7 17 Credit Union supports students across the valley with 12 scholarships

SAN DIEGO, CA (May 14, 2024)For more than 20 years, 7 17 Credit Union has awarded annual scholarships to  area students embarking on their journey of continuous learning. In support of our community  and commitment to our young people, we are excited to announce the twelve recipients of 7 17’s  

scholarship awards. The scholarships, worth $1500 a piece, are given to deserving local  students pursuing higher education.  

The scholarship categories include ones that are university merit-based, credit union spirit  scholarships, and awards from 7 17’s Cha-Ching Teen Club, and 7 17’s The edge Club.  

Several university scholarships were awarded based on grade point average and school and  community involvement. Recipients were chosen by and will attend the following universities:  Youngstown State University, The University of Akron, Kent State University’s main campus, and Kent State University’s regional campuses. All of the scholarship recipients are members or  children of members of 7 17. 

Winners are as follows: 

The University of Akron Merit Award goes to Emma Hammer of Salem High School pursuing a  degree in Biomedical Engineering. Receiving a Merit Award to attend Kent State University are  Grace Basile of Austintown Fitch High School who will study Speech Pathology/Audiology; and  Salem High School’s Alec Turnbull who will study Physical Therapy. In addition, a Merit Award  

is extended to Madison Vardavas of Hoover H.S., as she enters the Chemistry program at  Youngstown State University.  

Receiving Spirit Scholarships to Kent State University are Emily Gainer of Marlington High  School, set to study Psychology, and Nickolas Barger from Edgewood High School majoring in  Radiology. A 7 17 Spirit Award is also being given to Ayla Ray of Austintown Fitch High School who will attend Youngstown State University; and Daniel Summers who, after graduation from  Ravenna High School, will attend the University of Akron to study Sports Analytics.

In addition to our university scholarships, two 2024 Cha-ching Teen Club Scholarships are  given and can be used by students to further their education at any accredited university or  trade school. Winners are Mackenzie Hathhorn of Howland High School following a Veterinary  Technology path at Kent State University and Renn Rohrer who will pursue Civil Engineering  after graduating from Warren G. Harding High School.  

7 17 also awarded two scholarships to members of our young adult program, The edge Club,  designed to meet the unique needs of 18 to 25-year-olds. This program was developed to build  upon the financial program offered to our Cha-Ching members as they become more  independent and begin to make financial decisions on their own. Scholarships are going to  Emma More from Waterloo High School who will major in Finance at Mount Vernon Nazarene  University and Walter Bungard studying Chemical Engineering at the University of Akron. 

Like the Cha-Ching Teen Club awards, The edge Scholarships are available for use at any  accredited university or trade school. Applicants were evaluated on their academic success and  community commitment and were also asked to write a short essay.  

A total of $18,000 was awarded to 12 students. To learn more about 7 17’s commitment  to education, visit our scholarship pages at

About 7 17 Credit Union

7 17 Credit Union is the largest in Northeast Ohio with 13 branch locations and more than  120,000 members. Established in 1957, we’re proud to help people improve their lives  financially and support the communities we serve. Anyone living or working in Trumbull,  Mahoning, Columbiana, Portage, Stark, or Summit Counties is eligible to open accounts with 7  17. To learn more about 7 17, our services, and how to join, visit


Eric Lanham
Senior Vice President, Marketing
7 17 Credit Union

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