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ESL Presents Work Scholarships to Five MCC 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 are pleased to announce their sixth class of ESL/MCC Scholars, an earn-and-learn program to prepare students for a career in banking and finance. Students were recently welcomed to the ESL team at a scholars’ ceremony at ESL headquarters in downtown Rochester. The five students selected for this program are:

  1. Ranses Beltre-Romero
  2. Andrew Friden
  3. Emily Goossen
  4. My Phan
  5. Benazir Reza

Students are offered a part-time, paid position at one of ESL’s 23 local branches, and a $1,000 scholarship for each semester they participate. 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 within the banking and finance industry. Through this collaboration, MCC students also have the option to obtain academic credit for their work experience.

“Investing in education is one of the best investments we can make in a lifetime. The ESL/MCC Scholars’ program is one of our greatest investments at ESL as it supports the educational journey of our future leaders,” said Maureen Wolfe, executive vice president, human resources and community impact, ESL Federal Credit Union. “Our Purpose at ESL is to help our community thrive and prosper, and as we welcome our fifth class of Scholars, this will ensure that ESL, in collaboration with Monroe Community College, are serving as helpful and supportive resources for students.” [disclosure: Wolfe is a board member for the MCC Foundation]

“MCC is grateful for of our longstanding partnership with ESL and congratulates the new class of ESL/MCC Scholars,” said DeAnna Burt-Nanna, Ph.D., president of Monroe Community College. “These MCC students will have the valuable opportunity to learn and experience firsthand the banking and finance industry from dedicated ESL professionals. This partnership with ESL demonstrates the positive impact made possible through philanthropy to promote the economic vitality of our community by uplifting the lives of our MCC students.”

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 college or university (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.

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 394,000 members and 14,700 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 900 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 $241 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:

Rich Pulvino, APR
VP/Director, Marketing