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ESL and MCC Present Work Scholarships to Four Students

Program aims to create pathway to careers, strengthen student opportunities, and reduce financial education costs.

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

  • Sincere Alston
  • Georgia Bardusch
  • Leanna Barnes
  • Mahjari Hutchinson

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.

“This continued partnership with Monroe Community College further enhances our commitment to developing, promoting, and retaining a talented, diverse workforce at ESL,” said Maureen Wolfe, Senior VP/Director, Human Resource & Community Impact. “Students have the opportunity to further their education and career experiences, with financial assistance, while completing their academic degrees.” [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.

According to MCC Provost and Vice President of Academic Services Andrea Wade, ESL Federal Credit Union’s generous investment in the ESL/MCC Scholars program prepares MCC students to succeed in the workplace. “ESL has opened an exclusive door of opportunity for our students to apply what they’ve learned at MCC to the fields of banking and finance. Because many MCC graduates continue to live and learn locally, the rewards of ESL’s investment in student success will be felt throughout our community. MCC is grateful for ESL’s partnership and support.”

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 348,000 members world-wide. The company provides personal, business banking, and wealth management services through its locally-based 21 branch network, telephone, mobile, online, and live chat center.

The Rochester-based financial institution employs more than 775 people in Rochester, New York and holds $6.0 billion in assets. The company has appeared on the Great Place to Work® Best Small & Medium Workplaces list for eight 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