Advance Financial Federal Credit Union’s mission of “people helping people” is reflected in its Cha-Ching Teen Club academic scholarship program.
Through this continuing program, $750 scholarships are awarded annually to worthy students. This year’s scholarship winners are Claire Scherschel, from Valparaiso High School, and Justina Kaiser, from Highland High School.
“Our two recipients this year excelled on both an academic and extracurricular basis,” said John Wohadlo, president/CEO of AFFCU. “They are the kind of people that can make a difference in the world and create a brighter future for our children and grandchildren.
"We are pleased that our Cha-Ching Teen Club scholarship can give some very deserving future leaders a little extra financial assistance to make their educational aspirations easier to achieve.”
Scherschel will attend Purdue University and plans to major in dietetics and nutrition. She has devoted time to assist the Christian Food Pantry, Toys for Tots and Opportunity Enterprises Pack-a-Thon, and serves as a Special Olympics cheerleading coach.
Kaiser, a triplet, will attend Butler University and has a goal of obtaining a master's in accounting.
The AFFCU Scholarship Program awards $750 to incoming freshmen of an accredited college or university. To be eligible, a student must be a graduating high school senior who is enrolled as a full-time student (12 or more credit hours) at an accredited university or college. The applicants must also be AFFCU Cha-Ching Teen Club members in good standing. AFCU offices are located in Gary, Schererville and East Chicago.