Warren A. Morrow Memorial Scholarship Winner

posted on Thursday, June 30, 2022 in Announcements

Araceli Tapetillo

Araceli Tapetillo, a 2022 graduate of Cardinal High School in Eldon, Iowa, and member of Community 1st Credit Union, recently received a $1,500 Warren A. Morrow Memorial Scholarship, which was one of eight scholarships awarded in the high school category. These awards are presented through the Iowa Credit Union Foundation (ICUF) each year to credit union members who are pursuing higher education.

Applicants were asked to complete the designated online entry form and answer an essay question in no more than 500 words.

This year, applicants were asked to describe how an emergency savings account is more crucial than ever, since March 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic hit and the US economy has been tremendously impacted. And describe how someone might utilize their credit union to focus on saving. Applicants are encouraged to share personal examples in their essay.

Applicants must be a member of a credit union within the state of Iowa to qualify, and this year there were over 250 total applications.

The Iowa Credit Union Foundation awarded 12 scholarships totaling $23,000 - eight of those were in the high school senior category, and four were in the post-high school category.

“The mission of the Iowa Credit Union Foundation (ICUF) is to champion well-being for all, guided by the credit union philosophy of people helping people,” said Ena Babic Barnes, Executive Director, ICUF. “We do this through critical programs such as the Warren A. Morrow Memorial Scholarship. This year’s scholarship finalists demonstrated a strong passion for their credit union and outstanding knowledge on the essay topics.”