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Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union Awards $17,000 in College Scholarships

Published on June 17, 2018

To help defray the costs of higher education for local college students, Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union awarded $17,000 in college scholarships to its members through its MoneyStrong College Scholarship Program and Employee Scholarship Program. The recipients are comprised of both soon-to-be and current college students.

The winners of the 18th annual MoneyStrong College Scholarship Program were asked to write an essay in response to the following prompt: “Living a financially strong life may mean different things to different people. Explain what being financially well means to you, and how Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union helps you and other members achieve financial wellness”. The Credit Union granted funds to 19 students. Of the winners, thirteen are high school seniors gearing up for their freshman year of college and six are currently attending various colleges in the area.

Through the Employee Scholarship Program, Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union employees, as well as an employee’s child or grandchild, are eligible to receive a $500 or $1,000 scholarship. There are four different scholarships available, three of which were instituted to memorialize former Jeanne D’Arc employees and board members, and one commemorates the Credit Union’s commitment to supporting local non-profit organizations. The Credit Union awarded a total of $4,500 through the Employee Program.

All recipients were recognized on May 23rd at a reception at Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union’s corporate headquarters. Students and their supportive friends and family, as well as several Jeanne D’Arc staff members, attended the ceremony.

“Education is a big part of who we are,” said Mark S. Cochran, President and Chief Executive Officer of Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union. “We are happy and honored to assist local students in achieving their educational goals.”

The MoneyStrong scholarship winners include: Ashley Berniche, Florida Southern College; Alyssa Bigos from Dracut High School, University of New England; Nicole Capra, Lowell High School, Rivier University; Jessica Carnevale, UMass Lowell; Maeve Carolan from Lowell High School, University of New Hampshire; Matthew Daniell from Dracut High School, UMass Amherst; Nicholas Dys, Southern New Hampshire University; Enya Han, University of Pennsylvania; Kathryn Jones from Central Catholic High School, Simmons College; Jacob Leboeuf from Dracut High School, University of New Hampshire – Durham; Colleen McAnespie from Central Catholic High School, Stevenson University; Thomas McDonough from Lowell High School, Bryant University; James McKenna from Norwich University; Caroline Nutile from Lowell High School, University of New Hampshire; Camryn Santiago from Dracut High School, Rivier University; Samantha Say, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Science; Abigail Scott from Lowell Catholic High School, Endicott College; Padraig Slattery from Chelmsford High School, Villanova University; and Hanna Vaillancourt from Alvirne High School, University of New Hampshire.

Recipients of the Employee Scholarships include: Ashley Desmarais, UMass Lowell; Disha Patel, Suffolk University; Taylor Roberts, UMass Lowell; Katelyn St. Louis, University of New Hampshire; Emma Gosselin, Worcester State University; and Hannah McDonald, Endicott College.


Photo cutline: Excited Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union MoneyStrong and Employee College Scholarship winners gather with Mark S. Cochran, President and Chief Executive Officer, at an awards reception on May 23, 2018.

(Back row, left to right) Ashley Desmarais, Nicholas Dys, Katelyn St. Louis, James McKenna, Padraig Slattery, Abigail Scott, Taylor Roberts, (middle row, left to right) Mark S. Cochran, Caroline Nutile, Kathryn Jones, Emma Gosselin, Jacob Leboeuf, Matthew Daniell, Jessica Carnevale, (front row, left to right) Disha Patel, Colleen McAnespie, Thomas McDonough, Camryn Santiago, Alyssa Bigos and Hannah McDonald

Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union Awards $17,000 in College Scholarships

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