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Young members at Arsenal are recognized for their academic achievements, leadership roles and community involvement efforts

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Young members at Arsenal are recognized for their academic achievements, leadership roles and community involvement efforts

Arsenal’s five college credit union scholarship winners from this year’s competition all have high aspirations. They plan to pursue degrees in mechanical engineering, occupational therapy, marketing and mechatronics. With their acquired knowledge, they want to make advances in technology, develop engines that run with the least amount of wasted energy, help injured/ill people return to their normal daily activities, create advertisements that promote positive change, and help grow more food in less space for more people faster by using computers.

Finishing with the highest point total and earning a $1,500 scholarship from the credit union was Lori Eckhardt, a senior at Affton High School who will be attending the University of Kansas this fall.

The two runners-up were Jaynie Vanatta (Valmeyer High School/University of Missouri-Columbia) and Michael Simpson (Seckman High School/Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville). Each earned a $1,200 Arsenal credit union scholarship.

Victoria Hemingway and Arsenal Scholarship Committee Chair Randy Pratt

Those earning $750 scholarships to help fund their studies were Victoria Hemingway (Fox High School/St. Louis University) and Anthony Brown (Webster Groves High School/Washington University).

All maintained high grade point averages in high school and were described as “hard working,” “well rounded” and “driven” by those who wrote letters of recommendation for them. The competition was based on far more than just academics, however; other factors included extracurricular activities, community involvement and a written essay. Financial need was not part of the judging criteria. Serving as judges this year were five members of Arsenal’s Board of Directors: Randy Pratt, Gary Dierks, Bob Killion, Keith Emery and Juanita Novotny.

Photo at top, Arsenal scholarship winners from left to right: Michael Simpson (Seckman High School), Jaynie Vanatta (Valmeyer High School), Lori Eckhardt (Affton High School), Victoria Hemingway (Fox High School), Anthony Brown (Webster Groves High School)

To learn more about this year’s scholarship recipients, view this video.

Learn more about Arsenal’s community involvement efforts.

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