Medina County Federal Credit Union awards 2021 scholarships to local students
Medina County Federal Credit Union has announced two winners in its 2021 Scholarship Program. Emma Fry and Carlos Levine – both of Medina – 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 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 Emma and Carlos 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 wish them all the best as they continue their studies and service.”
Carlos Levine, a senior at Medina High School, received the $1,500 Bernard R. Spechalske Scholarship for high school seniors.
He is the son of Floralyn Morata.
Carlos volunteers at local food banks and serves as a drug and alcohol educator at his former elementary school. He also serves as a HUDDLE leader. At school, Carlos is the vice president of the debate team, and serves as a peer tutor and mentor to underclassmen. He is the captain of the tennis team and is a nationally-ranked USTA player.
Carlos is also a National Merit Finalist and a member of National Honor Society. He is considering a law degree after completing a bachelor's degree.
"I hope to be doing meaningful work, possibly for a non-profit, that has a positive impact on both myself and the communities I'm part of," Carlos wrote in his scholarship application.
Emma Fry, of Medina, won the $1,500 Memorial Scholarship for current students of college or other post-secondary institutions.
She is the daughter of Michelle and Jarrod Fry.
Emma attends The Ohio State University where she is in the undergraduate program for Integrated Language Arts/English Education. She is also pursuing a minor in Clinical Psychology and Individual Differences. She plans to teach English in a high school and eventually pursue a master’s degree in school counseling.
"I would love to work with students and help them to establish goals for their own lives," Emma wrote in her scholarship application.
Emma has been volunteering since elementary school. As a student at Highland High School, she previously served as a Peer Leader with HUDDLE, in student council, DARE, and the Sparkle Cheer program. At The Ohio State University, she helps new students move in, and mentors elementary students in the Columbus Public Schools.
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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