Congratulations to our 2019 Scholarship honorees!

May 1, 2019 - Michigan Schools and Government Credit Union (MSGCU) is excited to announce its 2019 Scholarship Honorees. This year, a group of 33 high school students, college students, educators, and students studying a skilled trade will receive $2,500 scholarships to further their educational journey. Founded by a small group of local educators in 1954, education has been an integral part of the fabric of MSGCU since day one.

“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 and CEO Peter Gates.

MSGCU received a record number of scholarship applications from more than 70 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 more than 300 applications, MSGCU is pleased to award scholarships to 27 students and 6 educators. Scholarship honorees attend 20 local high schools and 8 colleges. Each recipient will receive a one-time award of $2,500 and all will be honored at a private reception on Monday, June 3. Members of the MSGCU management team and Board of Directors are scheduled to participate in the celebration.

Totaling more than $100,000 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.

2019 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.

Samantha BourgeoisSamantha Bourgeois
Berkley High School
Jeswin DavidJeswin David
Detroit Catholic Central High School
Kaitlyn DeWolfeKaitlyn DeWolfe
Troy High School
Katelynn PaluchKatelynn Paluch
Utica Academy for Int'l Studies
Salena Prakah-AsanteSalena Prakah-Asante
Cranbrook 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.

Sarah BartSarah Bart
Romeo High School
Ethan BiernatEthan Biernat
L'Anse Creuse North High School
Rochelle ChezickRochelle Chezick
Siena Heights University
Paige StrunkPaige Strunk
Central Michigan University


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.

Taylor AleoTaylor Aleo
Fraser High School
Nicholas AnasonNicholas Anason
Stoney Creek High School
Zachary BerendtZachary Berendt
L'Anse Creuse North High School
Arthur Borbolla IIIArthur Borbolla III
Eisenhower High School
Noah BrejnakNoah Brejnak
Algonac High School
Erin CookErin Cook
Eisenhower High School
Isabella FerrantiIsabella Ferranti
Richmond High School
Ryan HuizdosRyan Huizdos
Grosse Pointe North High School
Nicholas JasionNicholas Jasion
Lutheran High School North
Pamella KraemerPamella Kraemer
Eisenhower High School
Andre LaRocheAndre LaRoche
Oxford High School
Ginamarie LesterGinamarie Lester
Troy Athens High School
Agnes MathewAgnes Mathew
Stevenson High School
Alexis McGuireAlexis McGuire
Oxford High School
Kaitlyn PotterKaitlyn Potter
Int’l Academy Bloomfield Hills High School
Samantha RadmanSamantha Radman
Int’l Academy Macomb High School
Emily SchoeningEmily Schoening
Marine City High School
Hannah ScopasHannah Scopas
Utica Academy for Int'l Studies


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

Georgina FoakesGeorgina Foakes
Michigan State University
LaShawn McBrideLaShawn McBride
Central Michigan University
Darrel ShepherdDarrel Shepherd
Eastern Michigan University
Daniel WalkenhorstDaniel Walkenhorst
Academic College of Education


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.

Byran McMahonByran McMahon
Northwestern Technological Institute
Maxwell SmithMaxwell Smith
Oakland Community College

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

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