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Education First FCU donates over $50,000 to local schools

by Cornerstone Credit Union League | Feb 06, 2020

Education First Federal Credit Union recently hosted its fifth annual “We're Paying It Forward” luncheon, where it distributed more than $50,000 in donations to administrators from 136 schools in the Southeast Texas community.

Education First FCU
Kevin Conn (far right), president & CEO-elect, Education First FCU, presents Roger, Bemis (left), principal, Monsignor Kelly Catholic High School; and Lindsey Ramey (center), director of advancement, Monsignor Kelly Catholic High School; with a donation from the credit union’s We’re Paying It Forward Program.

The donations are derived from its We're Paying It Forward program, which was started in 2014 as a way to allow members to be directly involved with the credit union’s support of education in its local community. Through this program, when a member borrows from the credit union, Education First FCU directs a portion of the loan proceeds to the school of their choice. Each January, the credit union hosts a luncheon to present these schools with their checks.

Education First FCU, Marinette
Marinette Parkerson, coordinator of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) at the Beaumont ISD, celebrates her school district’s donation from Education First FCU’s We’re Paying It Forward program.

The event has tripled in size over the last five years, and the credit union has provided over $200,000 in unrestricted funding to local schools.

Education First FCU, Little Cypress-Mauriceville
Educators from Little Cypress-Mauriceville Consolidated Independent School District (CISD) attend Education First FCU’s We’re Paying It Forward luncheon. Pictured from left are Tessa Humble, assistant principal Little Cypress Elementary School; Michael Ridout, principal, Little Cypress Intermediate School; Julia Dickerson, executive director of elementary schools, Little Cypress-Mauriceville CISD; Stacey Brister, superintendent, Little Cypress-Mauriceville CISD; and Sherry Combs, community relations coordinator; Little Cypress-Mauriceville CISD.