New York Credit Union Association Announces Scholarship Awards

New York Credit Unions Will Provide Approximately $225,000 in Scholarships to High School Seniors This Year

ALBANY, NY (May 15, 2013) The Credit Union Association of New York (CUANY) today announced that 37 high school seniors from across the state have been awarded college scholarships as part of its statewide scholarship program. 12 students will be award $1,000 scholarships and 25 will receive a $500 award. According to CUANY estimates, individual credit unions across New York will award more than $200,000 in scholarships to students this year.

The students, who are all credit union members, were chosen based on academic performance, honors and awards, extracurricular activities, community activities, leadership roles, and an essay. In addition, the award recipients must be high school seniors planning on enrolling in either a two or four year college.

“These are all incredibly hardworking individuals and we are excited to have an opportunity to help fulfill their dreams of pursuing a college education,” said William Mellin, President/CEO of CUANY. “This truly represents the ‘people helping people’ philosophy of credit unions and how important it is to help our local communities succeed.”

Overall, 94 credit unions across New York State participated in the program and nearly 1,400 applications were received.

Statewide winners, who were awarded a total of $24,500, include:

  • Delaney Cassidy, Nassau Financial FCU, $1000
  • John Cole Jr., CORE FCU, $1000
  • Hannah C. King, GPO FCU, $1000
  • Michael Park, Hudson Valley FCU, $1000
  • Emily M. Pieper, SEFCU, $1000
  • Chelsea M. Powell, Empower FCU, $1000
  • Anna Prigl, Bethpage FCU, $1000
  • Kirsten Scherrer, Niagara’s Choice FCU, $1000
  • Stefani Schmitz, SEFCU, $1000
  • Hannah Sun Liv, SEFCU, $1000
  • Benjamin A. Reynolds, Northern FCU, $1000
  • Lauren Wager, Cornerstone Community FCU, $1000
  • Michael Arato, Bethpage FCU, $500
  • Lindsey Brown, Niagara’s Choice FCU, $500
  • Katrina Clark, Teachers FCU, $500
  • Matthew De Santis, SEFCU, $500
  • Adam Forti, SEFCU, $500
  • Kristin Grohol, Inner Lakes FCU, $500
  • Mary E. Haedrich, North Shore LIJ Health System FCU, $500
  • Hunter Holland, Teachers FCU, $500
  • Haewon Hwang, SEFCU, $500
  • Alexander Klosner, GPO FCU, $500
  • Lauren Lopatka, Quorum FCU, $500
  • Sujith R. Maracheril, Triboro Postal FCU, $500
  • Meghan Menz, Cornerstone Community FCU, $500
  • Emma V. Mucilli, Visions FCU, $500
  • Natsuko Sato, Hudson Valley FCU, $500
  • Tambria Schroeder, Sidney FCU, $500
  • Emily Schultes, Northern FCU, $500
  • Carmella T. Seely, Sidney FCU, $500
  • Tyler Shelepak, Visions FCU, $500
  • Sarah E. Stranieri, Bethpage FCU, $500
  • Matthew Terwilliger, SEFCU, $500
  • Marisa Valent, Visions FCU, $500
  • Emily R. Waligurski, Mid-Hudson Valley FCU, $500
  • Mark White, Sidney FCU, $500
  • Adrian Wierzchowski, Polish & Slavic FCU, $500

The Credit Union Association of New York has served as the trade association for the state’s credit unions for 95 years. New York credit unions have assets of more than $62 billion and serve 4.8 million members. To learn more about the Association, visit To find a credit union or learn more about the credit union movement, visit

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