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KCCU Announces 2022 Scholarship Recipients5/11/2022

KCCU Invests in Student’s Futures with Scholarships 

Kellogg Community Credit Union is investing in the future of our local students by awarding 10 KCCU College Scholarships! The KCCU Scholarship provides $1,000 towards tuition for students attending an accredited Michigan college, university, or trade school. We are  thrilled to announce that we enhanced the program this year by awarding twice as many scholarships! After reviewing all the scholarship entries, KCCU would like to congratulate these ten deserving recipients who were selected for their outstanding achievements:

Braelyn Roach

Braelyn Roach

Braelyn is a 2018 Athens High School graduate and is going into her senior year at Grand Valley State University. Braelyn plans to become a Special Education teacher and is currently doing her student teaching at Battle Creek Central High School.  

Brisa Hernandez

Brisa Hernandez

Brisa is a 2021 Lakeview High School graduate and is currently attending Western Michigan University where she is taking pre-med courses. Brisa aspires to be a pediatrician. She is involved in several student organizations including, Nxt Gen, Latino Student Alliance, and A Moment of Magic.

Sharon Kingston

Sharon Kingston

Sharon is a nontraditional and first-generation college student, attending Kalamazoo Valley Community College for business management. She aspires to start her own catering business. 

Claire Keegan

Claire Keegan

Claire is a class of 2022 student at Gull Lake Virtual Partnership and Kalamazoo Area Math and Science Center. Claire will attend the University of Michigan to pursue a degree in Computer Science with a minor in dance. Claire devotes much of her spare time taking dance lessons, mentoring young dancers, and performing at Children’s hospitals. She also volunteers her time at the Comstock Township Library and sews baby care items for local charities.

Gage Stenger

Gage Stenger

Gage is a Vicksburg High School senior. He plans to attend Western Michigan University to pursue a degree in Chemistry. While attending high school, he was involved in National Honor Society, tennis, track and field, hockey, and was class president all four years he attended high school.

Jack Austin

Jack Austin

Jack is a Lakeview High School senior. He plans to attend Western Michigan University to pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts in musical theatre and a teaching certificate, so that he may become a theatre teacher and director. While in high school, he was involved in National Honor Society, Lakeview Show Choir, Lakeview Theatre department, and was a part of an outside theatre company that presented two musicals.

Rachel Myers

Rachel Myers

Rachel is a class of 2022 St. Philip Catholic Central student. She plans to attend Central Michigan University for biology/pre-med, to eventually become a pediatrician. While in high school, Rachel played varsity volleyball, basketball, and softball. She was Vice President of the National Honor Society, President of Interact, and volunteered for a variety of service projects.

Sara Bussey

Sara Bussey

Sara is a 2022 Kalamazoo Christian High School graduate. She plans to attend either Western Michigan University or University of Michigan for a degree in biochemistry to later pursue a Pharmacy degree. During high school, Sara was involved in a variety of extracurricular activities including piano, quiz bowl, school theatre, church Bell Choir, Concert Band, Chinese lessons, and volunteering in the community.

Therese Campos

Therese Campos

Therese is a 2022 St Phillip Central High School graduate. She plans to attend the University of Michigan for a degree in Movement Science to eventually become an occupational therapist. During high school she played varsity soccer, track, cross country, and basketball. She was also involved in yearbook, student government, the robotics team, National Honor Society, and more!

Brayden Shifflett

Brayden Shifflett

Brayden is a 2022 Harper Creek High School graduate. He plans to attend Grand Valley State University to pursue a health career. During high school, Brayden played football and also ran cross country and track.

As a credit union, KCCU is founded on the philosophy of ‘people helping people,’ by offering scholarships to assist individuals with the increasing cost of higher education, KCCU is reinforcing its commitment to the financial and educational success of its members.

“At KCCU we consider these scholarships an investment in the future leaders of our world, as well as an investment in our community,” said Tracy Miller, CEO of Kellogg Community Credit Union. “To be part of their next steps after high school and help them reach their educational goals is something we look forward to every year. We are wishing them all the best in their future endeavors.”

The Kellogg Community Credit Union Scholarship Program was established to assist KCCU members who are planning to attend or currently attend an accredited Michigan college or university or are working towards a certification or degree program in the trades at state supported community colleges. 2022 marks the thirty-fourth year of KCCU’s scholarship program, and since its inception they have awarded roughly $175,000 to local students. KCCU’s Board of Directors, Management, and Staff congratulate the 2022 scholarship winners, and thank the many other exceptional students who applied.

 


KCCU Supports Community Food Banks3/24/2022

  KCCU presents check to Feeding America West Michigan
 KCCU team members presented a check for $500 to Susie Dutcher, Corporate Partnerships Manager at Feeding America West Michigan

March 23, 2022

KCCU hosted a food drive in celebration of National Canned Food month. We invited our members, team, and community to bring nonperishable food items to any branch location during the month of February.We are excited to announce the food drive was a great success and will have an immediate impact on the local communities.

Since the pandemic started, food banks and pantries have consistently seen an increase in demand. KCCU took notice to this and wanted to live out their mission of people helping people. By partnering with local charities, KCCU strives to make their communities stronger by providing support for those experiencing food insecurity.

KCCU collected over 560lbs of food and pledged $500 to the South Michigan Food Bank, serving southern counties of Michigan, and $500 to Feeding America West Michigan, which serves the Western and Northern counties of Michigan.

With food banks heavily relying on assistance from volunteers to package and prepare food donations, KCCU team members stepped up to also volunteer time at the South Michigan Food Bank. Through our food and monetary donations, as well as volunteer effort, we provided a total of 6,669 meals to those in need.

KCCU team presents donation check to South Michigan Food Bank
 KCCU team members, presented a check for $500 to the South Michigan Food Bank.

“I am humbled by the heartwarming generosity of our members, team, and community,” said Tracy Miller, KCCU’s CEO. “Everyone came to together to help our neighbors in need, so that no person, child, or family facing food insecurity has to wonder where their next meal will come from. We are also grateful for the hard work and dedication that the South Michigan Food Bank and Feeding America West Michigan put forth to help fight hunger in our communities. We are so proud to be a longtime supporter of the local food banks.”

"This $500 gift from Kellogg Community Credit Union will help Feeding America West Michigan provide 2,000 meals worth of food to neighbors in need!" reported Susie Dutcher, Corporate Partnership Manager for Feeding American West Michigan.

Summer Sunnock, Advancement Director for the South Michigan Food Bank, states, “We are grateful to have such an excellent partner in Kellogg Community Credit Union. They not only provided funds, food, and volunteer time during their fundraiser; they care deeply about our community!Over 1,500 people will recevie food because of their efforts alone - thank you for your passion & dedication.”

 


KCCU to Open Convenient New Branch in Downtown Marshall3/4/2022

Future Marshall branch

February 23, 2022

We are excited to announce that our Marshall branch will move to a new location in 2022! KCCU recently purchased the historic building located at 107 N. Park Avenue – across the street from the Brooks Memorial fountain and just down the road from their current branch.

The new branch location will allow KCCU to offer members more convenient ways to do their banking with access to drive-up banking and a 24-hour ATM.  We will continue to offer a full array of financial services for a one stop shop experience, including: assistance with daily transactions; savings and high dividend checking accounts; auto and other loans; mortgages; investment services; commercial accounts including lending ­- all with the world-class and local service KCCU members deserve. 
 
“We have been a part of the Marshall community for 13 years, and during that time, we have enjoyed establishing relationships with the people and local businesses in the community,” stated Tracy Miller, KCCU’s CEO. “The new location will allow us to enhance the member experience by having the convenience of doing banking through a drive-up or by coming in the branch. We look forward to serving our existing members as well as new members and businesses, in our new larger building.  We encourage the community to stop in and see us when we open, we look forward to meeting you!”
 
Over the next several months KCCU will be working to renovate the space of their new permanent home by the fountain in Marshall. KCCU will continue to serve members at their existing location at 15877 W. Michigan Ave. next to Family Fare, until their new branch is open. Watch for updates over the next few months on KCCU’s social media pages.

KCCU Featured in CreditUnions.com Article3/1/2022

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Kellogg Community Credit Union was featured in a recent creditunions.com article. The article showcases KCCU's balance between loan growth and member impact, and how KCCU strives to provide greater value in the products and services offered to members. Want to learn more? Read the article here.


KCCU Supports The American Heart Association's Kids Heart Challenge6/14/2021

Donation to AHA

Photo caption: Rori Ross, KCCU’s Vice President Marketing presents Margo Tramel, Youth Market Director, at American Heart Association with a check for $1,000.

KCCU proudly donated $1,000 to help support the American Heart Association’s (AHA) Kids Heart Challenge. The funds are being used as part of the Adopt a School program and will greatly assist the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) Academy in Comstock Public Schools.

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KCCU Announces College Scholarship Recipients6/1/2021

Annalise McKay 2021 KCCU Scholarship Recipient

Annalise McKay

Annalise is a 2021 Gull Lake High School graduate, where she played four years of soccer, and was active in the Environmental Club, DECA, National Honor's Society, and Spanish Honor's Society. Annalise will be attending Michigan State University where she plans to pursue a degree in Marketing / Advertising. 

Abbey Hicks 2021 KCCU Scholarship Recipient

Abbey Hicks

Abbey Hicks is a 2021 Harper Creek High School graduate, where she played varsity basketball. She is active in her church as a worship leader, and participates in prayer group and mission trips. She plans to attend Spring Arbor University where she will pursue a degree in Psychology. Abbey has a passion for helping people and plans to become a licensed therapist. 

Joel Metzger 2021 KCCU Scholarship Recipient

Joel Metzger

Joel is a 2021 Lakeview High School graduate, where he was varsity captain of the football, swimming, and baseball teams. He was an active member of National Honor's Society, Friends Forever, and Radient Church. He also like to develop apps and successfully created an app used to help sports teams coordinate transportation for players to and from practice. Joel will be attending the University of Michigan in the fall to study Computer Science, Economics, and Mathematics to pursue a career in quantitative trading.

Heather Rose 2021  KCCU Scholarship Recipient

Heather Rose

Heather is a 2005 Pennfield High School graduate. After a decade of being a stay at home mother of two, and Sunday school teacher at her church, Heather decided to return to school to pursue her lifelong dream of become a teacher. She is currently attending Western Michigan University, where she is working toward teaching certificates for grades K-5, as well as a specialty certificate for middle school mathematics. Outside of school and raising her children, she is actively involved in school organizations for both herself and her children. She served as President of the North Pennfield Elementary PTO, President of the Education Club at Kellogg Community College, and President of Kellogg Community College Book Club.

Matthew Dubravec 2021 KCCU Scholarship Recipient

Matthew Dubravec

Matthew is a 2021 Rockford High School graduate. He plans to attend the University of Michigan to pursue a degree in engineering. Outside of school, Matthew is a longtime volunteer ski instructor for Cannonsburg Challenged Ski Association, helping skiers with disabilities. He is also a youth coordinator for his church, a community education soccer referee, and is active member of club sailing regattas.