Medina County Federal Credit Union awards 2019 scholarships to three local students
Medina County Federal Credit Union has announced three winners in its 2019 Scholarship Program.
Robert Olszewski of Medina, Noah Toth of Brunswick, and Amberly Wehrmeyer of Seville will each receive $1,000 to help them continue their education.
The national slogan for credit unions is People Helping People. Scholarship applicants wrote essays explaining what they have done to help people in their lives. Pete Grimm, the CEO of the credit union, said the winners are representatives of the many local students who volunteer to help improve our community.
“We had many impressive applicants and it was difficult to select the winners. Everyone at MedFed and our Board of Directors are happy to help Robert, Noah and Amberly continue their studies,” said Grimm. “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 wish them all the best as they continue their studies and service.”
Bernard R. Spechalske Scholarships
MedFed's Board of Directors established The Bernard R. Spechalske Scholarship in 1994 in honor of Bernard Spechalske's service to Medina County Federal Credit Union. Bernard served as a board member and president of the Board of Directors.
Robert Olszewski, a senior at Medina High School, is the son of Sibyl and Alex Olszewski of Medina. He will attend the University of Cincinnati this fall to pursue a degree in secondary education.
He a member of Student Council and is the student body vice president, and a varsity member of the swim team and debate team. He is a member of HUDDLE, which teaches fourth-graders about the dangers of peer pressure and drug use, and serves as a counselor with Camp Christopher Environmental Education programs. Robert is also active in school choirs and theater productions.
As a member of Student Council, Robert helped create a Safety Committee and was a leader in the creation of safety buckets for classrooms. The safety buckets provide emergency supplies in case of security lockdowns, in which students and teachers are secluded in their classrooms until danger passes.
"Helping lead a project that has made our school safer, more prepared, and given students and staff peace of mind is an accomplishment I will value the rest of my life,” Robert wrote in his essay.
Noah Toth, a senior at Brunswick High School, is the son of David and Laura Toth. He plans to study music education after graduation.
Noah plays trumpet in his school’s Marching Band and is a member of the BHS Men's Chorus, OBDC Honors Band and the Northern Ohio Youth Orchestra.
To earn his Eagle Scout rank in Boy Scouts, Noah built an educational children’s garden at the Brunswick Area Historical Society’s Heritage Farm.
"The garden’s purpose was to educate the local children about different plants they can grow at home," Noah explained in his essay. "The plants were all sensory, meaning they can be touched and they feel strange or moved to make a weird sound... It taught me a lot about leadership and being a cheerful giver to my community."
The MedFed Board of Directors established the Memorial Scholarship in 2000 to honor people who have dedicated years of distinguished volunteer service to the credit union. This scholarship is awarded to students currently enrolled in college or other post-secondary studies. Scholarship applicants were asked to write a short essay about something they have done to help someone in their lives.
Amberly Wehrmeyer, a nursing student at The University of Akron, is the daughter of Dan and Lisa Wehrmeyer of Seville.
Amberly is a member of the university's Student Nurses Association and works at the school's field house. She has volunteered at Summa Health assisting patients, families and nurses as an emergency rounder.
Last winter, she traveled to Greenbrier, West Virginia, with her campus ministry to help build three new houses for victims of catastrophic flooding.
"The one house I worked on was for a family with three young children who have been living in a two-bedroom apartment for over a year," Amberly explained in her essay. "It gave me a sense of gratitude and (I) learned how satisfying it truly is to help others.”
"The town of Greenbrier was literally washed away, but neighbors from near and far helped in any way that they could," Amberly wrote. "It was freezing working in January in a house with no insulation, let alone not having electricity for a heater, but my minor inconvenience of being cold was nothing compared to what the people of the town went through. Having the opportunity to talk with some of the residents opened my eyes that everyone has their own story and a simple smile can permeate the message that I care and am there to help."
About Medina County Federal Credit Union
Medina County Federal Credit Union has been serving Medina County since 1960. Starting out as 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, Ohio, and ranks among the top 25 largest credit unions in Northeast Ohio.
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