Since 1994, HRCCU has held its Annual College Scholarship Contest that awards $1,000 to three outstanding graduating high school seniors. These funds are for tuition towards the students first semester of college.
Scholarships are open to HRCCU youth members in good-standing including children of Board of Directors, Supervisory Committee and credit union employees, who are high school seniors planning to attend an accredited college or university for the first time in the Fall.
Applicants are then judged on a number of categories including their academic performance, extracurricular and community activities, honors and awards, employment experience, length of HRCCU membership, and an essay question.
Applicants are then graded on the ten scoring categories and the winners are chosen!
Meet this year’s winners:
Brendan, a high school student from the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake CSD, held a long list of accomplishments including graduating with a 97.065 GPA. He performed outstanding on his standardized tests, earning an SAT score of 1550, PSAT score of 1400 and ACT score of 32.
During his high school career, Brendan was active in swimming and diving, drama club, jazz choir, computer club, and masterminds. He received five awards from his participation in these activities and was on the Principal’s High Honor Roll as well as a member of the National Honor Society.
His work and leadership experience includes lifeguard, swim instructor, Co-captain of the Swim Team, President of Computer Club, Treasurer of the Drama Club and Masterminds, and Producer of the BH-BL production of Harvey.
He was also highly involved in community activities as he performed or volunteered at a number of local events and charities.
Brendan will be attending Stony Brook University in the fall to study computer science.
Emily E. Reiszel
Emily was awarded for her amazing application and effort. Emily graduated from Greenwich CSD with a 92 GPA and 1190 SAT score. She received a number of awards and honors like the Student Sage College Award, Outstanding Presidential Award (Gold), public speaking (top two), Poet Laureate Award, and highest keyboarding average.
Emily was heavily involved in Future Business Leaders of America, softball, indoor/outdoor track, National Honors Society, and French club.
Her work experience includes babysitting, cashier/food prep, a hostess, a high ropes course facilitator, and ski instructor.
Emily held multiple leadership positions throughout her high school career. These included Senior Class Treasurer, FBLA Parliamentarian Club Officer, and Co-captain of her travel softball team.
Emily volunteer experience includes “Soup R’ Bands” Awareness for Autism, the Red Cross Blood Drive, Walk for Lyme Disease Awareness, and as a Softball Assistant Coach for the Little League Association.
Emily will be attending Binghamton University in the Fall to study Psychology.
Cody, a student from Hadley-Luzerne High School, was awarded for his extraordinary efforts and achievements during his time in high school where he earned a 92.59 GPA and 1340 SAT score.
Cody’s honors include Math Honor Society, National Honor Society, NYSPHSAA Scholar Athlete, Outstanding Contributions to H-L Athletics, and High Honor Roll.
He was an active participant in many activities including band and jazz band, chorus, varsity wrestling, cross-country running, and nordic skiing. He also worked as a Counselor for the H-L Youth Commission.
His leadership roles included Class Secretary, Treasurer of the Wrestling Club, Co-captain of the Varsity Wrestling team, 1st Chair in the Jazz Band, and NHS Secretary.
Cody volunteered as a PTSA Member and Volunteer, a trumpet player in the orchestra pit for school musicals, fundraiser and runner for Pok-O-MacCready Camps for Kids, H-L Youth Wrestling Club, and Journeyman wrestling in Albany.
Cody will be attending Castleton University in the Fall to study Environmental Science.
Thank You to our Applicants!
Thank you to all the amazing graduating seniors who applied for this year’s college scholarship contest. We had an outstanding group of applicants who all have a bright future ahead. Congratulations and best of luck on your future endeavors!