Medina County Federal Credit Union awards 2023 scholarships to local students
Medina County Federal Credit Union has announced two winners in its 2023 Scholarship Program. Andrew Coleman of Medina and Paige Toth of Brunswick will each receive $1,500 to help them continue their education.
The national slogan for credit unions is People Helping People. This year’s scholarship applicants wrote essays explaining what they have done to help people in their own lives.
Pete Grimm, the President of Medina County Federal Credit Union, said the winners represent the many local students who volunteer to help improve our community.
“We had many impressive applicants,” said Grimm. “Everyone at MedFed and our Board of Directors are happy to help Andrew and Paige continue their studies. As a cooperative credit union, we exist to serve the people of Medina County. Our directors themselves volunteer their time to serve on our board and give their time and expertise to help their neighbors.”
“The applicants this year showed us that the spirit of service is alive and well in the next generation,” Grimm said. “We are proud to serve a community full of so many wonderful young people and we wish them all the best as they continue their studies and service.”
Andrew Coleman, a senior at Buckeye High School, received the $1,500 Bernard R. Spechalske Scholarship for high school seniors.
Andrew also studies in the Engineering Technologies and Design program at Medina County Career Center.
He is the son of Pamela Coleman of Medina.
Andrew is a member of SkillsUSA and has participated as a voting delegate during the 2022 State Competitions and the 2022 Fall Leadership Conference. He has competed at the regional and state levels in Science Olympiad, volunteered and organized fundraisers at the Medina County Career Center, and volunteered with Cub Scouts of America. Andrew is an honor roll student and has earned numerous academic awards.
He will attend Edinboro University in Pennsylvania this fall to pursue a career in animation.
The Board of Directors of the Medina County Federal Credit Union established The Bernard R. Spechalske Scholarship in 1994, in honor, memory, and recognition of Ben’s service to the Medina County Federal Credit Union as a member, director and president.
Paige Toth, of Brunswick, won the $1,500 Memorial Scholarship for current students of college or other post-secondary institutions.
She is the daughter of Laura and David Toth.
Paige is a student at Kent State University studying Speech Pathology and Audiology. She plans for a career in helping people with severe medical issues communicate.
As a volunteer in her university’s Provost Leadership Academy, Paige worked to develop a housing program for homeless students.
She volunteers at a campus lab that is helping Parkinson’s patients and with the university’s Career and Community Studies Program.
The Board of Directors of the Medina County Federal Credit Union established The Medina County Federal Credit Union Memorial Scholarship in 2000, in honor, memory, and recognition of those who have dedicated many years of distinguished volunteer service to the credit union.
About Medina County Federal Credit Union
Medina County Federal Credit Union has been serving Medina County since 1960. Starting out as a small school credit union with deposits totaling $50, MedFed has grown to a multi-million dollar full-service cooperative financial institution serving everyone who lives, works, attends school, or worships in Medina County. It operates branches in Medina, Wadsworth and Brunswick, and ranks among the top 25 largest credit unions in Northeast Ohio.
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