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ESL Awards $20,000 in Scholarships to 10 High-School Students

Rochester, NY — For the ninth consecutive year, ESL Federal Credit Union has awarded 10 college-bound high school students with $2,000 scholarships each as part of the ESL College Scholarship program. ESL recognized students who demonstrated how they help their community in a unique and meaningful way.

This year’s scholarship award recipients are:

  • Janai Blake, Joseph C. Wilson Magnet High School in Rochester
  • Alyse Cordeiro, Brockport High School
  • Jude Hare, Hilton High School
  • Amisha Khadka, Our Lady of Mercy for Young Women High School
  • Conor Morgan, Spencerport High School
  • Leah Ormaechea, Penfield High School
  • Alana Pinto, Pittsford Sutherland High
  • Corinthian Reed, McQuaid Jesuit High School
  • Zachary Shores, Penfield High School
  • Sophia Visconte, Brockport High School.

“The recipients of this year’s ESL College Scholarship are a tremendous asset to the Greater Rochester region,” said Rich Pulvino, Vice President/Director, Marketing, ESL Federal Credit Union. “We are immensely proud of the determination and commitment from these future leaders to helping our community thrive and prosper and wish them the best as they head into the next phase of their educational journey.”

Application requirements included:

  • A member in good standing at ESL Federal Credit Union
  • A high school senior in the Greater Rochester area during 2023/2024 school year
  • Attending an accredited college or university in Fall 2024

Nearly 150 applicants applied for this year’s ESL College Scholarship. Applicants needed to provide official copies of their transcripts, letters of recommendation from a school official and community/volunteer organization, and a list of extracurricular activities and community service. In alignment with the ESL Purpose, students also needed to submit an essay about how they help their community thrive and prosper.

ESL will be sharing highlights of all winners on their website on in late-June through the month of July.

About ESL Federal Credit Union

With more than 100 years of locally owned history, ESL Federal Credit Union serves as a full-service financial institution to more than 425,000 members and 16,600 businesses. Founded in 1920, the company provides personal banking, business banking, mortgage services, and wealth management services through its locally based 24-branch network; telephone, mobile and online banking; and live chat center.

The Rochester-based financial institution employs approximately 950 people in the Greater Rochester area and holds more than $9.2 billion in assets. Since 1996, ESL has paid out 29 consecutive Owners’ Dividends to its members totaling more than $290 million. Since the creation of its Community Impact initiative in 2018, ESL has reinvested more than $100 million in grants throughout the community. The company has appeared on Great Place to Work® lists since 2010. ESL Federal Credit Union is headquartered at 225 Chestnut Street, in Rochester, and can be found online at

For more information, contact:

Rich Pulvino, APR
VP/Director, Marketing