North Star Credit Union (NSCU) has continued its long-standing tradition of supporting students in area schools.
NSCU awarded $3,750 worth of scholarships to students during the 2022-2023 school year.
“We believe in our students,” said Jennifer Stedt, Chief Executive Officer for NSCU. “Being able to offer scholarships fits with our mission and is a value we believe in.”
Our 2023 winners include:
$500 North Woods – Karah Scofield
$500 Nashwauk – Cody Carroll
$500 Brooks – Shawna Majeres
$500 Duluth – Gage Canavan
$500 MIB – Samantha Hoff
$500 Rock Ridge – Wade Harsila
$750 North Woods Intern – Avery Thiel
For the past 36 years, NSCU has made an impact with youth education through its scholarship program. NSCU has awarded $41,650 to 75 students during that time period. In 1987, NSCU started by giving $300 to one student in its Cook branch and in 2020 that amount grew to $3,750 to seven students at four branches of Brooks, Cook, Duluth, and Nashwauk. In 2023, we expanded that to include Rock Ridge and MIB.
As the credit union has grown, so has its initiative to make a difference in the schools. For a decade the credit union had a financial education specialist on staff to deliver student education and events at area schools.
The credit union has been recognized statewide and nationally for their work with student education programs in the schools including the most recent award of the 2020 Desjardins Financial Education Award.
“The scholarships are another way that we can provide opportunities for our students and give back to our communities,” said Stedt.
Current Scholarships Available
NSCU now offers scholarships in the amount of $500 open to the branches and areas served. There has also been a student intern scholarship in the amount of $750 to $1,000. This is another way the credit union works with the local school districts to provide on the job experience and career skills.