 600-word essay about either the history of credit unions or the difference between credit unions and banks. Ryan Blake and Rachel Garcia were this year’s winners. West Community Credit Union, O’Fallon, Mo., has awarded scholarships to five high school seniors in the amount of $1,000 each to be used toward college. The students were evaluated based on grade point average and class rank, ACT or SAT college entry exams, curriculum and extracurricular activities, financial need, and personal and school recommendations. This year’s recipients included: Timothy Malecek; Heather Sutton; Kriston Singh; James Keehn; and Kim Glowski.

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