Extra Credit Union Awards $6,000 in Scholarships to High School Graduates
Seven local high school graduates will get a bit of a head start on their college tuition payments this fall thanks to a scholarship from Extra Credit Union.
The financial institution recently announced the winners of its Richard J. Spence Scholarship Program, with a surprise visit from members of Extra Credit Union’s marketing team bearing a lawn sign and large check.
Seven winners were chosen this year, up from the credit union's usual five, totaling $6,000 in awards.
“We know that this year was tough for a lot of seniors who missed out on a lot of their traditional rites of passage the last few months of school,” said Ruthann Varosi, marketing manager at Extra Credit Union. “We wanted to spread a little extra joy to the Class of 2020 by awarding some extra college funds to help them kickstart their post-high school education.”
Extra Credit Union’s Richard J. Spence Scholarship Program has been awarding students with additional college funding since 2005 in honor of the financial institution’s former president/CEO.
Congratulations to the 2019-20 winners:
- Luke Kaferle: $2,000, Warren Woods Tower High School, will be attending University of Michigan Dearborn for Engineering
- Brooke Hines: $1,000, Berkley High School, will be attending Grand Valley State University for pre-dental
- Kiara Dunklin: $1,000, Fitzgerald High School, will be attending Macomb Community College for Business Administration
- Catharine Carlson: $500, Stevenson High School, will be attending Kettering University for Electrical Engineering
- Ethan Winiarski: $500, Lakeview High School, will be attending Grand Valley State University studying Exercise Science on a path to Physical Therapy
- Emma LaMothe: $500, Henry Ford II High School, will be attending Grand Valley State University studying Exercise Science on a path to Physical Therapy
- Ryan Laurain: $500, Eisenhower High School, will be attending Lawrence Technological University for Architecture