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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.

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