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

Rochester, NY — For the eighth consecutive year, ESL Federal Credit Union has awarded college-bound high school students with a $2,000 scholarship from ESL’s College Scholarship program. ESL recognized 10 students who demonstrate how they help their community in a unique and meaningful way.

This year’s scholarship award recipients are:

  • Refia Bilgic, Geneseo High School
  • Mansa Brown-Tonge, Allendale Columbia School
  • Emma Guthrie, Ruben Cirillo High School
  • Lennon Hare, Hilton High School
  • Janet Jaramillo, Marion Jr. Sr. High School
  • Zaynab Khan, Pittsford Mendon High School
  • Tehjauna McDonald, Edison Career and Technology High School
  • Mshingelwa Mfaume, East High School
  • Tre’ Reese, Pittsford Sutherland High School
  • Noelia Ventura, Batavia High School

“We are pleased to recognize these outstanding students with an ESL College Scholarship and highlight their positive contributions to our shared community,” said Celeste Kier, Senior Vice President/Director, Marketing & Customer Experience, ESL Federal Credit Union. “The ESL College Scholarship is an important way we can invest in young leaders, honor their accomplishments and help offset the rising costs of a college education.”

Application requirements included:

  • A member in good standing at ESL Federal Credit Union
  • A high school senior in the Greater Rochester area during 2021/2022 school year
  • Attending accredited college or university in Fall 2022

Nearly 200 applicants vied for this year’s ESL College Scholarship, providing 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 ESL’s purpose, students were encouraged to write 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 391,000 members and 14,000 businesses. Founded in 1920, the company provides personal banking, business banking, mortgage services and wealth management services through its locally based 23-branch network; telephone, mobile and online banking; and live chat center.

The Rochester-based financial institution employs approximately 920 people in the Greater Rochester area and holds more than $9.2 billion in assets. Since 1996, ESL has paid out 27 consecutive Owners’ Dividends to its members, totaling more than $240 million. Since the creation of its Community Impact initiative in 2018, ESL has reinvested more than $70 million in grants throughout the community. The company has appeared on the Great Place to Work® Best Small & Medium Workplaces list for 11 years, since 2010. ESL Federal Credit Union is headquartered at 225 Chestnut Street, in Rochester and can be found online at

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For more information, contact:

Josh Baer
Manager, Corporate Communications