Tri-Town FCU Scholarships

Beginning in 2002, Tri-Town has granted scholarships to credit union members or their relatives.  Each year the Scholarship Committee reviews all applications carefully. All reviews are done "blind", that is all identifying information is removed before the committee receives the files. Applications are available beginning each January 1st and must be returned by March 31st. The scholarship recipients are announced at the Annual Meeting in Late April or early May. To date, over $11,000 has been granted academically worthy students.

Our scholarships are named after three individuals who have had a lasting impact on the credit union.

Phyllis and Jay Van Zandt ran the credit union from their home from its infancy in 1955 until Phyllis's retirement in 1977; Jay Van Zandt remained involved as a member of the Board of Directors and as a consultant until his passing in 1993.

Constance K. Dion was a fifteen year employee of Tri-Town, starting as a part-time member service representative and growing with the credit union, rising to the position of Operations Specialist. Connie was a fixture in the office until her untimely passing in 1996.

In 2008, a third scholarship was added in memory of long time Board President Donald Miklus. Don's thorough understanding of the financial statements was invaluable to the Board and Management for the fourteen years he served. His sudden passing in early 2008 left a void that cannot be filled.

2017 Scholarships

Applications for the 2017 scholarships are now available. You may pick one up at the office or download a copy from the link below.

2017 Scholarship Application

2016 Recipients

Mariah Ventrella
Marian is a senior at Norwalk High School and plans to attend Endicott College to study Exercise Science. She has trained to be an Emergency Medical Technician and plans to become a Doctor of Physical Therapy.
Joseph Bairaktaris
Joseph is a senior at Staples High School in Westport and will be attending Johnson & Wales University to study Criminal Justice and is also an EMT.
Walker Marsh
Walker is a junior at Emory University studying Chemistry and Math. He plans on applying to medical school during his senior year.
Gabrielle Arena
Gabrielle is a senior at Norwalk High School. She is currently deciding which of four colleges to attend to study Accounting.

2015 Recipients

Austin Huffman
Austin is a senior at Newtown High School. His final choice of college has not been made as of yet but he plans to major in biology or becoming a physician's assistant.
Alexander Frawley
Alex is a freshman at the University of New Hampshire majoring in Marketing
Georgia Stone
Georgia Stone is a senior at Joel Barlow High School. She plans on attending Merrimack University and majoring in Early Childhood Education.
Amanda Lee
Amanda is a senior at Trumbull High School. She plans on attending Montclair State University to study Theater and Costume Design.

2014 Recipients

Audrey Vogel
Audrey is a senior at Trumbull High School. She plans on attending the University of Hartford to study Elementary and Special Education in a dual degree program and to continue on to a Master's Degree in Behavioral Analysis. She is also the daughter of CU staff member Faith Vogel.
Christopher Giunta
Christopher is currently attending Quinnipiac University in their Doctoral program for Physical Therapy. He is consistently on the Dean's List and is looking forward to the Clinical Training phase of his education and getting hands-on experience.
Anne Moeder
Anne is a senior at Fairfield Ludlow High School. She plans on attending Clemson University to study Communication. Throughout High School she has been activity in extracurricular activities such as Key Club, Track and Field and volunteering in the community.
Emily Bludnicki
Emily is a senior at Lyman Hall High School in Wallingford. She plans on attending Northeastern University to pursue her goal of becoming a Nurse Practitioner. She already volunteers in the medical field working with both senior citizens and children. She is also the Granddaughter of retired Board Member Ed Bludnicki.

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2013 Recipients

Amy Salvato
Amy is a senior at Wilton High School and plans to attend Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida to study Business and Nutrition. Throughout her High School Career she has maintained an impressive record of volunteer activities while achieving the Honor Roll for four years.
Kyle Frawley
Kyle is a senior at Jonathan Law High School in Milford, but is no stranger to Westport. In addition to having a father in the Westport school system he has worked summers for the Westport Parks and Rec for several years. He plans to attend Central Connecticut State University to study mechanical engineering and sustainability.

2012 Recipients

Rachel A Williams
Maeve Flaherty

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2011 Recipients

Chelsea Binkowski
Rebecca House

2010 Recipients

Nikenge Blue
Joanne Mencarelli

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2009 Recipients

Samantha Williams
Victoria Pritchard

2008 Recipients

Natasha Kokoszka
Willow Ritch
Colby Mello

2007 Recipients

Marianne F. Jarboe
Sarah Pritchard

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2006 Recipient

Sarah Pritchard

2005 Recipients

Lauren Dovo
Daniel Jarboe

2004 Recipients

Velvet Ritch
Marissa Miraval

2003 Recipients

Natalie Vena
Brett Jones

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