Gerber Federal Credit Union awards $2,750 in annual scholarships

FREMONT, MI (April 15, 2019) — Gerber Federal Credit Union awarded a total of $2,750 as a result of its Annual Essay Scholarship program.  Entrants were asked to explain “What do you think is the largest risk to financial health for teens and young adults today?  What steps should be taken to reduce this risk?” in 300-500 words.  Entries were accepted from Gerber Federal Credit Union members currently attending their senior year of high school and planning to attend an accredited technical school, community college, trade school, four-year accredited college or university, or an apprentice program.

Brayden Mumper from Newaygo, MI is the First Place winner (shown in attached picture with Gerber FCU President/CEO John Buckley), he was awarded $1,750 and publication of his essay at  Aubrie Kibart from Fremont, MI is the Second Place winner and was awarded $750 (shown in attached picture with Gerber FCU President/CEO John Buckley).  Jade Murray from Grant, MI is the Third Place Winner and was awarded $250 (shown in attached picture with Gerber FCU Newaygo Branch Manager Patti Scherf).

“Financial literacy is a key determinant of success in today’s society.  Gerber FCU is committed to providing excellent resources and opportunities to learn for all of its members, no matter where they might be on their life’s journey,” said John Buckley, President/CEO of Gerber Federal Credit Union.

Essays were submitted by email and mail.  Our panel of judges included 4 educators from various school districts and a member of management at a local hospital.  Judges evaluated the essays on Topical Relevance and Quality of Writing after all identifying information was removed.

Left Aubrie Kibart, Right John Buckley

Left Jade Murray, Right Patti Scherf

Left John Buckley, Right Brayden Mumper

About Gerber Federal Credit Union

Gerber Federal Credit Union was founded here, and we’re focused on growing here.  We have two branches located in Fremont and one in Newaygo.  Stop in or visit to learn why Newaygo County trusts Gerber FCU as their financial partner. For more information on Gerber Federal Credit Union or this event, please contact Heather Wiersema by phone (231) 924-4880 ext. 147 or email


Heather Wiersema
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(231) 924-4880 Ext. 147
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