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Polish & Slavic FCU Awards $5,000 Scholarship to Rising Star Gymnast

Brooklyn, NY - January 3, 2022 - Gymnast Paul Juda became the Polish & Slavic Federal Credit Union’s 2021 Rising Star. The 20-year-old member of the U.S. national gymnastics team received on Monday the title and a scholarship in the amount of $5,000.

Paul Juda, resident of Deerfield, Illinois, is a PSFCU Member and a 3rd year psychology student at the University of Michigan, where he also practices gymnastics. He is a member of the U.S. gymnastics team and in 2019, he won a bronze medal at the US national championships on the horizontal bar. "This award will motivate me to work even harder and represent the University of Michigan, the Polish-American community and the United States in the best possible way in the upcoming sports events," said Paul Juda. He admitted that his goal is to perform during the Olympic Games in Paris in 2024 and to win a medal for the U.S. national team.

The laureate dedicated the scholarship and the title of the PSFCU Rising Star to his parents - Ewa and Jozef - who left Poland years ago to settle in the United States where, even though they "had neither money nor contacts," they were able to ensure the well-being of themselves and their children. “This award is also a tribute to my parents, thanks to whom I have been able to practice gymnastics for over 15 years. I remember the taste of so many lollipops that I received when we came with my parents to our Credit Union branch to deposit their hard-earned money into the account," said Paul Juda.

The PSFCU Rising Star scholarship has been awarded for the fifth time. The award was established in 2014 as part of the PSFCU Scholarship Program to reward young members of the Polish & Slavic Federal Credit Union based on a candidate's specific achievements in "the field of science, sports, music, art, leadership or special talent, documented on the national or international level." Previous scholarship winners include: swimmer Michal Domagala (2014), Monika Aksamit - bronze medalist in fencing at the Rio De Janeiro Olympic Games in 2016 (2016), gymnast Tymoteusz Kutyla (2018) and singer Natalia Kawalec (2019).

ABOUT PSFCU

Founded in Brooklyn, NY in 1976, PSFCU is the largest ethnic credit union in the U.S. with $2.5 billion in assets. It offers carefully tailored financial products and services to its 140,000 members and their families throughout the country, mainly through its 21 branches in New York, New Jersey, Illinois and Pennsylvania. Long known for its commitment to the communities it serves, the credit union proudly sponsors and supports countless Polish-American organizations, schools, churches and cultural events that all help make local neighborhoods succeed and thrive.


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