MSGCU awards scholarships to high school students and future educators

CLINTON TOWNSHIP, MI (June 5, 2015) —  As a Credit Union founded by educators, Michigan Schools and Government Credit Union (MSGCU) is proud to support education by awarding nearly $100,000 in college scholarships on an annual basis. MSGCU hosted 28 scholarship honorees and special guests at a reception held at the Macomb Intermediate School District on June 2, with each student receiving a one-time award averaging $2,500.

“The accomplishments of our winners are truly impressive,” said MSGCU President and CEO Peter Gates. “These students demonstrate qualities of community service, dedication and people helping people — and truly represent the character and achievements that are the intention of these awards.  We are proud to help them continue their educational journey.”

Scholarship Recipients

The recipients of the Rudolph Heino High School Scholarship are:

  • Trevor Coval (Troy): Troy 
  • Breana Knust(Richmond): Armada 
  • Marissa Nichols (Warren): Paul K. Cousino 
  • Anthony Tucci-Berube (Bloomfield Hills): Bloomfield Hills
  • Megan Zablocki(Macomb): Henry Ford II 

The recipients of the Larry Swantek Educational Studies Scholarship are:

  • Katelyn Polhemus (Macomb Township):  Central Michigan University
  • Tiffany Smirtnik(Lake Orion):  Central Michigan University

The recipients of the Educator Advantage Scholarship are:

  • Gary Abud, Jr. (Grosse Pointe Woods):  Michigan Virtual University
  • Thomas Torrento(Ferndale):  Sam Houston State University

The recipients of the Educational Solutions Scholarship are:

  • Kaileen Bauer (Chesterfield Township): L’Anse Creuse North
  • Erin Bookout (Clinton Township): Chippewa Valley
  • Cameron Campana (Clawson): Clawson
  • Jian (Zane) Zhi Chen (Madison Heights): Lamphere
  • Megan Falk (Troy): Troy
  • Tony Fantuzzi Jr. (Clawson): Clawson
  • Emily Ferrera (St. Clair Shores): South Lake
  • Shannon Huneau (Sterling Heights): Utica Academy of International Studies
  • Caroline Jankowski (St. Clair Shores): Lake Shore
  • Namir Khalasawi (Ferndale): Ferndale
  • Keegan Laporte (Clinton Township): Fraser
  • Lori McPhee (Centerline): Center Line
  • Maria Miglio (Chesterfield Township): International Academy of Macomb
  • Allison Parski (Chesterfield Township): L’Anse Creuse North
  • Taylor Pawlusiak (St. Clair Shores): South Lake
  • Tarcie Watkins (Southfield): Southfield
  • Morgan Wrubel (Macomb Township): Eisenhower
  • Ellen Yang (Troy): Troy
  • Carly Zebelian  (Richmond): Armada

About the Scholarship Programs

The Rudolph Heino High School Scholarship is named for 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 Larry Swantek Educational Studies Scholarship is named for Larry Swantek, a recently 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 Educator Advantage Scholarship was established in 2015 in honor of MSGCU’s 60th anniversary. This award is designed for teachers and administrators continuing their education.

The Educational Solutions Scholarship is another new program for 2015. This award is for students who demonstrate academic achievement, active community involvement and have a strong vision for the value of college education.

About Michigan Schools and Government Credit Union 

Recently named Outstanding Credit Union of the Year (2015), MSGCU has been providing quality financial services to the community for more than 60 years.  Founded by a small group of educators, MSGCU offers a full range of loan, savings and checking, credit card, mortgage and insurance products for consumers and businesses. With 11 offices in Macomb and Oakland Counties, MSGCU has more than 100,000 members, $1.5 billion in assets and has earned 97% member satisfaction ratings for the past ten years. MSGCU has also earned five stars, as reported by BauerFInancial, for more than 20 years.

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