From HAR-CO Maryland Federal Credit Union:
HAR-CO Maryland Federal Credit Union, Harford County’s education credit union, held true to its mission by awarding $15,000 in scholarships to graduating Harford County high school seniors this year.
HAR-CO has awarded the scholarships every year since 1985. Since then 229 students, including this year’s recipients, have benefitted from the program.
The process is competitive; this year there were 73 applicants. Stephen Remsnyder, HAR-CO Scholarship Committee Chairman, commented. “Our applicants have gotten very impressive in recent years. We had a good cross section of candidates.”
Applications are collected from every accredited high school in the County, and a $1,000 scholarship is available to one student from each school to help them as they start their college careers. In addition, two special scholarships are presented, one valued at $1,000 in memory of HAR-CO Board member and County teacher Edward V. Goetz to a student who plans to take up environmental studies, and a $3,000 HAR-CO Credit Union Scholarship for a student planning to attend Harford Community College. Applicants must be members of HAR-CO and submit a narrative application along with supporting materials.
HAR-CO President and CEO James Meehan explains why the scholarships matter to the credit union: “This is our 28th graduating class. We’re invested in our community. Our hope is that in ten years our scholarship winners will go on to invest in the community, too. Our experience is that Harford County graduates will go on to do important things.”
The scholarships mean different things for each student, but for all of them it’s a validation of their achievements. Tyler Stinar, winner of the Goetz scholarship this year, explains, “I live on a farm. The property we work made me interested in environmental science and now I’m going to go study that.” Tyler is the second member of his family to win a scholarship from HAR-CO, too.
Fallon Grace, winner of the $3,000 scholarship to Harford Community College, commented on her plans. “I’m going to study physical therapy, plus I’ve been accepted into the STEM program. I will be paying for college myself so this will be a huge help.”
HAR-CO Maryland Federal Credit Union awarded scholarships to all of these students:
Abigail M. Combs, North Harford High
Austin G. Tomaszewski, C. Milton Wright
Fallon R. Grace, Fallston High, HAR-CO Harford Community College Scholarship
Jennifer B. Kerr, Bel Air High
Kaitlyn M. Clifford, Harford Christian School
Kerry H. Bruso, Aberdeen High
Logenn T. Schoen, Patterson Mill
Madeleine J. Larrimore, Havre de Grace High
Madison B. Brown, Fallston High
Megan B. Rink, John Carroll School
Rebecca E. Postowski, Edgewood High
Tyler A. Stinar, North Harford High, Edward V. Goetz Memorial Scholarship
Zackary J. Valenti, Harford Technical High
For information on scholarship guidelines or credit union membership, visit any of the HAR-CO locations in Bel Air, Aberdeen, Abingdon or online at www.harcocu.org.