First Community Credit Union awards college scholarships

Jamestown area students are among the recipients.

Kendra Greshik
Kendra Greshik. Photo courtesy First Community Credit Union / Special to The Sun

First Community Credit Union announced it awarded a record $60,000 in college scholarships this year. FCCU awarded 27 graduating high school seniors with college scholarships, the highest number of scholarships FCCU has given out in one year. Among those awarded scholarships were:

  • Lauryn Hibl of Jamestown is a recipient of a multi-year scholarship to the University of Jamestown. Hibl, the daughter of Diane and Gaylord Hibl, is a graduate of Jamestown High School.
  • Kendra Cleghorn of Jamestown is a recipient of a multi-year scholarship to the University of Minnesota-Crookston. Cleghorn, the daughter of Betty and Benjamin Cleghorn, is a graduate of Jamestown High School.
  • Kendra Greshik of Wimbledon is a recipient of a multi-year scholarship to the University of Mary. Greshik, the daughter of Danelle and James Greshik, is a Barnes County North High School graduate.
  • Dillon Schaffer of Jamestown is a single-year scholarship recipient. Schaffer, the son of Jill and Terry Schaffer, is a Jamestown High School Graduate.

FCCU and its board of directors are providing 10 other multi-year scholarships valued at $2,000 or $4,000 to the following students to use toward college including area students Derek Bear of Valley City, Charmaine Haas of Napoleon and Lucien Harold Peterson of Wishek.
Thirteen other single-year $1,000 scholarships are awarded to the following students including area students Kelly Zimmerman of Napoleon and Daniel Wintch of Valley City.

“FCCU would like to extend our congratulations to the 27 winners of the 2021 First Community Credit Union Scholarship Foundation Program. We were delighted to see such a large number of applications and are proud to be able to provide a $60,000 in scholarships this year,” said Steve Schmitz, CEO of First Community Credit Union. “Best of luck to all our graduates in your future endeavors.”

Over the past 24 years, FCCU has given out more than $450,000 in scholarships. The board of directors recognizes the importance of young people receiving a good education and wants to encourage young people to do their best. In 2014, First Community Credit Union created a program that supports its dedication to area communities by reinvesting in youth. FCCU donated $1 million into a scholarship foundation to provide additional scholarship dollars to graduating high school students. The earnings from the foundation go to fund scholarship opportunities for members of the credit union for years to come.


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