Vermont Federal Credit Union Awards $8,000 in Educational Scholarships

BURLINGTON, VT (July 22, 2013) — Vermont Federal Credit Union is excited to provide four, $2,000 scholarships in 2013.  Recipients include; Melissa Christie, Patrick Kane, Katherine Siner, and Aleksandra Zahrzewska.

Melissa Christie is currently pursuing her second Bachelor’s degree in Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania.  Melissa has been involved in research for a variety of organizations including; Voices for Vermont Children, Vermont Head Start Association, and the National Center for Children in Poverty at Columbia University.

Patrick Kane is a 2013 graduate of Missisquoi Valley Union High School in Swanton, Vermont.  Patrick was involved in the school’s Student Council all four years of high school, serving as Executive Vice President his senior year.  Patrick also participated in Model United Nations, Athletic Leadership Committee, American Legion Green Mountain Boys State and Governors Institute.  This fall, Patrick will be studying International Affairs at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

Katherine Siner is currently attending and training to become a Registered Nurse at Vermont Technical College.  Katherine is a member of the Waterbury Volunteer Ambulance Service, Waterbury Backcountry Rescue Team and a National Volunteer Ski Patroller.  Katherine has volunteered on the University of Montana Climate Change Action Committee and as a program educator in Ecological Agriculture Society.  Katherine is a graduate of St. Johnsbury Academy.

Aleksandra Zahrzewska is a recent graduate from South Burlington High School and has been accepted to Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut where she will study Biology in the fall.  Aleksandra volunteered and organized a local book drive to benefit tornado victims in Alabama, was a middle school tutor aiding in math, and was a member of South Burlington High School’s Coalition for Community Service.  This year, Aleksandra was one of four women chosen to represent the U.S. in the Youth and Junior World Biathlon Championship in Australia.

Recipients were selected by a volunteer Scholarship Committee and were chosen based on academic achievement, leadership activities, service to community, as well as answers to an essay question.  Vermont Federal Credit Union would like to congratulate all scholarship recipients and wish them all the best in their future endeavors.

Vermont Federal is a $392 million plus financial institution, with seven locations currently serving over 36,000 members. Members are part of a cooperative, meaning that they share ownership in the credit union and elect a volunteer board of directors. Vermont Federal Credit Union provides membership to anyone who lives, works, worships or attends school in Chittenden, Grand Isle, Lamoille, Franklin, Washington, or Addison Counties in Vermont.

Vermont Federal Credit Union is committed to providing support to the communities that it serves and to make a decided difference in the lives of its members and other Vermonters.  For more information about Vermont Federal Credit Union, call 802-888 252-0202, visit, or find us on Facebook.

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