Achieva CU, Dunedin, Fla., awarded $15,000 in scholarships to 12 college-bound graduates. Achieva awarded 10 $1,000 scholarships to local students. In addition, two graduating high-school students who plan to major in education each were awarded a $2,500 Hugh “Max” Kriever Memorial Scholarship, in memory of the former chairman of the Achieva board.
The Alaska Credit Union League donated $18,250 to Alaska Business Week. During Alaska Business Week, high school students learn the basics of private sector business and leadership skills to help them in future careers.
TBA Credit Union, Traverse City, Mich., awarded Karen Harmer Richard, a teacher at Glen Lake High School, a classroom grant of $1,000 for the school’s Envirothon project. Separately, Kate Bardenhagen was randomly selected for TBA CU’s Loan Payment Giveaway.
Virginia CU, Richmond, Va., awarded $15,000 to Church Hill Activities & Tutoring, as part of the CU’s first annual Youth Advancement Grant.
Pennsylvania State Employees Credit Union, Harrisburg, Pa., hosted 116 golfers for its second annual PSECU Chips In Golf Outing at Dauphin Highlands Golf Course. Supported by 26 sponsors, the event raised $36,220 for this year’s beneficiary – Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. The proceeds will be divided equally among five Pennsylvania-based CMN Hospitals.
Next stop: college
University of Toledo FCU, Toledo, Ohio, awarded $5,000 in college scholarships to deserving high school seniors and college undergrads for the 11th straight year.
Corporate Citizen of the Year
Baltimore-based SecurityPlus FCU was named Corporate Citizen of the Year by local non-profit, Strong City Baltimore. The CU hosted a city shred day raising more than $11,000 to benefit Strong City Baltimore in its mission to build and strengthen neighborhoods and people.
Interns give back
A record 3,300-plus students applied for the opportunity to intern at Pentagon FCU, with 32 undergraduate and 3 graduate school students selected to intern at PenFed’s Tysons, Va., headquarters and other PenFed locations in the Greater Washington, D.C. area. The interns made an unexpected donation of a portion of their first paychecks to the PenFed Foundation.
National Safety Month
Ocala Community CU, Ocala, Fla., hosted the Ocala Fire Department’s fire fighters and paramedics to spotlight National Safety Month.
Lansing, Mich.-based LAFCU awarded a $2,500 scholarship for Lansing Community College to Nathan McCoy, a Mason High School senior. McCoy helped award a $500 donation from LAFCU to a charity he selected, Big Brothers Big Sisters Michigan Capital Region. Separately, LAFCU’s partnership with WKAR Radio during its Spring Fundraiser resulted in the credit union donating $2,712.50 – the equivalent of 8,137 meals – to Greater Lansing Food Bank.
A new winner
Ideal CU, Woodbury, Minn., said member Stephanie Smidt was the latest monthly winner of the CU’s $1,000 “Use & Win” Debit Card Giveaway. Smidt and her family had been raising money to bring their baby daughter home from China when she was randomly selected as the winner.
A future nurse
Hoosier Hills CU, Bedford, Ind., presented a scholarship to McKenna Garrison, a graduate of Bedford North Lawrence High School. Garrison will be attending Indiana Wesleyan University in the fall with plans to study nursing.
Neighbors FCU, Baton Rouge, La., contributed a combined $21,383 to 11 participating schools during the 2017-2018 school year. The funds came from Neighbors Mascot Checking Program, which invites schools in the Greater Baton Rouge area to participate by allowing Neighbors to create a custom checking account for the school.
For one month, America First CU, Riverdale, Utah, asked members to take advantage of electronic statements instead of paper statements, and pledged to donate $1 for every paper statement canceled during the month to TreeUtah. The effort raised $9,767.
HIt the books
American Airlines FCU, Fort Worth, Texas, awarded a total of 11 scholarships for $55,000 spread among seven high school students and four college students, with each receiving $5,000 scholarships.
The Hawaii bank has paid employees who carpool, bike or walk to work. About a third of the workforce bought into the program before the pandemic, and it's expected to continue once life returns to normal.