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Affinity Foundation Announces 2023 Scholarship Winners

Affinity Foundation Announces 2023 Scholarship Winners
AffinityFCU Affinity Foundation Multi-Year Grant Partners Blog
By: Karla Wallack, Erin Witherspoon and Rachel Buxbaum
Affinity Foundation

June 21, 2023

The Affinity Foundation has officially announced the winners of its 2023 scholarship program. The program was created in 2005 to support students in their pursuit of higher education at two- or four-year colleges or universities. Students who apply for the scholarship are evaluated on both their academic performance, as well as their commitment and leadership in their community..

To apply, students must submit a written essay or video discussing the following prompt: an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself and others. Applicants must also submit two letters of recommendation, their academic information, extracurricular activities, honors, awards, community service and work experience.

This year, the Affinity Foundation has awarded $2,500 each to the six winners that were selected by the scholarship committee to use for the upcoming 2023-2024 school year.

The 2023 Affinity Foundation scholarship winners include:

  • Christian Cordova, Fitchburg University, Class of 2027
  • Charlotte Eriksen, University of Connecticut, Class of 2027
  • Elodie Flanagan, University of Notre Dame, Class of 2027
  • Valencia Julien, Temple University, Class of 2027
  • Christopher Lee, The University of Pennsylvania, Class of 2027
  • Sarah Manasier, North Carolina State University, Class of 2027

With the noticeable uptick in applicants who are returning to school later in life or changing careers, the Foundation offers one slot that is specifically dedicated to those continuing education. This year’s winners include some impressive individuals including an international musician, published author, an EMT and an actress. Additionally, many of the winners have overcome difficult obstacles in their home lives, which makes their achievements even more impressive.

There was an extremely impressive pool of candidates to choose from this year and the selection process was challenging. We would like to thank each and every individual who applied. These students stood out for their unique educational paths and journeys they took to get where they are today. The Foundation would like to congratulate them for their hard work and perseverance through life. These attributes will certainly carry them through to their bright futures ahead.

Since the launch of the program, the Affinity Foundation has awarded $216,000 in scholarships to local students throughout the years. The Foundation is thrilled to continue to impact the lives of students in the community through its 2023 scholarship program and looks forward to seeing the journey that these students take as they work through college and into their professional futures.

This information is for informational purposes only and is intended to provide general guidance and does not constitute legal, tax, or financial advice. Each person’s circumstances are different and may not apply to the specific information provided. You should seek the advice of a financial professional, tax consultant, and/or legal counsel to discuss your specific needs before making any financial or other commitments.