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High School Essay Participants Learn Credit Union Values

Published March 22, 2017

Each year for an annual high school essay competition, Meriwest Credit Union asks young members to “think outside the box” and give a different perspective of how they see a credit union. The annual competition is designed to motivate and support high school students in grades 9-12 who are planning to continue their academic achievements in college. 

This year, they were posed the question: “The credit union philosophy is ‘people helping people’. What could credit unions do to make this philosophy relevant to students?” Meriwest’s student members did not disappoint with their answers.

This year’s topic challenged our students to suggest ways a credit union can continue to benefit students through products, services and community outreach in support of our “people helping people” philosophy. This year’s competition challenged our youthful members to familiarize themselves with the benefits and philosophy of the credit union movement. We are so excited to share many took it upon themselves to learn more about the facts and benefits of credit unions, and how they differ from traditional banks.

“It’s encouraging to see that students today understand the role of ‘people helping people,’” SVP and Chief Experience Officer Tony Cortez said. “From a credit union perspective or from a life perspective, these students believe in outreach and objectives that can make a difference for others financially. I look forward to seeing what they accomplish in their future endeavors.”

Our first place high school senior, Rachel B., had a variety of creative and insightful suggestions. The most compelling and relevant suggestion, we found, was classes to educate students on the benefits of financial literacy. “Students shouldn’t have to enter the real world without having basic information about how to handle their money,” she said. “Credit Unions could teach students wise ways to invest their money and stay out of unnecessary debt.” Meriwest Credit Union couldn’t agree more, and currently provides a variety of presentation topics to local students.

“This year’s recipients of the essay competition truly raised the bar with an amazing ability to fully appreciate the honor of ‘people helping people’ and particularly as it relates to their peers,” President and CEO Julie Kirsch said. “Helping people is one of Meriwest’s core values and we were truly excited to see many great ideas that we can put into action.”

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