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

New this year, 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.

The two recipients of the William Cayen Skilled Trades Scholarship are:

  • Byran McMahon, Northwestern Technological Institute
  • Maxwell Smith, Oakland Community College

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.

The five recipients of the Rudolph Heino High School Scholarship are:

  • Samantha Bourgeois, Berkley High School
  • Jeswin David, Detroit Catholic Central High School
  • Kaitlyn DeWolfe, Troy High School
  • Katelynn Paluch, Utica Academy for Int’l Studies
  • Salena 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.

The four recipients of the Larry Swantek Educational Studies Scholarship are:

  • Sarah Bart, Romeo High School
  • Ethan Biernat, L’Anse Creuse North High School
  • Rochelle Chezick, Siena Heights University
  • Paige 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.

The 18 recipients of the Educational Solutions Scholarship are:

  • Taylor Aleo, Fraser High School
  • Nicholas Anason, Stoney Creek High School
  • Zachary Berendt, L’Anse Creuse North High School
  • Arthur Borbolla III, Eisenhower High School
  • Noah Brejnak, Algonac High School
  • Erin Cook, Eisenhower High School
  • Isabella Ferranti, Richmond High School
  • Ryan Huizdos, Grosse Pointe North High School
  • Nicholas Jasion, Lutheran High School North
  • Pamella Kraemer, Eisenhower High School
  • Andre LaRoche, Oxford High School
  • Ginamarie Lester, Troy Athens High School
  • Agnes Mathew, Stevenson High School
  • Alexis McGuire, Oxford High School
  • Kaitlyn Potter, Int’l Academy Bloomfield Hills High School
  • Samantha Radman, Int’l Academy Macomb High School
  • Emily Schoening, Marine City High School
  • Hannah 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.

The four recipients of the Educator Advantage Scholarship are:

  • Georgina Foakes, Michigan State University
  • LaShawn McBride, Central Michigan University
  • Darrel Shepherd, Eastern Michigan University
  • Daniel Walkenhorst, Academic College of Education

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

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About Michigan Schools and Government Credit Union

Founded by a small group of educators, MSGCU has been providing quality financial services to the community for more than 60 years. MSGCU offers a full range of loan, deposit, checking, credit card, mortgage, and insurance products for those that live in Lower Michigan. With 14 offices in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties, MSGCU has more than 125,000 members, $2 billion in assets, and has earned a 97% member satisfaction rating for the past ten years. MSGCU has also earned five stars, as reported by Bauer Financial, for more than 20 years, and has been honored as a Top Workplace by The Detroit Free Press six years in a row.

For more information contact Emily Boulton, marketing communications specialist at eboulton@msgcu.org and 586.263.8800 ext. 571.