This past Wednesday, May 10, 2017, ELGA Credit Union hosted their annual Scholarship Reception to announce the award recipients of the 2017 scholarship program.  In the weeks prior,  ELGA Board Members and associates poured over countless scholarship applications, filled out dozens of rubric score sheets, and met for intense discussions to select the award winners from a pool of candidates that exemplified the best of the best.   At the reception we proudly gave four high school seniors, set to attend college in the Fall of 2018, $1,000 each for the Carmen Lee Wilber Memorial Scholarship.  Additionally, we were honored to give one Giving Back Community Scholarship of $1,000 to an ELGA member who is currently attending college.

Carmen Lee Wilber Memorial Scholarship ‚Äď $1,000

The first recipient of the Carmen Lee Wilber Memorial Scholarship was Miranda Strobl.  She is a graduate of Davison High School where she was a member of the National Honors Society.  She earned her service cords after volunteering over 133 hours during her High School career.  Miranda participated in Volleyball and Softball, serving as team Captain. She earned her Varsity letter, as well Scholar Athlete All Conference. She has received many special honors and awards including High Honor Roll, Cardinal Code and the American Revolutionary Good Citizen Award. Miranda passed the National AP U.S. History exam with a 4, which earned her college credit. Her plans are to earn a degree in Nursing/Biology for Pre-Dentistry at Cedarville University. While at Cedarville she will be also be playing NCAA Softball with the Lady Jackets.

Our second recipient was Esthefanie Paredes, who is a graduate of Genesee Early College where she was a member of the National Honor Society. She has earned her OSHA/HIPPA certificate through Hurley, as well as CPR and AHA certification. She has given back to her community through volunteer efforts at her school, Applewood Estate, and the Flint Soup Kitchen. Estaphanie has also been an integral volunteer at the Genesee County Hispanic Latino Collaborative where she advocates for the Hispanic-Latino populations in Genesee County in the areas of education, cultural awareness, and social needs. She will be attending the University of Michigan-Flint to pursue a degree in the public health field as a Healthcare Administrator.

Our third recipient of the Carmen Lee Wilber Scholarship was Jacob Pittsley. He is a graduate of Flushing High School where he was a member of both the National Honor Society and the Science National Honors Society. He participated in Varsity Football serving as Captain, and also participated in Powerlifting and Track & Field.  He has earned numerous awards, notably the rank of Eagle Scout in 2015.  He is dedicated to serving his community through volunteerism at his church, Elms Elementary, and as a Boy Scouts of America troop guide, Patrol leader and Jr. Assistant Scout Master.   He will be attending Lake Superior State University where he will pursue a degree in Biology/Pre-Med seeking a career in Dentistry.


The final recipient of the Carmen Lee Wilber Scholarship was Hailey Capistrant.¬† Hailey graduated in December 2017 and is attending Mott Community College where she plans on majoring in Early Childhood Development. She is a huge advocate for the Family Literacy Center in Lapeer where she is employed,¬†and has been a true example¬†of the credit union philosophy of ‚Äúpeople helping people.‚Ä̬† Though Hailey has faced challenges in her¬†life that set her apart from most high school students, she has always rebounded with resilience and persistence to achieve her education and life goals.¬† She is a beaming example that with¬†hard work and dedication¬†you can achieve your dreams.

¬†Giving Back Community Scholarship ‚Äď $1,000

The recipient of the Giving Back Community Scholarship was Jilian Lueker.  Jillian attends Mott Community College where she is pursuing a degree in the Arts for Music Therapy.  She is in the MCC Honors Program, and a member of the elite Facing Project.  The Facing Project is a collaborative book project that has just recently been published.  Jillian has been an asset to her community through volunteerism for Toys for Tots, and at local food pantries and soup kitchens. She is a vital part of her church through participation in the praise group, and volunteering in the daycare. Beyond her school and volunteer activities, she is employed at E.M.M.A., which is a daycare in Flushing.

Although it is always extremely difficult to select just five winners from the many qualified applications received, we are extremely honored to recognize and award these amazing recipients with our 2017 scholarship opportunities.  Look for the announcement of our 2018 Scholarship Program on our website,, in the beginning of  2018.

To view the full Scholarship Reception Photo Album Click HERE.

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