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Great Erie Federal Credit Union (GEFCU) has awarded $1000 in college scholarships to two local high school seniors to help finance their college education. The students, members of GEFCU, were chosen based on their outstanding academic and extracurricular achievements.

“We are very pleased to award these scholarships to our hard-working young members,” said Robyn Young, CEO. “It proves that the ‘people helping people’ philosophy of the credit union movement is alive and well here in Western New York.

The high school seniors are each receiving a $500 scholarship award. The winner of the 2022 Great Erie Federal Credit Union Scholarship is Ethan Patterson of Orchard Park High School. Ethan plans to attend the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in the fall for software engineering. Zachary Lippitt of Orchard Park High School was awarded the Charlotte Ash Community Leader Scholarship and will be starting in the fall at Canisius College enrolled in the Physical Education and Health program.

The credit union was formed in 1952 by educators and administrators employed by the Orchard Park School District. In 2022, we proudly celebrate 70 years of service to our members and the community. We now service all of Erie County. Great Erie FCU is a full-service, non-profit, financial cooperative offering competitive rates on lending and deposit products. Our message is clear; we exist to serve our members. We invite you to become a member of our financial family. For information on becoming a credit union member call Great Erie Federal Credit Union at (716) 662-1311 or visit our website at

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