Credit union news from Forbes, First Community & Skyward 

Published 7.13.21

Seven Missouri and Kansas credit unions made the Forbes list of America’s Best-In-State Credit Unions 2021. First Community makes the Best-In-State list, plus was recognized for several other awards. Skyward Credit Union announced 12 recipients of the Aim Higher Scholarships for the 2021-2022 school year.

7 HCUA members rank on Forbes' best-in-state list

We saw seven HCUA-member credit unions make the Forbes list of America’s Best-In-State Credit Unions 2021:

  • CommunityAmerica Credit Union (Kansas and Missouri)
  • First Community Credit Union (Missouri)
  • Infuze Credit Union (Missouri)
  • Mainstreet Credit Union (Kansas)
  • Meritrust Credit Union (Kansas)
  • Neighbors Credit Union (Missouri)
  • Vantage Credit Union (Missouri)

 This prestigious award is presented by Forbes and Statista Inc., the world-leading statistics portal and industry ranking provider. 

Forbes and Statista identified America’s Best-In-State Credit Unions 2021 based on an independent survey of approximately 25,000 US consumers who were asked to rate credit unions at which they have or previously have had checking accounts. Participants made recommendations regarding overall satisfaction; they also assessed banks in the following areas: trust, terms & conditions, branch services, digital services, customer service, and financial advice.

First Community wins additional awards

The past year has proven to be a successful one for First Community as they were also selected for St. Louis Magazine’s A List Awards for “Top Mortgage Provider” as well as one of the St. Louis Business Journal’s “Top 10 Largest Mortgage Lenders” in the region. First Community was also awarded one of the Best Places to work in the St. Louis Post Dispatch, which is voted upon by its employees. 

“We know this past year people had to make hard choices with their finances, so we are so honored to still be one of the top financial institutions in the region.  With almost 90 years of experience, we believe we have always provided excellent member service, and we will continue to uphold our end of the bargain when it comes to superior service and top products.” said Glenn D. Barks, president and CEO.

Skyward Credit Union announces 12 scholarship winners

Skyward Credit Union announced the recipients of the Aim Higher Scholarships for the 2021-2022 school year. Each recipient received $1,000 to go towards their education.

Twelve undergraduate applicants were selected by a committee from a large pool of applications:

  • Katie Bennett, studying Nursing at Wichita State University
  • Brooke Bradford, studying Business at the University of Kansas
  • Landon Cooper, studying Architecture at Kansas State University
  • Jenna Fiscus, studying Marketing at Asbury University
  • Allena Kates, studying Nursing at Wichita State University
  • Krystyna Kukhareva, studying International Business at Wichita State University
  • Spencer Maley, studying Computer Science at Butler Community College
  • Annabelle McLaughlin, studying Culinary Arts at the Culinary Institute of America
  • Rylie Noland, studying Animal Science and Biotechnology at Kansas State University
  • Rebekah Reed, studying Graphic Design at Fort Hays State University
  • Aria Sheldon, studying Engineering at the University of Kansas
  • Emma Stithem, studying Accounting and Finance at Wichita State University

The Aim Higher Scholarship was developed to encourage and support higher education for members of Skyward Credit Union. Thanks to a community grant from the Heartland Credit Union Charitable Foundation, the number of recipients was increased to 12. Applicants were anonymously selected based on community involvement and an essay regarding financial education.

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