PDCU announces college scholarship award winners

Credit union awards $14,000 during annual essay contest

WARREN, MI (August 21, 2019) — Ten students received a financial boost toward their post-secondary education pursuits as People Driven Credit Union announced the winners of its 29th annual College Scholarship Essay Contest.

The credit union received 59 entries in this year’s contest, where $14,000 in scholarship funds were awarded. A panel of four judges reviewed the submissions based on this year’s essay topic, which was: “Write a message to yourself on the day before your first day as a high school freshman. What advice would you give yourself? And what question would you ask the future you on the day after your college graduation?”

This year’s College Scholarship Essay Contest winners were:

  • $2,000 Margaret O. Patterson-Bailey Scholarship
    • Morgan Stacey of Commerce Township, a post-graduate student at Aurora University
  • $2,000 Rose Hubbard Memorial Scholarship
    • William Bostick of St. Clair, a junior at the University of Michigan
  • $1,500 Scholarships
    •  Azaria Jack of Southfield, a freshman at Xavier University
    • Tariq Topey of Detroit, a freshman at Grand Valley State University
    • Siobhan M. Haggerty of Detroit, a freshman at Carthage College
    • Madison Hicks, a sophomore at Grand Valley State University
  • $1,000 Scholarships
    • Marissa M. Dull of Kimball, a freshman at the University of Toledo
    • Nicole Sarkisian of Sterling Heights, a senior at Michigan State University
    • DaKyla Cannady of Southfield, a freshman at Eastern Michigan University
    • Allison Saff of Southgate, a sophomore at Adrian College

“The advice and insight these students provided in their essays were creative and inspiring,” said PDCU President and CEO Renee DeMarco. “People Driven Credit Union is proud to offer our College Scholarship Essay Contest and thanks all the students who submitted entries. We also want to congratulate our scholarship winners and wish them the best in their educational endeavors.”

Students between the ages of 17 and 25 who are primary members on PDCU accounts and are planning to attend college during the 2019-2020 school year were eligible to participate in the essay contest. This year’s grant brought the total in scholarships awarded to PDCU members to more than $327,000 since its inception in 1991.

About People Driven Credit Union

People Driven Credit Union has been helping members and their families with money management since 1928 when it was founded as the Detroit Federal Employees Credit Union. Serving over 25,000 valued members across Genesee, Lapeer, Livingston, Macomb, Oakland, St. Clair, Washtenaw and Wayne counties, PDCU offers an appealing array of low-cost financial services and premier stakes in ownership. To learn more, visit


Renee DeMarco
President and CEO
People Driven Credit Union

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