First Financial commits $50,000 to local education

LUTHERVILLE, MD (November 3, 2022) — At a reception honoring recipients of its Putting Students First Grant program, First Financial Federal Credit Union (FFFCU) announced a $50,000 commitment to Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS) and the program over the next five years. The credit union will double the previous grant amount, and will award ten, $1,000 grants each year through the 2027/2028 school year. Putting Students First Grants are offered through a partnership between First Financial and The Education Foundation of Baltimore County Public Schools. Joining in the celebration were Baltimore County Public Schools Superintendent, Dr. Darryl Williams, and Education Foundation President, Mick Rayburn.

The Putting Students First Grant program, available to BCPS educators and school administrators, supports student services and curriculum enhancements. The grants are reviewed, judged, and selected by a joint committee of Education Foundation and First Financial employees. Recipient schools for 2022 include: Battle Grove Elementary School, Cedarmere Elementary School, Charlesmont Elementary School, Cromwell Valley Elementary Regional Magnet School, Featherbed Lane Elementary School, Glyndon Elementary School, Loch Raven Technical Academy, Perry Hall Elementary School, Riverview Elementary School, and Western School of Technology and Environmental Science. These recipient schools will use the Putting Students First Grant funds to enhance classroom libraries, purchase necessary materials and supplies, meet individual student literacy needs and reach other educational objectives.

“First Financial’s commitment to extend and enhance the Putting Students First Grants brings extra sparks of excitement and motivation to the educators in BCPS. This opportunity will allow educators to create and design additional innovative, research-based programs.  It will provide them supplies and resources to implement the programs contributing to the overall learning environment for our students and allow educators to continuously embrace the total child. The cultivation of relationships between our community, our schools, and our students, builds for a better tomorrow.  The foundation extends their utmost gratitude to First Financial Federal Credit Union for being our Education Champion for Team BCPS.” said Deborah S. Phelps, Executive Director of the Education Foundation of BCPS.

Founded to serve the financial needs of educators, First Financial is well known for its commitment to enhancing education in the community it serves. “Seeing the impact this partnership has had within the educational community made it easy for us to decide to continue this initiative,” said First Financial President and CEO Eric Church. “Recognizing how critical quality education is to our future, we’re proud to deepen our support of the grant program and extend this partnership for another five years.”

To learn more about First Financial and membership eligibility, visit or call Member Services at 410-321-6060, option 5.

About First Financial Federal Credit Union (MD)

First Financial Federal Credit Union serves the employees, students, and parents of the Baltimore, Carroll, Somerset, and Worcester County Public School systems, as well as the employees and families of many area businesses, hospitals, private schools, and colleges. The Credit Union’s product offerings include free checking, online and mobile services, auto loans, credit cards, and home loans. Don’t Just Bank, Belong; visit for details.


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