On Wednesday, May 9, 2018, ELGA Credit Union hosted their annual Scholarship Reception to announce the award recipients of the 2018 scholarship program.  In the weeks prior ELGA Board Members and associates eagerly read through countless scholarship applications, filled out dozens of rubric score sheets, and met for intense discussions to select the scholarship 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 2019, $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 – $1,000

The first recipient of the Carmen Lee Wilber Memorial Scholarship was Mariah Parker. She is a graduate of Carman-Ainsworth High School where she was in the top 50 students in her class. Mariah was a member of the National Honors Society, served on student council as a class representative, and participated in track and field distance running. Mariah also participated in various community service projects such as the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Carriage Town Ministries, and as an active member of Victorious Word Church where she is part of the Step & Mime Dance Ministry Team. She was a M.I.T.E.S. (Michigan Industrial and Technology Education Society) competitor where she earned a honorable mention. Mariah is also a member of the Skills USA Team which has broadened her skills in computer & technology literacy, safety & health, service, and the importance of professional development. She earned 3rd place in regional completion while participating on the Skills USA Team. Mariah plans to earn a degree in Graphic Design and Business while attending the University of Michigan.

Our second recipient was Clayton Kidder, who is a graduate of Davison High School where he was the Salutatorian of his class with an impressive SAT score of 1350. He is a member of the National Honor Society, served as the class President since 2016, been on the High Honor Roll since 2014, named an AP scholar in 2017, and has earned the Cardinal pin as well as the Presidential award. Some of Clayton’s extra-curricular activities include: basketball, football, and baseball in which he has earned certificates in each of them. Clayton is a member of the Science Olympiad team, which earned the title of regional champs. He has earned 5th Place in the Genesee County Science Fair and earned the title of District Champions as a member of the DECA team. Clayton earned his service cord giving back to his community through volunteer efforts tutoring students in math and helping at Hahn Middle School’s Family Night. Additionally, he has cleaned and maintained the youth baseball fields as well as served as a mentor to youth as a coach for the Little League Program. He assisted in putting together the Mr. Davison Program, Project Rake-Up, and the Davison Homecoming Parade. Clayton will be attending the University of Michigan to pursue a degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Our third recipient of the Carmen Lee Wilber Scholarship was Eric Vandififer, who is a graduate of Hill-McCloy High School. Eric participated in Varsity Cross Country earning Honorable Mention as well as 2nd Team All-League Honors; Varsity Basketball earning Honorable Mention All-League Honors; Varsity Golf earning both 1st and 2nd Team All-League Honors, and served as the Team Captain of all these activities. Eric is a member of MDM-TV.com (Montrose Digital Media TV) as a Sports Director and Sports Public Address Announcer. This work has earned him the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Top Announcing Duo in both 2017 and 2018, the Michigan Interscholastic Press Association Top Announcer, and The National Federation of High Schools Network Top Announcer titles. Dedicated to serving his community, Eric volunteers at his church and actively participates in the Lamb of God Fellowship Worship Team and Youth Group. He has also been an active mentor in coaching youth basketball and using his announcing skills at youth wrestling tournaments and youth football games. The MHSAA (Michigan High School Athletic Association has even hired Eric as a post season announcer. Eric will be attending Central Michigan University where he will pursue a degree in Sports Broadcasting.

Our fourth recipient was Andrew Scheider, and he graduated from Lapeer High School.¬†¬† Maintaining perfect attendance since 9th grade and High Honors since 2014, Andrew was also a member of the National Honors Society since 2016 volunteering at soup kitchens, the Salvation Army as a red kettle ringer, and tutored students in calculus and physics. He was a member of the First Robotics FLL ‚Äď a lego robotics mentor program for elementary schools. He was a member of First Robotics FRC ‚Äď Strike Zone since 2014 where he was Co-Captain. He has also been a member of the VEX Robotics Team since 2014 where he won two competitions. During his Senior year, Andrew also was a coach for the underclassmen and helped to teach them the robotics engineering process. Andrew participated in band as a member of the Marching, Jazz and Wind Ensemble units, and also played Varsity Baseball. Throughout his high school career Andrew played an active part in his community, both in and out of school.¬†¬† He was a part of the I-Connect Peer Mentor Program which helped underclassmen understand and practice for the ACT/SAT along with team building activities. He helped with the annual Soap Box Derby, Lapeer Days Kiddie Carnival, and delivered books for the local library book fair. He has worked with Growth & Opportunity in Lapeer to build machine golf ball counters to help employ people unable to join the workforce. He has helped set up and run Robo-Con, a non-profit community outreach event held by the Robotics team. As an active member of his church, Immaculate Conception, he was an alter server. In 2018 Andrew was named Male Youth Citizen of the Year. Andrew will be attending Kettering University in the Fall.

Giving Back Community Scholarship – $1,000

The recipient of the Giving Back Community Scholarship was Shannon Shaughnessy. Shannon attends the University of Michigan where she is pursuing a degree in Biology and International Studies as an honors student. She has received the James B. Angell Scholarship which is for students who achieve an all ‚ÄúA‚ÄĚ record for two or more consecutive years. She is a member of Phi Sigma Pi National Honors Fraternity where she serves as Leadership Chair of Alpha Omega Initiate Class and works to make a positive impact on her college campus. Shannon is a shining example of giving back to her community and is involved in many things. She is a mentor/group facilitator of Emotions in Action where she encourages awareness and candid conversations about mental health with middle school students.¬†¬† Shannon has also participated as a Young Life buddy, which is a Christian organization for kids with special needs. She has been a leader and marketing team member with the Wolverine Support Network (WSN,) offering peer-to-peer support groups and social events to destigmatize mental health issues on campus. As a camp counselor at Camp Starfish, Shannon was awarded the Gumby Award which is given to those who demonstrate resilience, strength, and flexibility in the face of countless challenges.

Although every year our biggest challenge is to select just five scholarship recipients from the pool of over-qualified candidates, we are extremely honored to recognize and award these five students with a $1,000 scholarship to further their education. Look for the announcement of our 2019 ELGA Scholarship Program on our website, www.ELGACU.com, in the early Spring of 2019.

To view the full Scholarship Reception Photo Album Click Here.

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