Gerber Federal Credit Union awards $4,500 cash in annual scholarships

FREMONT, MI (May 3, 2024) — Gerber Federal Credit Union awarded a total of $4,500 as a result of its Annual Essay Scholarship program. This is an increase of $1,750 over the prior year. Entrants were asked to explain their “decision-making process for deciding on a career choice” 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.

Carson Foondle from White Cloud High School is the First Place winner. He was awarded $2,000 and publication of his essay at  Katie Ackerman from Fremont High School is the Second Place winner and was awarded $1,500.  Victoria Ekkel from Fremont High School is the Third Place Winner and was awarded $1,000. Gerber Federal Credit Union President/CEO John Buckley and Marketing Officer Heather Wiersema awarded students in the attached photos.

Essays were submitted by email and mail.  Our panel of judges included 4 educators from various school districts in Newaygo County.  Judges evaluated the essays on Topical Relevance and Quality of Writing after all identifying information was removed.

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Gerber Federal Credit Union was founded here, and we’re focused on growing here. We have two branches located in Fremont and one branch located in Newaygo. Stop in or visit to learn why Newaygo County trusts Gerber FCU as their financial partner.


Heather Wiersema CUCME
Marketing Officer
(231) 924-4880 ext. 147

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