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ESL and MCC Present Work Scholarships to Five Students

Rochester, NY — ESL Federal Credit Union and Monroe Community College announced its third class of ESL/MCC Scholars at a ceremony held at ESL’s headquarters on Chestnut Street in Rochester. The five students selected for this program are:

  • Brie Boxell
  • Samantha Huertas
  • Rachel Lynch
  • Sara Perez
  • Kyle Stevens

Students are offered a part-time, paid position at ESL’s corporate headquarters, or at a local branch, and a $1,000 scholarship for each semester they participate (up to $2,000). Students will have the opportunity to meet with and work in other departments at the company to further their professional experience.

Benefits to ESL/MCC Scholars also include professional skill development opportunities, mentoring, and exposure to a variety of career paths. Through this collaboration, MCC students also have the option to obtain academic credit for their work experience.

“We truly value the continued partnership with Monroe Community College to provide a career pathway to banking through the ESL/MCC Scholars program,” said Maureen Wolfe, Senior VP/Director, Human Resource & Community Impact. “This program reinforces our commitment to developing, promoting and retaining a talented, diverse workforce at ESL.” [disclosure: Wolfe is a board member for the MCC Foundation]

The long-term goal of the program is to retain the students upon graduation from MCC through either full-time employment at ESL, or as they work part-time while pursuing their bachelor’s degrees at a local institution (with assistance from ESL’s tuition reimbursement program). The program also supports an ESL initiative to recognize and value diversity and inclusion within the workforce, with many students of the program coming from underrepresented backgrounds.

“We join ESL Federal Credit Union in congratulating the third cohort of ESL/MCC Scholars,” said MCC President Anne M. Kress. “ESL has created an exciting and significant opportunity for this year’s recipients to gain professional banking and finance experience while completing their studies at MCC. We thank ESL for valuing our graduates and generously investing in the future of our community through MCC.”

About ESL Federal Credit Union

With nearly 100 years of locally-owned history, ESL Federal Credit Union serves as a full-service financial institution to approximately 366,000 members world-wide. The company provides personal, business banking, and wealth management services through its locally-based 22 branch network, telephone, mobile, online, and live chat center.

The Rochester-based financial institution employs more than 830 people in Rochester, New York and holds $6.8 billion in assets. The company has appeared on the Great Place to Work® Best Small & Medium Workplaces list for nine years since 2010. ESL Federal Credit Union is headquartered at 225 Chestnut Street, in Rochester, and can be found on the Internet at

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For more information, contact:

Rich Pulvino, APR
Vice President/Director, Corporate Communications