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NWCUA recognizes excellence
The Northwest CU Association held its 2017 Spectrum Awards, honoring CUs from Idaho, Oregon, and Washington for excellence in communications, public relations and marketing. Sixteen credit unions were recognized for outstanding achievements in 10 awards categories, from branding to community impact and newsletters to new media.
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Wrapping up the year with Reality Fairs
To help wrap up the 2016-2017 school year, St. Helens Community CU, St. Helens, Ore., hosted a series of Financial Reality Fairs at Scappoose, St. Helens and Rainier High Schools, giving hundreds of high school seniors the chance to experience real life finances in a safe environment.
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$20,000 in scholarships
For the 21st consecutive year, Robins Financial CU, Warner Robins, Ga., awarded five high school seniors from Central Georgia with scholarships. Each recipient received a four-year, $4,000 scholarship that requires students maintain a 3.0 or higher grade point average.
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Snack packs to fight hunger
Volunteers at The Wisconsin CU League’s Annual Convention assembled hundreds of snack packs with pudding, fruit, granola bars, crackers, cereal, applesauce and other ready-to-eat foods to help fight hunger among kids in the Wisconsin Dells School District.
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Coming soon: New corporate campus
First Technology FCU, Beaverton, Ore., and Mountain View, Calif., broke ground on its new corporate campus in Hillsboro, Ore. The new campus is slated to open in June 2018 and will be home to 650 current employees – and capable of housing more than 900 employees as First Tech continues to grow.
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Renovation completed
Texas Trust CU completed the renovation of its new corporate headquarters in Arlington. The 37,000-square-foot building, which Texas Trust purchased in 2012, was completely overhauled to create a state-of-the-art facility for the growing credit union.
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Celebrating Youth Financial Literacy Month
A dedicated partner committed to youth literacy, Riverdale, Utah-based America First CU kicked off National Credit Union Youth Financial Literacy Month by partaking in various literacy events and happenings throughout Southern Nevada.
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'Reverse' food truck debuts
SPIRE CU, Falcon Heights, Minn., officially unveiled its “reverse” food truck in July 2016. Since then the CU has launched a SPIRE Food Truck competition and corresponding reality TV show in the Twin Cities, and the truck has visited numerous destinations. The truck won a Diamond Award for Marketing Excellence from the CUNA Marketing and Business Development Council. Separately, SPIRE held a food drive to benefit Second Harvest Heartland, and it marked 26 years in Adopt-A-Highway as employees cleaned litter alongside Highway 23.
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Employees from Gerber FCU, Fremont, Mich., participated in the TrueNorth Community Services Bowlapalooza event and raised $844 for TrueMentors, which provides adult mentors to at-risk youth in Newaygo County.
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More scholarships awarded
SIU Credit Union, Carbondale, Ill., awarded $1,000 scholarships to five students for the 2017-18 school year.

First Financial FCU of Maryland, Lutherville, Md., awarded 45 deserving high school students with $3,000 college scholarships. Winners were chosen from a field of more than 300 applicants.

Hughes FCU, Tucson, Ariz., surpassed 100,000 members, $837 million in loans and $1 billion in assets in 2016. The news was announced to approximately 500 member-owners at the credit union’s 65th annual meeting, when the CU also awarded a total of $10,000 in scholarships to local high school students.

For the ninth year in a row Farmington Hills, Mich.-based Community Choice CU’s Foundation awarded $100,000 in scholarships to 20 high school seniors from across Michigan. Each scholar received $5,000. As a prerequisite of receiving the award, each has pledged to attend school and build their careers in-state.

Western Division FCU, Williamsville, N.Y., awarded scholarships to 6 members who are high school seniors planning to further their education at a two- or four-year college or university. This year’s winners received $1,000 each, with one recipient awarded an additional $500 due to her service to the community.

Meridian Trust FCU, Cheyenne, Wyo., awarded scholarships in the amount of $1,000 each to Janelle Dehnert of Lander and Austin Tarango of Laramie.