Great Lakes Credit Union (GLCU) is pleased to announce the six exceptional recipients of its annual Member Scholarship program. Each student will receive a $2,500 scholarship to further their education in an accredited technical school, trade school, or a four-year college or university.

GLCU's Member Scholarship program reinforces the credit union's deep commitment to supporting its members' educational development and financial wellness. By aiding their academic journeys, GLCU is investing in the promising futures of its members.

"We are immensely proud of these remarkable young individuals," said Matthew Rizzie, Executive Director of the GLCU Foundation for Financial Empowerment. "Their dedication to academic excellence and commitment to positively impacting their communities is truly inspiring. We are thrilled to support them as they take their next steps towards achieving their educational and professional goals."

To celebrate the scholarship winners, GLCU hosted a reception at the Bannockburn headquarters. The scholarship winners enjoyed refreshments, received their award certificates, and heard encouraging speeches from GLCU President and CEO, Steve Bugg, and the Board Chair, Stephen Park.

For students to be eligible for the scholarship, they needed to be a GLCU member; planning to attend or currently attending an accredited post-secondary institution or technical vocational or trade school; and have a minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA on a 4.00 scale.

Meet the 2023 GLCU Scholarship Recipients

The 2023 recipients are Bruno Butkus, Jared Dawkins, Kara Eng, Marco Lee, Eva Silver, and Guadalupe Vazquez. These deserving students were selected based on their outstanding academic achievements, dedication to their communities, and commitment to their future studies.

Bruno Butkus is a graduating senior from Lincoln-Way Central High School. Bruno will be attending the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where he plans to major in Biology.

Jared Dawkins, a senior at Zion-Benton Township High School, will be studying Marketing & Organization and Strategic Management with a minor in Business Analytics at Washington University.

Kara Eng, who has completed her high school coursework through Living Truth Academy, is headed to the University of Texas at Austin to pursue Speech, Language, and Hearing Science.

Marco Lee, from Naperville North High School, has chosen St. Louis University-Student Financial Services for his International Business studies.

Eva Silver, a sophomore at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is studying Human Development and Family Studies with an emphasis on Psychology.

Lastly, Guadalupe Vazquez, a senior at Loyola Academy, is set to attend Harvard University, where she will major in Environmental Engineering.

About Great Lakes Credit Union

Founded in 1938 and headquartered in Northern Illinois, Great Lakes Credit Union is banking for a greater good. As a not-for-profit financial cooperative with over $1.3 billion in assets, GLCU is proud to serve around 80,000 members in Chicagoland and surrounding areas, and to give back to its members and communities through education, volunteerism, and partnerships. Learn more about GLCU’s accounts, educational initiatives, and community development programs at

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