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Affinity Federal Credit Union Foundation Awards $10,000 in Scholarships to Student Members

Basking Ridge, NJ  – The Affinity Federal Credit Union Foundation today announced the 2019 recipients of three student scholarships, awarding a total of $10,000 to the students.

Committed to strengthening the communities it serves, the Affinity Federal Credit Union Foundation awards scholarships in the amount of $1,000 per student to deserving members based on community involvement, academic achievement and extra-curricular activities.

The Robert L. Birkhahn Community Spirit Scholarship, dedicated to the late Affinity Executive Vice President Robert L. Birkhahn, is awarded to graduating seniors pursuing an undergraduate degree. This year’s recipients include:

  • Jamison Gould of Millstone Township, N.J., will be attending University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Jamie Linton of Warren, N.J., will be attending Drew University
  • Elise Leinaweaver of Hackettstown, N.J., will be attending Lesley University
  • Ryan Carnatz of Long Valley, N.J., will be attending Purdue University
  • Dane Schneider of Pottersville, N.J., will be attending Wake Forest University
  • Delphine Aibel of Hackensack, N.J., will be attending Pennsylvania State University

The Richard A. Romano Rutgers Scholarship, in honor of Richard A. Romano, Sr., longtime volunteer on the Affinity Federal Credit Union Board of Directors and Supervisory Committee, is awarded to students planning to enroll, transfer or continue their education at Rutgers University. This year’s scholarship has been awarded to:

  • Kaitlin Cheung of Hackettstown, N.J.
  • Samantha Prevete of Budd Lake, N.J.

The Affinity Continuing Education Scholarship is awarded to students planning to continue their degree at a two- or four-year college or university. This year’s scholarship has been awarded to:

  • Catriona Ferguson of Lebanon, N.J., who will be attending Ithaca College
  • Vaishnavi Dhulkhed of Piscataway, N.J., who will be attending Cornell University

For additional information about Affinity Federal Credit Union, or to speak with an executive from the company, contact Ashley Duvall of Stern Strategy Group at aduvall@sternstrategy.com or 908-325-3865.

About the Affinity Federal Credit Union Foundation:

The AFCU Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the Affinity Federal Credit Union and its Community Connected. The Foundation delivers financial education resources to empower vulnerable populations through financial independence. We also invest in local, grassroots organizations that support those in need, both through contributing grant dollars and also connecting charities with skilled volunteers to elevate their mission. Through our volunteer efforts, the Foundation works to strengthen communities by providing the helping hand many don’t have or even realize they need.

About Affinity Federal Credit Union:

With more than 20 branches across the tri-state area, Affinity is the largest credit union headquartered in the state of New Jersey, proudly ranking in the top 2% of all credit unions in terms of asset size1. It is a member-owned, not-for-profit, full-service financial institution federally insured by the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA). For more information, visit affinityfcu.com.


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