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Affinity Foundation Announces 2022 Scholarship Winners

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AffinityFCU Foundation 2022 Scholarship Winners PR
By: Affinity Foundation

The Affinity Foundation’s annual scholarship program was created to support students in their pursuit of higher education at two-or-four-year colleges or universities. Since the scholarship program launched in 2005, the Foundation has awarded $201,000 in scholarships to local students.

“We had an extremely strong pool of applicants who are not only committed to their coursework and career aspirations, but also to giving back to their communities. As a result, we are proud to say we expanded the program to six winners for 2022,” shared Karla Wallack, Executive Director of the Foundation.

This year, the Foundation’s Scholarship Committee unanimously agreed to increase the number of scholarships awarded, and has selected six well-deserving students who will each receive $2,500 for the upcoming 2022-2023 school year. Students are evaluated on academic performance and demonstrating leadership through their extracurricular activities, community involvement and work experience.

On behalf of the Foundation’s Scholarship Committee, we extend our congratulations to the following students and thank all students who took the opportunity to apply for one of our scholarships this year:

Affinity Continuing Education Scholarship has been awarded to Trish Elleston who is currently studying for her Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience at Temple University.

Robert Birkhahn Community Spirit Scholarship has been awarded to the following students:

  • Arjun Kulkarni, attending the Granger School of Engineering at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign
  • Emily Lu, studying Political Science at Barnard College
  • Gabriella Robinson, attending Seton Hall University
  • Kayla Kwinta, studying Biology at the University of South Florida
  • Pia Piazza, pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Materials Engineering at the New Jersey Institute of Technology

About the Affinity Foundation:
The Affinity Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that was founded in 2005 to carry out the philanthropic work of Affinity Federal Credit Union. We invest in local organizations that deliver programs aimed at alleviating financial stress and helping people reach financial independence, empowering them in the pursuit of educational, employment and individual goals, and providing peace of mind for financially disadvantaged individuals and their families. Through our volunteer efforts, we connect charities with skilled professionals to elevate their mission, provide financial education resources and strengthen communities. The Affinity Foundation is a registered nonprofit organization, you can further our mission by donating today (EIN #20-2706810).

About Affinity Federal Credit Union:
Affinity is a full-service financial institution, member owned and community focused, with a mission to nurture your financial wellbeing. With more than 20 branches across the tri-state area, Affinity is the largest credit union headquartered in the state of New Jersey, proudly ranking in the top 2% of all credit unions in terms of asset size1. The Affinity difference is about people helping people on a deeper level. Our personalized approach ensures that your unique dreams and goals are being met, in a way that is best for YOU, and with your financial wellbeing as the number one priority. For more information, please visit