Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union awards $20,000 in college scholarships

LOWELL, MA (June 1, 2023) — Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union awarded $20,000 in college scholarships to members through their MoneyStrong and Employee College Scholarship Programs. Each year, Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union offers scholarships to incoming college freshmen and current college students attending an accredited two or four-year college.

Applicants for the 23rd Annual MoneyStrong College Scholarship Program were presented with the prompt: “Credit is borrowed money that you can use to purchase goods and services when you need them. Why credit is important, and how can a good credit score can help you achieve your goals.” This year, the Credit Union received more than ninety applications and granted twenty-five scholarships to students. Among the recipients, eighteen are high school seniors preparing for their freshman year of college, six are current college students attending various colleges throughout the area, and the Credit Union awarded its first scholarship to an MBA student.

Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union’s commitment to its employees is evident through their Employee Scholarship Program. Jeanne D’Arc employees, as well as their eligible children or grandchildren, have the opportunity to receive up to a $1,000 scholarship. Four scholarships were available, three of which commemorate former Jeanne D’Arc employees and board members, while the fourth emphasizes the importance of volunteerism. A total of $4,000 was awarded to the four recipients.

In addition to its own scholarship programs, Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union had the privilege of nominating three candidates for the Cooperative Credit Union Association (CCUA) Scholarship. Among the submissions, Meghan Boucher, from North Middlesex Regional High School, was chosen as the recipient of the $1,500 scholarship for the Tri-County North Chapter. This marks the second consecutive year that a Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union member has received this honor.

“When I hear about the accomplishments of these young leaders, I am always so impressed by their drive to succeed and compassion for others,” said Mark S. Cochran, President and Chief Executive Officer of Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union. “We are proud to support this next generation of leaders.”

A special reception was held on Thursday, May 25, at Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union’s Headquarters to honor and celebrate the scholarship recipients. The Credit Union takes great pride in supporting these deserving individuals on their educational journeys.

The MoneyStrong Scholarship Winners include:

Kenneth Chap from Lowell High School, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Thomas Zawisza from Dracut High School, University of Massachusetts Lowell; Jaysen Quan from Nashua High School South, Dartmouth College; Mariah Lloyd from Pelham High School, Rivier University; Michael Snyer from Hermon High School, Maine Maritime Academy; Anisha Thapa from Dracut Senior High School, University of Massachusetts Amherst; Meghan Boucher from North Middlesex Regional, Emerson College; Likhita Thiriveedi from Nashua High School South, The College of New Jersey; Matthew Levasseur from Innovation Academy Charter School, University of Massachusetts Lowell; Brynn Pinkes from Wachusett Regional High School, Quinnipiac University; Carolyn Byrne from Nashua High School South, AMDA College Of Performing Arts; Alani Perez from Dracut High School, Middlesex Community College; Joseph Wilkie from Dracut High School, Merrimack College; Corinne Kelly from Pelham High School, Regis College; Emily Fugazzotto from Tyngsborough High School, Emmanuel College; Henry Musa from Nashua High School South; Jayden Valkavitch from Nashoba Valley Technical High School, Fitchburg State University; Reily Tighe from Nashoba Valley Technical High School, University of New Hampshire; Bridget Sheehan, Saint Anselm College; Donna Ly, University of Massachusetts Lowell; Elizabeth Huggins, University Of New England; Madison Curran, Rivier University; Patricia Clark, Franklin Pierce University; Tristan Correia, Fairfield University; Patrick McKenna, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI);

The Employee College Scholarship winners include:

Timothy Nguyen, University of Massachusetts Lowell; Devin Desmarais, Rivier University; Riley Doyle, Syracuse University; Dylan Desmarais, Rivier University

Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union’s winner for the Cooperative Credit Union Association (CCUA) Scholarship and MoneyStrong Scholarship Winner, Meghan Boucher, left, with Catherine Casey, right, AVP – Financial Wellness. 2023

Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union MoneyStrong winners gather with Mark S. Cochran, left, President and Chief Executive Officer, at an awards reception on May 25, 2023

Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union Employee Scholarship winners gather with Mark S. Cochran, left, President and Chief Executive Officer, at an awards reception on May 25, 2023
(Pictured Left to right, Mark S. Cochran, Devin Desmarais, Timothy Nguyen. Not pictured, Dylan Desmarais and Riley Doyle)

About Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union

Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union was established in 1912 and is a full-service, community-based financial cooperative. Locally owned by 100,000 members with $2.1 billion in assets, Jeanne D’Arc operates eight full-service branches in Lowell, Dracut (2), Tyngsboro, Chelmsford, Methuen, and Westford, Massachusetts, and Nashua, New Hampshire; high-school branches at Lowell High, Dracut High, and Nashua High School South; a loan center in Lowell; and a mortgage center in Chelmsford. Follow Jeanne D’Arc on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn.


Sharon Simpson,
(240) 620-4095 or

More News