Marine Credit Union awards 10 scholarships to midwest students

Scholarship recipients include incoming and current post-secondary students enrolled at various colleges, universities and technical colleges

LA CROSSE, WI (June 20, 2019) — Marine Credit Union (MCU) continued its mission of making a positive difference in people’s lives by awarding 10 scholarships to high school seniors and current college students.

2019 MCU scholarship recipients include:

Member Scholarships – $1000; Given to an MCU member or family member

1. Autumn Bell – Dodgeville, WI; University of Wisconsin – Madison
2. Bobbi Burgess – Cadott, WI; University of Wisconsin – Madison
3. Kyleigh Collins-Krueger – Ripon, WI; University of Wisconsin – Madison
4. Alethia Knutson – La Crosse, WI; Western Technical College
5. Nina Kudimova – La Crosse, WI; Luther College
6. Rylee Petit – Appleton, WI; Winona State University
7. Alexia Stumpf – Des Moines, IA; Iowa State University
8. Lillian Wagner – Milwaukee, WI; University of Pennsylvania

Employee Scholarship – $1000; Given to a current MCU employee or family member

1. Stephanie Bednar – Green Bay, WI; University of Wisconsin – Fond du Lac

Ranger Scholarship – $1000; Given to a current La Crosse Logan High School attendee and member of
the in-school branch of Ranger (Marine) Credit Union

1. Tanner Boge – La Crosse, WI; Mankato State University

In addition to the 10 MCU scholarships, the Marine Credit Union Foundation also partners with the La Crosse Tribune newspaper to sponsor an additional $1000 scholarship through the Tribune’s Extra Effort A+ Achiever scholarship program, bringing the organization’s spring scholarship award total to $11,000.

“We’re very proud of the scholarship programs here at Marine Credit Union,” said scholarship program coordinator Robert Richardson. “Through the scholarships, we directly see our impact on members in our service areas. We receive thank you notes from recipients explaining how the scholarship helps reduce their financial burden, allowing them to concentrate on school and perhaps minimizing the time they need to spend at a part-time job or work study. That’s important, because we genuinely want to help them succeed. If an MCU scholarship gives them more time for studying and less stress about finances, that’s a good thing.”

The Marine Credit Union scholarship program began more than 20 years, with its reach and impact growing as MCU has grown. Over $100,000 in scholarships have reached students in the MCU footprint.

Applications for the 2020 scholarship program will open in November 2019. Applications are reviewed by an independent committee comprised of non-staff members representing a variety of Marine’s districts.

About Marine Credit Union

Marine Credit Union is a full-service, member-owned financial cooperative serving more than 78,000 members across Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota and Illinois. Headquartered in La Crosse, Wisconsin, Marine employs more than 400 people, operates 20 locations and holds over $1 billion in assets. Guided by its mission, “to advance the lives of people from a place of financial need to a life of ownership and giving back in our communities,” Marine looks at its members’ individual finances less as a number and more as a journey. The Marine Credit Union Foundation has donated more than $1.3 million to over 950 charitable causes since 2014. Marine earned Great Place to Work™ Certification in 2022 and Juntos Avanzamos designation in 2017 for its commitment to the Hispanic community. For more information, go to


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