UW Credit Union Awards $15,000 In Community Value Scholarships

Five scholarships awarded; more than 125 students applied

UWCU Community Values Scholarship winners.

MADISON, WI – August 15, 2019 – UW Credit Union awarded five scholarships of $3,000 to credit union members who are college students that share the credit union’s commitment to making communities stronger and better places to live.

Scholarship winners demonstrated academic excellence and a strong commitment to their communities through volunteerism, community-centered employment, school-focused activities and other initiatives.

The five winners are:

Cesar Gomez, Edgewood College

Throughout high school, Gomez played a pivotal leadership role in Latinos Unidos, which helps promote Latin culture and create a safe learning environment for students of color. “Although I have seen changes in my school and in student interactions, I understand that I have to continue this work in the greater Madison community,” Gomez says.

Madhu Gowda, University of Wisconsin–Madison

Gowda has volunteered as a math, literacy and ESL tutor, and has directed local outreach efforts for the non-profit organization MEDLIFE. These activities have benefited Madison-area organizations and low-income communities in Latin America. “The more we can help all members of our community to aspire upwards, the more we can all contribute to making it a better place,” says Gowda.

Amelia Hayden, University of Wisconsin–Madison

Hayden has mentored and tutored students, chaired blood drives, and helped her local Future Farmers of America chapter compete as a top 10 finalist in the National FFA Agriscience Fair. She also has helped lead after-school science clubs for Madison-area elementary school students. “If I can serve in small ways, those puzzle pieces come together to form a larger impact,” Hayden says.

Seth Polfus, University of Wisconsin–La Crosse

With a fairly prolific background in volunteerism, his favorite is supporting Special Olympics in the La Crosse area, and inspiring others to get involved with the organization. “Special Olympics has allowed me to help others form bonds through sports that I love,” Polfus says. He also is a blogger for the scholarship resource center at UW–La Crosse, which helps fellow students learn how to fund their educations.

Natasha Sichula, University of Wisconsin–Madison

Sichula has served the homeless in Madison, Chicago and Milwaukee, volunteered in Zambia, and cofounded the Gracious Foundation for Maternity Protection Zambia as part of her commitment to support under-resourced women in Zambia, her native country. Sichula says, “All I need to do is step out of my comfort zone, be bold, and present my story to those who are willing to listen.”

“Our Community Values Scholarship Program provides college scholarships to students who are committed to their community,” explained Paul J. Kundert, UW Credit Union president & chief executive officer. “These students have shown innovative ways of supporting and positively impacting the quality of life in their communities.”

This year more than 125 college students submitted applications for the Community Value Scholarship, now in its sixth year of recognizing college student contributions.

About UW Credit Union
UW Credit Union is a growing, federally insured financial institution and a leading provider of a full range of financial services to University of Wisconsin communities. UW Credit Union's over 600 employees serve the financial needs of more than 250,000 members through world-class technology systems, and through a convenient network of 26 branch locations and over 100 ATMs. With assets totaling $3 billion, UW Credit Union is ranked nationally among the leading credit unions. Founded more than 85 years ago by members of the University of Wisconsin community, UW Credit Union continues to operate as a not-for-profit, member-owned financial cooperative with locations in the Madison, Milwaukee, Stevens Point, Green Bay, Oshkosh, Whitewater and La Crosse areas.

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