We’ve Got a Winner!

Freedom Member Wins Scholarship

Rachel Amrhein and Mike MacPherson
Rachel Amrhein (L) is presented a check for $1,000 from Mike MacPherson (R), Freedom President and CEO

Freedom member Rachel Amrhein’s essay on Credit Unions has earned her a $1,000 scholarship from the Maryland/DC Credit Union Foundation. Ms. Amrhein, who lives in Bel Air, is a a graduate of the John Carroll School and a junior at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Each year the Maryland/DC Credit Union Foundation awards twelve, $1,000-scholarships to eligible Credit Union members throughout Maryland and D.C. This year thirteen Freedom members entered an essay, video or photo in the competition.

2017’s essay topic was:  “As a credit union member, explain why someone should choose a credit union as their primary financial institution over alternative service providers, such as for-profit banks.”

Highlights of this year’s competition —

  • College-bound credit union members submitted a total of 328 essays
  • Another 58 photo entries were received
  • Twelve video applications were entered
  • Entries were scored by 104 volunteer judges
  • Judges recorded over 6,300 scores
  • Members from 57 MD & DC-based credit unions applied