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1st Financial Federal Announces 2014 Scholarship Winners

On April 22, 1st Financial Federal Credit Union (Wentzville) was honored to award the winners of the 2014 Horizon and Right Stuff Scholarships at their annual meeting.

1st Financial Federal Credit Union awards two scholarships annually to high school and college students with the purpose of stimulating financial literacy, promoting the advantages of banking with a credit union, and encouraging the community to shape their future through higher education.

Since 1996, 1st Financial has been presenting the $1,000 Horizon Scholarship to one graduating high school senior with a record of community service, emphasis on extracurricular activities and proven focus on education.

Lauren Christensen, of Francis Howell High School, received the 2014 1st Financial Horizon Scholarship. She plans on majoring in marketing at the University of Houston.

“I’m honored to have been chosen as the recipient of the Horizon Scholarship,” says Christensen. “It will help a great deal in paying for my education at the university.”

In addition to her academic history and community involvement, Lauren was chosen because of her essay on why credit unions are the better choice for consumers. In her essay, Lauren wrote, “Credit unions charge lower fees and offer services to educate their members on how to reduce fees and manage their money. Seminars on financing cars, homes, college education as well as dealing with major changes in life that affect the member are offered throughout the year to assist the member with these major money decisions. The goal of the credit union is to assist its members in financial decisions, not to cost them more money and make a profit.”

The $1,000 Right Stuff Scholarship is awarded to a member, between the ages of 19-24, who is currently enrolled in a college or university.

Melanie Moore, a former Horizon Scholarship winner, was awarded this year’s Right Stuff Scholarship. She was chosen because of her continuous involvement within the community, her academic record, and her essay on the impact between credit unions and the United States economy.

Moore is currently attending Missouri University of Science and Technology studying Ceramic Engineering. Melanie was unable to attend the Annual Meeting.

Caption: Michelle Rosner (right), vice president of Sales and Marketing for 1st Financial Federal Credit Union, presents Lauren Christensen with her scholarship.