Firefly Credit Union Awards More Than $5,000 in Scholarships
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Firefly Credit Union - BURNSVILLE, Minn. (June 13, 2017) - Firefly Credit Union awarded more than $5,000 in scholarships to Burnsville and Rosemount High School seniors during the 2016-17 academic year. Scholarships were awarded for both Firefly’s third annual Great Savings Challenge and a Community Cares Scholarship.
Two students were awarded $1,000 scholarships as part of the credit union’s 3nd annual Great Savings Challenge. A third recipient received $535. The challenge was open to seniors at both Burnsville and Rosemount High School – recipients included Callie Gudmonson (Burnsville), Jacob Norring (Burnsville), and Brynn Tonn (Rosemount).
Over the course of four months, students at Burnsville and Rosemount High School participating in the challenge completed a variety of financial activities to prepare them for future expenses such as reviewing tuition prices and a semester’s worth of textbook expenses at their higher education institution, tracking and categorizing their spending for a month, and completing a course on student loans via Firefly’s digital learning platform, EverFi.
Students were also asked to be diligent and save for their college expenses throughout their senior year. The winners from each school received a scholarship, which was a savings match of up to $1,000.
“Every penny truly counts,” said Tonn. “You don’t need to live off of nothing to save money. You really just have to be smart about budgeting and truly ask yourself about if you need something or if you simply want it.”
Firefly provided scholarship dollars in collaboration with Memorial Blood Centers (MBC), awarding three Burnsville High School (BHS) seniors, Callie Gudmonson, Joseph Koski, and Ally Saba, for their efforts in coordinating the largest blood drive in MBC history. Both Firefly and MBC donated $10 for each unit of blood donated at the Life Illuminated Blood Drive held at BHS in spring 2017 –totaling $4,300 in scholarship dollars.
Firefly wishes the best of luck to all scholarship recipients at the respective higher education institutions and all 2017 graduates in their future endeavors.
PHOTO: (From left to right) Misty Johnson, Executive Assistant at Firefly; BHS Seniors Callie Gudmonson, Ally Saba, and Joseph Koski; Courtney Banker, Senior Marketing Specialist at Firefly.