Congratulations to our 2020 Scholarship honorees!

May 1, 2020 - Michigan Schools and Government Credit Union (MSGCU) is excited to announce its 2020 Scholarship Honorees. This year, a group of 33 high school students, college students, educators, and students studying a skilled trade will each receive a $2,500 scholarship to further their educational journey.

“As a credit union humbly rooted in education and service, it is our honor to promote valuable lifelong learning among aspiring college students and dedicated educators,” said MSGCU President/CEO Peter Gates.

MSGCU received a record number of scholarship applications from more than 95 high schools as well as other academic institutions in Michigan. The caliber of the applicants and their accomplishments was inspiring.

After careful review and consideration of 400 applications, MSGCU is pleased to award scholarships to 27 students and 6 educators. Scholarship honorees attend 17 local high schools and 7 colleges.

Totaling $106,500 in awards for students, educators and first responders, the scholarship program is just one way MSGCU shows its commitment to education. Additionally, MSGCU is proud to provide more than $45,000 in classroom grants for local teachers, donate time and resources to local non-profits making a difference in the community, and provide free educational programs to local schools.

2020 Scholarship Recipients


The Rudolph Heino High School Scholarship was created in honor of Rudolph Heino, a long-time MSGCU Board Member who strongly upheld the “people helping people” philosophy. The scholarship recognizes high school seniors committed to inspiring others through service and leadership.

Bhavini AgrawalBhavini Agrawal
Troy Athens High School
Riana CuretonRiana Cureton
Dakota High School
Jerry JuratliJerry Juratli
Groves High School
Raeleen SobetskiRaeleen Sobetski
Utica High School


The Larry Swantek Educational Studies Scholarship was created in honor of Larry Swantek, a retired MSGCU Board Member and an educator of more than 25 years. He embraced his role as an educator and influenced thousands of students both in and out of the classroom. The scholarship recognizes high school seniors and current college students committed to pursuing the field of Education as a career.

Morgan CarolanMorgan Carolan
Stoney Creek High School
Madeline OlesMadeline Oles
Central Michigan University
Emily StefanichEmily Stefanich
Central Michigan University
Emma ZagaiskiEmma Zagaiski
Armada High School


The Educational Solutions Scholarship is designed for high school seniors planning to attend a two- or four-year college or university. The scholarship helps offset the cost of earning a degree while celebrating higher education’s ability to change lives for the better.

Justin BabbittJustin Babbitt
Fraser High School
Tarron CarterTarron Carter
Southfield Christian High School
Kaylee ChanKaylee Chan
Utica Academy for International Studies
Aicha ChehmaniAicha Chehmani
Detroit Country Day School High School
Amanda JeffersAmanda Jeffers
Chippewa Valley High School
Cameron JajonieCameron Jajonie
International Academy Bloomfield Hills High School
Walter KearneyWalter Kearney
Cass Technical High School
Nathaniel LaysonNathaniel Layson
Utica Academy for International Studies
Patrick MackezykPatrick Mackezyk
Chippewa Valley High School
Jacey NeedhamJacey Needham
Royal Oak High School
Ashley NewellAshley Newell
Dakota High School
Aarushi ParmarAarushi Parmar
International Academy Bloomfield Hills High School
Julia PlotkowskiJulia Plotkowski
Chippewa Valley High School
Cameron SmaleCameron Smale
Utica High School
Rachel StitelerRachel Stiteler
Southfield Christian High School
Meghan VanDammeMeghan VanDamme
Roseville High School
Scott WarrowAaron Warrow
Berkley High School
Devin WoodruffDevin Woodruff
Groves High School


The Educator Advantage Scholarship is designed for educators and administrators to help cover the costs of continuing education while honoring a commitment to advancing our educators' skills.

Mike AlloreMike Allore
Andrews University
Michelle CuretonMichelle Cureton
Wayne State University
Rachel DistelrathRachel Distelrath
Eastern Michigan University
Kate HojnackiKate Hojnacki
Western Michigan University


The William Cayen Skilled Trades Scholarship honors longtime MSGCU Board Member Dr. William Cayen. Known for his passion of helping students during his time as an educator, the scholarship benefits students pursuing a career in skilled trades.

Trevonne BeachamTrevonne Beacham
Oakland Community College
Dante LaRoccaDante LaRocca
Macomb Community College

Please visit www.msgcuscholarships.org for more information on the MSGCU scholarship program.

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