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

FREMONT, MI (April 25, 2018) — Gerber Federal Credit Union awarded a total of $2,750 as a result of its Annual Essay Scholarship program.  Entrants were asked to explain “Why is it important to establish and maintain good credit?” 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.

Madelynn Pascavis from Fremont High School is the First Place winner.  She was awarded $1,750 and publication of her essay in the Gerber FCU quarterly member newsletter.  Stephanie Heger from Fremont High School is the Second Place winner and was awarded $750.  Gideon Looy, a Home School Student from Big Rapids is the Third Place Winner and was awarded $250.

“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.

For more details regarding Gerber Federal Credit Union’s Annual Essay Scholarship, visit and watch the quarterly member newsletter Dollars & Sense for 2019 entry requirements.

Gideon Looy

About Gerber Federal Credit Union

Gerber Federal Credit Union is a member-owned, not-for-profit, cooperative financial institution headquartered in Fremont, Michigan. Gerber FCU provides financial services to residents and employees of Newaygo County and surrounding townships with two branches located in Fremont, Mich. and one in Newaygo, Mich. Visit for more information.


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