The Rochester Chapter of the NY Credit Union Association awards 11 scholarships to college-bound seniors

ALBANY, NY (August 15, 2023) — Area credit unions have a long history of awarding college scholarships for eligible high school seniors. The Rochester Chapter of the New York Credit Union Association (NYCUA) is delighted to announce that eleven area high school students were selected as recipients of 2023 scholarships from the chapter.

Applications for scholarships were accepted from mid-November 2022 through the end of February 2023.  Applicants were required to be a member in good standing of one of the participating Rochester Chapter credit unions, and be a senior in high school with plans to attend and accredited college or university for the 2023/2024 school year.

The Rochester Chapter of the NYCUA congratulates Erika Allison (Pittsford Mendon HS), Benjamin Battle (Honeoye Falls Lima HS), Giovanni Buonomo (Gates Chili High School), Ellie Casler (Honeoye Falls Lima HS), Grace Casler (Honeoye Falls Lima HS), Ryan Casler (Honeoye Falls Lima HS), Cassie Cook (Midlakes High School), Olivia Dibble (Honeoye Falls Lima HS), Sydney Heise (Hilton HS), Natalie McFadden (Geneva HS), and Emily Neenan (Victor HS) and wishes them the best as they embark on this next stage of their lives.

Winners were selected by an independent panel of judges based on three criteria: academic performance, community involvement and a written essay.

“We are honored to offer these scholarships to our members,” commented Laura Dewey, President of the Rochester Chapter of the NYCUA.   “Over the past 30 years we have come together as a chapter to raise over $210,000.”

Participating Rochester Chapter credit unions include: Advantage Federal Credit Union, Attica Wyoming Correction Employees Federal Credit Union, Brockport Federal Credit Union, Canandaigua Federal Credit Union, Cobblestone Country Federal Credit Union, District 6 Federal Credit Union, ESL Federal Credit Union, Evergreen Federal Credit Union, Family First Federal Credit Union, Finger Lakes Federal Credit Union,  Focus First Federal Credit Union, Gates Chili Federal Credit Union, Genesee Co-op Federal Credit Union, Greece Federal Credit Union, Leroy Federal Credit Union,  Lexington Avenue Federal Credit Union, Pittsford Federal Credit Union, Reliant Community Credit Union, Rochester Area State Employees Federal Credit Union, St Pius Federal Credit Union, ServU Federal Credit Union, Spencerport Federal Credit Union, The Summit Federal Credit Union, Tonawanda Federal Credit Union, Ukrainian Federal Credit Union, and Westside Community Federal Credit Union.

The scholarship is funded by the annual Rochester Credit Union Golf Tournament which takes place in June each year at Shadow Lake Golf Club in Penfield.

Applications for the 2024 scholarship will be accepted from mid-November 2023. Interested applicants should visit the website of their participating credit union for further information.

About The New York Credit Union Association

For more than 100 years, the New York Credit Union Association has served as the trade association for the state’s credit unions, which collectively hold more than $83 billion in assets and serve 5.9 million members. NYCUA strives to advance the credit union movement by advocating, educating, uniting and supporting the interests of all credit unions statewide. To learn more about NYCUA, visit To find a credit union or learn more about the credit union movement, visit


Dawn Kellogg
Public Relations and Community Engagement Specialist
The Summit Federal Credit Union
Office: (585) 453-7058  Cell: (585) 330-2363

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