Neighbors Credit Union (St. Louis) awarded four, $1,200 scholarships to My.Bux members at its Annual Meeting held on May 21, 2014, at the Royal Orleans Banquet Center.
Neighbors annually awards scholarships in honor of Clarence L. Hagemann, previous chairman of the board, who gave 44 years of volunteer service. Including the four newest winners, Neighbors has awarded a total of $59,900 in scholarships over the past 23 years. This contest is open to all My.Bux club members who will be attending college in the autumn of 2014. My.Bux consists of Neighbors Credit Union members between the ages of 13 and 19. Each scholarship recipient received $1,200 to be used for higher education expenses.
The winners of this year’s scholarship contest are Tessa Jasper of Lindbergh High School, Emily Otto of St. Pius High School, Marcus Ramspott of St. Louis University High School and Taylor Ratliff of Lindbergh High School.
Credit unions are focused on community involvement to achieve their philosophy of "People Helping People." Neighbors displays this philosophy in our Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals fundraising, along with other various donations and financial education services. This year My.Bux members were asked to write a 3-page essay answering the question, “How do you display the ‘People Helping People' philosophy?" Along with the essay, applicants were also asked to submit a list of extra-curricular activities and academic achievements.
Tessa Jasper wrote about her experience in the National Honor Society and her volunteer work with the Ronald McDonald House. Emily Otto has helped organize and run projects such as Celebrate My Drive, which encourages teens to stop texting and driving. Marcus Ramspott has experience with “People Helping People” by volunteering most of his time with the organization St. Louis Ark, which supports people with developmental disabilities. Taylor Ratliff talks about his time volunteering with Feed My People, Serve St. Louis and SPENSA (a special needs soccer program). All of the young winners are strong examples of what “People Helping People” is all about.
Neighbors Credit Union is dedicated to providing young members with opportunities to help continue their education.
Caption: Neighbors Credit Union's CEO/President John Servos (left) with the 2014 Clarence L. Hagemann Scholarship winners (from left to right): Taylor Ratliff, Marcus Ramspott and Emily Otto. (Tessa Jasper, not pictured.)