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Affinity Federal Credit Union Foundation Awards $8,000 in Scholarships to Local Students

Basking Ridge, N.J. (August 3, 2017) – Announced today, the Affinity Federal Credit Union Foundation is pleased to share the 2017 recipients of The Robert L. Birkhahn Community Spirit Scholarship, The Richard A. Romano Rutgers Scholarship, and The Affinity Continuing Education Scholarship.

Committed to strengthening the communities it serves, the Affinity Federal Credit Union Foundation awards scholarships in the amount of $1,000 to members based on community involvement, academic achievement, and extra-curricular activities. Recipients include:

The Robert L. Birkhahn Community Spirit Scholarship, dedicated to the late Affinity Executive Vice President Robert L. Birkhahn and awarded to the following graduating high school seniors:

    • Nisha Choudhary, Basking Ridge, N.J. (Bryn Mawr College)
    • Phivos Christodoulides, Hillsborough, N.J. (University of Maryland)
    • Grace Gleba, Washington, N.J. (Pennsylvania State University)
    • Alexander Kuchnicki, Piscataway, N.J (Arcadia University)
    • Mackenzie May, Morristown, N.J. (Bucknell University)
    • Nicholas Zolkiwsky, Flemington, N.J. (Rider University)

The Richard A. Romano Rutgers Scholarship, in honor of Richard A. Romano, Sr., longtime volunteer on the Affinity Federal Credit Union Board of Directors and Supervisory Committee, awarded to the following graduating high school seniors, planning to enroll, transfer, or continue their educations at Rutgers University:

    • Chelsea Phuangthong, Manville, N.J. (Rutgers University)

The Affinity Continuing Education Scholarship, awarded to the following students planning to continue their degree at a two or four year college or university:

    • Ruchael McNair, Somerset N.J. (William Paterson University)

About the Affinity Federal Credit Union Foundation:
The Affinity Federal Credit Union Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the Affinity Federal Credit Union and its members. Together, we leverage our contributions to make impactful investments in local, grassroots charitable organizations, with a special focus on improving the financial lives of our members, friends and neighbors in the communities where we live, work, worship and attend school. Along with our volunteer efforts, together we are working to "Create Something Better." For more information, please follow us on Facebook (AffinityGives) and Twitter (@AffinityFCUfdn).

About Affinity Federal Credit Union:
Affinity Federal Credit Union is the largest credit union headquartered in New Jersey. With more than $2.3 billion in assets, Affinity has a network of more than 140,000 members from over 2,700 businesses, organizations and clubs throughout the country. Affinity members have access to a network of more than 5,000 shared branches and nearly 30,000 surcharge-free ATMs nationwide. The credit union is a member-owned, not-for-profit, full-service financial institution that has been offering superior financial services for consumers and businesses with a member-oriented focus since 1935. Affinity’s consumer banking services include a full suite of deposit products, mobile and online banking, auto, real estate, education and personal loans. Affinity offers a comprehensive set of products and services to support its business members, offering better rates and lower fees than most banks. Whether it is a new venture or a well-established organization, Affinity has the right products and services for each stage of business. Federally insured by NCUA. For more information, please visit www.affinityfcu.com and follow us on Facebook (AffinityFCU) and Twitter (@AffinityFCU).  

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