Patriot Federal Credit Union’s Richard E. Baumunk Memorial Scholarship has been awarded to Kelsey White of Needmore, Pa.
White attended Southern Fulton High School and was selected from 21 applicants.
She will attend Messiah College in the fall to study athletic training and hopes to pursue a career as a certified athletic training/licensed physical therapist.
The scholarship competition is held every year for graduating seniors in the areas served by the credit union.
The student must be planning to attend an institution of higher learning after graduation. The winner receives a $2,500 scholarship awarded over two years, with the second year’s distribution contingent upon a first-year grade-point average of 2.5.
To qualify for the scholarship, White met the requirements, including being a member of Patriot, a 2012 high school graduate with a GPA of 2.5 or higher, having been accepted as a full-time student at an institution of higher learning and carrying 12 credit hours or more.
The applicants each submitted a 300- to 500-word typed essay titled, “My Credit Union is Important to Me Because ...” The competition was close, with just 1.2 points separating the recipient from the runner-up.
Judges for the scholarship included the son and daughter of Baumunk, David Baumunk and Marcia Johnston, as well as Kevin Shoemaker, member financial education specialist at Patriot.
The credit union has served the Chambersburg area since 1965, as a nonprofit financial cooperative, democratically owned and run by its members. The credit union has grown into a $425 million financial institution serving Franklin and Fulton counties in Pennsylvania, and Washington County, Md.