First Citizens’ Federal Credit Union Awards $12,000 in Scholarships

Frank Almeida, Vice President Retail & Marketing
First Citizens’ Federal Credit Union
(508) 979-4710

Fairhaven, MA – August 16, 2012
– First Citizens’ Federal Credit Union is pleased to announce the recipients of its 20th Annual Academic Scholarship Program. A $1,000 scholarship was awarded to twelve local high school students from its branch communities across the Southcoast and Cape Cod.

In addition to the nine general scholarships, one scholarship, in honor of Barbara Whitehead Silva, former President and CEO of the credit union, is awarded.  The remaining two scholarships are the Champion Family Scholarship. The Champion Account is designed to recognize teachers, EMT, police, firefighters and healthcare professionals for their outstanding service to our communities. The two scholarships are awarded exclusively to the immediate family of these members. Each scholarship is awarded to deserving students every year who demonstrated a high level of academic excellence, leadership, and service to their community. “It is an honor to be able to recognize these outstanding young men and women for their academic achievements and community involvement” said Peter Muise, President and CEO.  “We wish them well and look forward to their continued success in the pursuit of their goals and dreams.”  

Award Winners:

  • Justin Blaise, New Bedford High School
  • Jessica DeSousa, New Bedford High School
  • Denzel J. Lomba, Falmouth High School
  • Julia Morse, Barnstable High School
  • Pamela Meritus, Dennis-Yarmouth High School
  • Matthew Nanopoulos, Dartmouth High School
  • Jeremy Robbins, Mashpee High School
  • Natasha Saremento, New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School
  • Julie Scott, Taunton High School
  • Marissa Skillings, Nauset Regional High School
  • Abbey Smith, Old Colony Rochester Regional Vocational Technical High School
  • Kaylyn Vieira, New Bedford High School

About First Citizens’
First Citizens’ Federal Credit Union is one of the premier financial institutions in southeastern Massachusetts.  With corporate offices in Fairhaven, MA, First Citizens’ can trace its roots back to 1937 when it opened its doors as a credit union in Bristol County. Today, with over 55,000 members and assets over $550 million, First Citizens’ has full service offices in New Bedford, Raynham, Taunton, Mattapoisett, Falmouth, Mashpee, Hyannis and Orleans.  The credit union offers a complete package of personal and business financial services as well as online and mobile banking.  For more information, visit

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