Four area high school seniors were awarded scholarships by the Alfred-Allegany Educational Employees Credit Union through its participation in the NYS Credit Union League's statewide scholarship program which offered credit union members the chance to win scholarships to either a two- or four-year accredited educational institution.
Jenna Wellington, Arkport, was named the state winner; and Kathryn Pilgrim, Almond; Srijanna Jonchhe, Hornell; and Erin Crandall, Almond, local winners, each received $500 toward their college education.
Wellington is the daughter of Randy and Tammy Wellington (ASC Office of Enrollment Services). She will pursue her studies in mathematics and chemistry at Elmira College in the fall. During her high school years, Wellington was involved in a variety of activities, athletics, and community service projects.
Pilgrim, daughter of Steve (AU professor, Materials Science and Engineering) and Jean Pilgrim, plans to pursue a major in childhood education at SUNY Fredonia.
Jonchhe, daughter of Yogendra (ASC professor, Mechanical Engineering Technology Department) and Shanti Jonchhe, plans to study pharmacy.
Crandall, daughter of Michael (ASC maintenance supervisor) and Ervilla Crandall, (AU assistant director, Financial Aid) intends to study language education at Alfred University.
To be eligible, students must have been high school seniors who would be attending college for the first time in the fall of 2007, as well as members of the Alfred Allegany Educational Employees Federal Credit Union. Applicants competed against other credit union members from across the state. They were judged on their academic achievements, extracurricular and community activities, and the quality of a written essay.
Credit unions are not-for-profit, financial cooperatives owned by their members. Their trade association, the NYS Credit Union League, Inc. & Affiliates, serves New York credit unions that have assets of more than $36 billion and more than 45.1 million members.