South Florida Educational Federal Credit Union awards $197,000 in scholarships to fifteen local students

MIAMI, FL (May 29, 2014) — South Florida Educational Federal Credit Union (FCU) is helping 15 college-bound students from several South Florida high schools fund their higher education.  The Credit Union’s scholarship winners, who received a collective $197,000, were announced during its 19th Annual Hubert O. Sibley Scholarship Ceremony on May 22.

“We take pride in helping these students fulfill their educational goals, said Michael DiBenedetto, President and CEO.  It’s a great feeling to be able to help fund their college efforts.”

The Hubert O. Sibley Scholarship program was established in 1995.  Since then, the program has recognized 278 students, and awarded a total of $3 million in scholarships.  Each of the 15 recipients received a full tuition scholarship covering the cost at any of Florida’s 11 state universities through the Florida Prepaid University Plan. The scholarship prepays tuition and fees for 120 undergraduate semester credit hours.

2014 South Florida Educational Federal Credit Union Scholarship Recipients:


Maegan Brody Coral Reef Senior High
Hillary Fernandez Miami Killian Senior High
Meaghan Kelly College Academy at Broward College
Karen Macy Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial High School
Nychel Marshall Coral Reef Senior High
Candida Pouchie Miami Jackson Senior High
Daniel Puente Pembroke Pines Charter High School
Brian Ramos Christopher Columbus High School
Emelly Rincon Southwest Miami Senior High
Jose Rijo School for Advanced Studies Wolfson Campus
Rachel Robaina Miami Coral Park Senior High
Ajah Taylor William H. Turner Technical High School
Allan Turcios-Gonzalez Felix Varela Senior High School
Diamon Valentine Homestead Senior High
Courtney Wilkison Cooper City High School



To be eligible for South Florida Educational FCU’s Hubert O. Sibley Tuition Scholarship, high school seniors or their parent/legal guardian must have had a Credit Union account for at least one year prior to the scholarship application deadline.  For more information on South Florida Educational FCU’s programs, call 305-270-6633 or email

South Florida Educational Federal Credit Union is the largest Credit Union headquartered in Miami-Dade County and serves educators, students and the families of Miami-Dade County Public Schools and Miami Dade College. South Florida Educational FCU is committed to increasing educational opportunities for students in Miami Dade County. Please visit for more information.

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