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Participating MI Bright Future organization Michigan Schools & Government Credit Union has awarded $67,500 in scholarship money to local students and educators. Read below to learn more about the awards and their recipients. Congratulations to all those who were selected!
MSGCU Awards $67,500 in Scholarships to Students and Educators
“Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.”
– Martin Luther King, Jr.
CLINTON TOWNSHIP, Mich., April 24, 2017 – Education is an essential tool that provides a foundation for growing and developing. It shapes the minds of today’s learners as they become tomorrow’s leaders. A college degree is an important component of the learning journey and Michigan Schools and Government Credit Union (MSGCU) is proud to annually award scholarships to help students and educators in these academic pursuits.
MSGCU received more than 300 scholarship applications from more than 80 high schools as well as other academic institutions in Michigan. The caliber of the applicants and their accomplishments was inspiring.
After careful review and consideration, MSGCU is pleased to award $67,500 in scholarships to 25 students and two educators. Scholarship honorees are from 20 local high schools and two in-state colleges. Each recipient will receive a one-time award of $2,500 and all will be honored at a private reception on Tuesday, June 6. Members of the MSGCU management team and Board of Directors are scheduled to participate in the celebration.
“The accomplishments of our honorees are truly impressive,” said MSGCU President and CEO Peter Gates. “These individuals exemplify ambition, dedication, compassion and academic excellence, which are the hallmarks of the MSGCU Scholarships Program. We are proud to support them in their future academic endeavors.”
The Scholarship Recipients
The Rudolph Heino Scholarship was created in honor of Rudolph Heino, a long-time MSGCU Board Member who strongly upheld the “people helping people” philosophy. The scholarship is designed to help students who demonstrate an enthusiasm and commitment to learning and a clear, visionary path for their future.
The five recipients of the Rudolph Heino Scholarship are:
- Brendan DeSantis (Warren): De La Salle Collegiate High School
- Kristen Ewald (Oxford): Oxford Schools Early College
- Stephen Gaedcke (Clinton Township): International Academy of Macomb
- Giancarlo Tucci-Berube (Bloomfield Hills): Bloomfield Hills High School
- Alyssa Ziemianski (Clinton Township): Chippewa Valley High School
The Larry Swantek Educational Studies Scholarship was created in honor of Larry Swantek, a retired MSGCU Board Member who was a teacher for more than 25 years. He embraced his role as an educator and influenced thousands of students both in and out of the classroom.
The two recipients of the Larry Swantek Educational Studies Scholarship are:
- Julia Barraco (Macomb): Macomb Community College
- Chelsea Zimmerman (Clinton Township): Wayne State University
The Educational Solutions Scholarship focuses on the power of education and its ability to change lives for the better. Applicants are asked to share how education has impacted them and also provide a letter of recommendation from a teacher.
The 18 recipients of the Educational Solutions Scholarship are:
- Abigail Allmacher (Shelby Township): Eisenhower High School
- Georgina Broyles (New Haven): Merritt Academy High School
- Anthony Campana (Clawson): Clawson High School
- Mackenzie Connell (Sterling Heights): Utica Academy for International Studies
- Teresa Czeiszperger (Clinton Township): International Academy of Macomb
- Lolly Duus (Grosse Pointe Woods): Grosse Pointe North High School
- Charles Fromm (Utica): Utica High School
- Abigail Girardot (Center Line): Center Line High School
- Emma Harris (Royal Oak): Royal Oak High School
- James Holman (Clinton Township): International Academy of Macomb
- Kyle Masiak (Clinton Township): Chippewa Valley High School
- Amulya Parmar (Bloomfield Hills): International Academy
- Emily Pokorski (Clinton Township): Chippewa Valley High School
- Julia Sayles (Macomb): Dakota High School
- Shreya Subramanian (Troy): Troy High School
- Kathryn Wagner (Auburn Hills): Avondale High School
- Eleri Watkins (Troy): Troy Athens High School
- Kyle Wierszewski (Armada): Armada High School
The Educator Advantage Scholarship was introduced in 2015 in honor of MSGCU’s 60th anniversary. The scholarship is designed to help educators in their continuing education pursuits and assist in the increasing of knowledge and skills that are key in an evolving academic environment.
The two recipients of the Educator Advantage Scholarship are:
- Kristy Pierce, Teacher/Student Council Advisor, Troy Athens High School
- Dayna Polehanki, Teacher/Data Coordinator, New Haven High School
About Michigan Schools and Government Credit Union
MSGCU has been providing quality financial services to the community for more than 60 years. Founded by a small group of educators, MSGCU offers a full range of loan, savings and investment, checking, credit card, mortgage and insurance products for consumers and businesses. In 2016, MSGCU received a number of awards recognizing its active involvement in community Giving Back and Education/Workshop programs. With 13 offices in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne Counties, MSGCU has more than 110,000 members, $1.7 billion in assets, and has earned 97% member satisfaction ratings for the past ten years. MSGCU has also earned five stars, as reported by Bauer Financial, for more than 20 years, and has been honored as a Top Workplace by The Detroit Free Press four years in a row.
Join the MI Bright Future team on Tuesday, January 17th at Automation Alley for a presentation of 60 Minutes to Success: Connecting Business to the Education Pipeline.
Michigan is currently in the midst of one of the greatest economic recovery stories ever seen. Jobs are returning to the state, business is growing, and the rate of unemployed persons continues to decline. But the good news ends there. While businesses are growing, the labor force is ageing rapidly, and the next generation of workers lack the skills and knowledge of their predecessors. The future workforce is unprepared, which will disrupt many businesses’ current operations and also cripple their chances for long-term, sustained success. MI Bright Future exists to prevent that from happening.
Local employers and other professionals interested in getting a head start on developing their future workforce are encouraged to join Sarah Sebaly, MI Bright Future Senior Program Manager, and Lisa Gordon, MI Bright Future Program Coordinator on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. at Automation Alley for a brief presentation about the MI Bright Future program. Attendees will learn more about the benefits MI Bright Future offers participating employers, and will receive deeper insight into how students will be connecting with them. Interested parties are asked to register with Automation Alley by clicking here.
MI Bright Future is the premier tool in Michigan for connecting the business community with local students. By ensuring students are on the right educational pathway while in high school, employers take a proactive role in shaping their future workers’ educational plans and guarantee they have the best-skilled workforce to meet the challenges of tomorrow. Utilizing an easy-to-use virtual interface, MI Bright Future connects students with employers via company profiles, career message boards, and a database of available work-based learning opportunities—such as internships, job shadows, etc.—as determined by employers upon sign-up. Because it is an online-based program, students are free to network with employers both during and after school. Better yet? Signing up for MI Bright Future is both easy and free!
Unable to attend the event at Automation Alley? Contact Sarah Sebaly for additional questions at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.MIBrightFuture.org.
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