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

Rochester, NY — For the sixth consecutive year, ESL Federal Credit Union has awarded college-bound high school students with a $2,000 scholarship from ESL’s College Scholarship program. This year, in celebration of the company’s 100th anniversary, ESL recognized ten students who demonstrate how they help our community in a unique and meaningful way.

This year’s scholarship award recipients include:

  • Jennifer Adler, East Rochester High School
  • Elizabeth (Liza) Cotter, Allendale Columbia School
  • Harrison Davis, The Harley School
  • Sophia Harvey, Victor Senior High School
  • Jasmine Kiley, Penfield High School
  • Mason Kuhn, Kendall Jr/Sr High School
  • Somayya Upal, Pittsford Sutherland High School
  • Emma Magioncalda, Our Lady of Mercy
  • David Munechika, Fairport High School
  • Ijeoma Nwugwo, Victor Senior High School

“These ESL College Scholarships help offset the rising costs of a college education and recognizes the exemplary achievements of students who make positive contributions to our community,” said Celeste Kier, Senior Vice President/Director, Marketing & Customer Experience, ESL Federal Credit Union. “Investing in the education of our youth by assisting with student success is one important way to help make Rochester a better place to live, work, and raise a family.”

To be eligible, applicants must have been:

  • A member in good standing at ESL Federal Credit Union
  • A high school senior in the Greater Rochester area during 2019/2020 school year
  • Attending accredited college or university in Fall 2020

Nearly 250 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. 

About ESL Federal Credit Union

With 100 years of locally-owned history, ESL Federal Credit Union serves as a full-service financial institution to more than 370,000 members. Founded in 1920, the company provides personal banking, business banking, mortgage services, 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 850 people in in the Greater Rochester area and holds more than $6.9 billion in assets. Since 1996, ESL has paid out 25 consecutive Owners’ Dividends to its members totaling more than $170 million. 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 online at

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For more information, contact:

Rich Pulvino, APR
Vice President/Director, Corporate Communications