Funds come from campus endowment contributions and the annual Community Values Scholarship
Madison, WI — UW Credit Union awarded 10 students a total of $30,000 this month in the name of the credit union’s annual Community Values Scholarship program. 17 additional students have received nearly $105,000 in scholarships in the 2021-2022 school year through UW Credit Union’s campus endowment programs.
Now in its ninth year, the UW Credit Union Community Values Scholarship honors the volunteer, activism, and mentorship efforts of new and former full-time undergraduate students attending a school in the UW system. , Madison College or Edgewood College.
“The resilience of today’s students never ceases to amaze us,” said Steph Harrill Kyle, Director of Financial Inclusion and Community Engagement. “These young people are dedicated to helping their classmates and community members thrive, while maintaining strong academic achievement. We recognize that economic pressures, including rising gas prices and housing inflation, have contributed to student debt. Scholarship funds reward their commitment in targeted and meaningful ways.
From improving international education to promoting health care equity among underserved populations, all 2022 Community Value Fellowship recipients highlight the power of leading by example. The next ten students will each receive $3,000 to be deposited directly into their tuition account.
• Edith Ben-Eboh, UW La Crosse – Ben-Eboh promotes international education on campus while coordinating blood drives and food aid through local pantries. In her role as Vice President of DISTEM (Diversity in STEM), she has created a safe and inclusive space for underrepresented students in STEM fields.
• Emily Grober, UW Oshkosh – Grober supports campus “New Student Family Programs” through its mentorship of freshmen, high school seniors, and international students. In this role, she serves as a tour guide, orientation manager and event planner, increasing the number of annual registrations.
• Grace Bradley, UW Green Bay – Bradley’s work at her local hospital and her involvement in the nursing student association have connected her deeply to her community. From collecting blankets for pediatric patients to helping those diagnosed with COVID-19, she brings comfort to those in need.
• Illiana Aviles, UW Whitewater – Aviles’ ongoing volunteer efforts include weekly food deliveries to a local women’s shelter, collecting and delivering sports equipment to Nicaragua, and using music to connect to senior centers and institutions of care.
• Isabel Zuniga-Meyer, UW Stevens Point – As a Girl Scouts of the USA marketing intern, Zuniga-Meyer helped plan GIRL 2020, an annual convention and delegates session. His leadership in creating accessible virtual events and online programming during the pandemic landed him a position on the board of directors.
• Lilia Tregoning, UW Milwaukee – A course requirement to complete six hours of community service eventually ignited Tregoning’s passion for giving back. She concluded the school year with 75 hours of service, thanks to her volunteer efforts with local food pantries and meal programs.
• Madison Xiong, UW Madison – Xiong’s role as a resource navigator for UW-Health’s Center for Patient Partnerships and as an intern for the Wisconsin State Office of Urban Development allows her to support families with child care children, housing, health care, employment and education.
• Mercedes Hernandez-Natera, Madison College – As the 2022 Volunteer Opportunities Coordinator for Madison College’s Truax Campus, Hernandez-Natera has already created, promoted, and hosted four campus volunteer events. She focuses on improving student volunteerism and leadership.
• Shahd Houidi, UW Madison – Houidi’s volunteer efforts include development activities for the elderly, charity events for environmental organizations, and helping local mosques and Boys and Girls Clubs with meal preparation. At school, Houdi established the Muslim Student Association.
• Meg Olson, UW Eau Claire – Olson participates in two college clubs, the Women and Gender Minorities in STEM Society and the Materials Research Society. She is passionate about introducing high school and college students to STEM-focused education and career paths.
“Through my commitments on campus, I have learned to lead by serving others and to appreciate the importance of community,” said Edith Ben-Eboh. “I understand that we need to use our voice to advocate for the changes we want to see; especially for those who cannot do it directly.
Beyond the Community Values Scholarship Program, the UW Credit Union Endowment Fund supports eight campuses and is valued at more than $3 million, improving access to higher education for dozens of Wisconsin students each year. At the University of Wisconsin-Madison, this includes the Great People Scholarship Program established in 2008, as well as the Chancellor’s Scholarship Endowment Fund (Mercia J. Lee Scholarship Program) established in 2018. Since 2008, UW Credit Union has distributed over $1.8. million in endowment scholarships, benefiting 520 students.
To learn more, visit https://www.uwcu.org/about-us/community-giving/scholarship/.
About UW Credit Union
UW Credit Union is a growing, federally insured financial institution and a leading provider of a full range of financial services to University of Wisconsin communities. UW Credit Union’s more than 850 employees serve the financial needs of more than 315,000 members through world-class technology systems and a convenient network of 30 branches and more than 100 ATMs. With $5 billion in assets, UW Credit Union is ranked among the top credit unions nationwide. Founded more than 90 years ago by University of Wisconsin faculty and staff, UW Credit Union continues to operate as a member-owned, nonprofit financial cooperative with locations in Madison, Milwaukee, Stevens Point, Green Bay, Oshkosh, Whitewater and La Crosse.