MSGCU awards $62,500 in scholarships to high school students and future educators

"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." - Nelson Mandela

CLINTON TOWNSHIP, MI (May 10, 2016) — Education is an essential tool that shapes the minds of today’s students as they become tomorrow’s leaders. A college degree is an important piece of that puzzle and Michigan Schools and Government Credit Union (MSGCU) is proud to annually award scholarships to help students achieve their goals.

This year, MSGCU is pleased to award $62,500 in scholarships to 25 students from 55 schools. Each recipient will receive a one-time award of $2,500 and will be honored at a reception on Thursday, June 2.

“The accomplishments of our recipients are truly impressive,” said MSGCU President and CEO Peter Gates. “These students demonstrate high qualities of service, dedication and ambition. We are proud to help them on their educational journey.”

The Scholarship Winners

A.) The Rudolph Heino High School Scholarship was created in honor of Rudolph Heino, a long-time MSGCU Board Member who strongly upheld the “people helping people” philosophy. The scholarship is designed to help students who demonstrate an enthusiasm and commitment to learning and a clear, visionary path for their future.

The five recipients of the Rudolph Heino High School Scholarship are:

  • Luke Bottoms (Sterling Heights): Henry Ford II High School
  • Afeefah Khan (Farmington Hills): Harrison High School
  • Michael Kolakowski (Troy): Troy High School
  • Sarah Minor(New Baltimore):  Anchor Bay High School
  • Angelica Zhou (Westland): Churchill High School

B.) The Larry Swantek Educational Studies Scholarship was created in honor of Larry Swantek, a retired MSGCU Board Member who was a teacher for more than 25 years. He embraced his role as an educator and influenced thousands of students both in and out of the classroom.

The two recipients of the Larry Swantek Educational Studies Scholarship are:

  • Amanda Alexander (Lapeer): Rochester College
  • Mackenzie Wheeler (Macomb): Oakland University

C.) The Educational Solutions Scholarship focuses on the power of education and its ability to change lives for the better. Applicants are asked to share how education has impacted them and also provide a letter of recommendation from a teacher.

The 18 recipients of the Educational Solutions Scholarship are:

  • Jacob Bart (Ray):Romeo High School
  • Jacqueline Bellomo (Macomb):L’Anse Creuse North High School
  • Sarah Braez (Clinton Township): Fraser High School
  • Ashley Demick (Sterling Heights):Henry Ford II High School
  • Gina Duff (Shelby Township):Utica High School
  • Joseph Lorenzetti (Washington):Romeo High School
  • Trevor Maes (Huntington Woods):Berkley High School
  • Alexandra Nowicki (Armada):Armada High School
  • Thomas Pogasic (Macomb):Regina Caeli Academy
  • Allison Radman (Macomb):International Academy of Macomb
  • Elizabeth Rupinski (Macomb):Bishop Foley
  • Samantha Sievers (Fenton):L’Anse Creuse North High School
  • Jenna Sobocinski (St. Clair Shores): Regina High School
  • Ann Stefanich (Armada):Armada High School
  • Jack Studinski (Shelby Township):Henry Ford II High School
  • Natalie Sochoski (Shelby Township): Utica High School
  • Stacie Vaughn (Lapeer):Lapeer High School
  • Cortney York (Warren):Warren Woods Tower High School

About Michigan Schools & Government Credit Union

Founded by a small group of educators, MSGCU has been providing quality financial services to the community for more than 60 years. MSGCU offers a full range of loan, deposit, checking, credit card, mortgage, and insurance products for those that live in lower Michigan. With 14 offices in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne Counties, MSGCU has more than 125,000 members, $1.9 billion in assets, and has earned a 97% member satisfaction rating for the past ten years. MSGCU has also earned five stars, as reported by Bauer Financial, for more than 20 years, and has been honored as a Top Workplace by The Detroit Free Press five years in a row. For more information contact Emily Boulton, Marketing Communications Specialist at and 586.263.8800 ext. 571.


Emily Boulton
Marketing Communications Specialist
Michigan Schools and Government Credit Union
4555 Investment Drive
Troy, Michigan 48098
Phone (586) 263-8800, ext. 571

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