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Meet Our 2019 College Scholarship Winners

Congratulations to our 2019 college scholarship recipients! MONEY Federal Credit Union believes in education. That’s why we’ve granted over $100,000 in college scholarship money since the program’s inception.

Meet the exceptional students who were chosen by our third-party committee. Their decision was based on the applicant’s academic achievements, extra-curricular activities, community involvement, and an essay regarding the value of the philosophical foundation of credit unions, “people helping people”.

Stefan Atanasov will graduate from West Genesee High School and plans on attending Brown University. He has maintained high honorYoung male studentroll throughout his high school career and has been a part of the National Honor Society for his junior and senior years. He is currently ranked 2nd in a class of over 400 students. A few of Stefan’s high school activities include varsity soccer and varsity tennis, Math League, Spanish Club and Class Senate. Within those activities, Stefan was elected Captain of both his varsity soccer and varsity tennis teams, as well as vice president of the Spanish Honor Society. He has also volunteered his time at both Crouse Hospital and University Medical Hospital, St George Macedonian Orthodox Church and Honor Flight Syracuse, an organization created solely to honor America’s veterans. If Stefan could run the credit union he would “..Branch out further, beyond Syracuse, NY, to build an even larger, stronger, and happier community”. He believes “..It would be easier if there were physical buildings located across the country to provide a sense of security and familiarity to the members”.


Charles Hackett will graduate from Century High School and plans on attending the University of Maryland. He has been a part of the National Young male student portraitHonor Society as well as an honor roll student all four years.  Additionally, Charles has been awarded the Varsity Football Defensive MVP, two years running, is a Track & Field state champion, has obtained a Law & Legal internship, is an All-County athlete and winner of the Minds in Motion Award. Some of Charles’ high school activities include Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Ski Club, varsity track & field as well as varsity football & varsity lacrosse, both of which he was elected team captain his Junior and Senior years. In his spare time, Charles has volunteered with the Special Olympics, at various food shelters, with special needs lacrosse camps and with youth bible groups. If Charles could run the credit union, he would “..Implement a referral system to entice members to seek out their friends and colleagues so that the credit union could multiply substantially at a relatively low cost”.



Griffin Seifritz will graduate from CW Baker High School, as salutatorian and class president, and will be attending Purdue University. Some of hisYoung male student portrait high school honors include National Honors Society, four years on high honor roll, the George Eastman Young Leaders Award and NYS Scholar Athlete. A few of Griffin’s high school activities are comprised of varsity soccer, class council, Robotics Club, Rotary Youth leadership and Garden Club. Griffin is also a member of FCCLA, an organization that promotes personal growth and leadership development through family and consumer sciences education. In his free time, Griffin has volunteered at the Beaver Lake Nature Center, his local United Methodist church, and at Family Fun Nights with the town of Van Buren. If Griffin could run the credit union he would “..Implement a program to teach middle school and high school students how to manage their money for college and beyond”.



MONEY Federal Credit Union’s scholarship competition begins in October of every year, with an application deadline typically in mid-January. It’s open to MONEY FCU members who are graduating high school seniors planning to attend college, and who have had their account relationship with us for over one year at the time of application.

In addition to a scholarship program, we support our youth members by offering a fee-free checking account and a better way to pay for college with our private student loan program.

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