Northern Credit Union awards 26 students the Michelle D. Salisbury Memorial Scholarship

WATERTOWN, NY – Northern Credit Union recently awarded 26 students The Michelle D. Salisbury Memorial Scholarship as part of a partnership with the Northern New York Community Foundation.

The scholarship is in memory of Michelle Salisbury, a beloved Northern team member who died in a car accident in 2009. It recognizes college- or technical school-bound applicants based on academic achievements, extracurricular and community activities, and the quality of their written essay.

With the cost of higher education on the rise, many students look to scholarships to supplement funds to attend college, including unavoidable expenses like books, commuting costs, and dorm supplies that traditional scholarships and aid don’t always cover.

“Education is so important. It’s an investment in your future and allows students to grow and develop important skills in leadership, critical thinking, and technical expertise, opening the door of opportunity to potential career paths,” said Dan St. Hilaire, President and CEO of Northern Credit Union. “It’s an honor to provide scholarships to these bright, aspiring students, and we wish them well on the next leg of their journey to further their education.”

Each winner received an invitation to their local Northern Credit Union Relationship Center for a formal presentation where they received a copy of The Ideal Team Player by Patrick Lencioni, which was the basis of the essay component for the scholarship and a reflection of the type of team member Michelle was.

Winners from schools in Jefferson and Oswego Counties are:

• Andrew Eichhorn, LaFargeville
• Bridget Doherty, IHC
• Colby Randall, South Jefferson
• Elizabeth Costello, Alexandria Bay
• Madison White, Watertown
• Madison-Mae Wilder, Pulaski
• Mallory Marks, General Brown
• Mitchell Leeson, Indian River
• Natalie Wetterhahn, Thousand Islands
• Simarra Willet, Lyme
• Veronica Neff, Carthage

For more information about the scholarship program, visit the Northern New York Community Foundation website,

Photo Credit, Northern Credit Union, Carthage Relationship Center: (From left to right) Robert Hayes, Member Relationship Manager; Veronica Neff, Michelle D. Salisbury Scholarship recipient; and Andrew Neff, parent.

Northern Credit Union is a growing, federally insured financial institution and a leading provider of a full range of financial services to anyone who lives, works, worships or regularly conducts business in Jefferson, Lewis, St. Lawrence, Oswego, Clinton, Franklin, Onondaga and Madison Counties. Serving the financial needs of more than 34,000 members through world-class technology systems.

Northern Credit Union strives to create mutual value by providing personalized service and banking solutions.

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