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Sun East FCU Recognizes Local Students and Teachers with Service Awards

(l to r) “People Helping People” award recipients Madison Simpson, Colton Haseltine, and Sana Ahmadi

Aston, PA – June 16, 2023 – Sun East Federal Credit Union annually recognizes several local students in the community who embody the organization’s philosophy of “People Helping People.” The recipients are selected from schools that are Select Employee Groups (SEGS) with Sun East, and who’ve made a positive impact through their volunteerism within the last year. Sun East is proud to announce the 2023 recipients – each received a certificate of service and a monetary award.

High School $1,000

Chichester High School Blake Bryant
Springfield High School Allison Gowman
Oxford Area High School Meilyn Smith
The Christian Academy Colton Haseltine
Sun Valley High School Aurora Maholik

College $1,000

Holy Family University Sana Ahmadi
Neumann University Awaji-onyi McFiberesima

Sun East Federal Credit Union Awards $1,000

Member Award – Immaculata University Theresa Arata
Member Award – Penn State University Sydney Kane
Member Award – Garnet Valley High School Abby Houpt
Employee Award – Saint Elizabeth’s High School Riley Eckhardt
Employee Award – Haverford Madison Simpson

K-8 Schools $200

Saint Thomas the Apostle James Campbell
Educational Awards* $200
Delaware County Literacy Council Mouneissa Togola
* Recognizing adult literacy programs

“I am so honored to recognize these amazing individuals for all they do in their communities. The People Helping People award is one of the many ways Sun East demonstrates our purpose-driven mission, and I look forward to acknowledging these recipients each year,” said Terri Lannon, the Senior Director of Corporate Responsibility for Sun East.


Sun East’s “Best Teacher Under the Sun” Award Honorees

Each year Sun East also awards local educators who consistently foster an empowering learning environment for their students. The Best Teacher Under the Sun award recognizes the outstanding achievements of teachers who – through their innovative and nurturing programs – inspire students to challenge themselves beyond the norm and recognize their capabilities.

The award application is open to all educators who teach in schools that are part of the credit union’s SEG program. School administrators, faculty, parents, and students can nominate teachers. The awards committee at Sun East selects one winning teacher from each category of elementary, middle, and high school levels. Recipients receive $500, and their respective school also receives a $500 contribution.

Congratulations to the 2023 award winners:


Aston Elementary School Kelsey Vidal
Northley Middle School Jessical Wooleyhan
Sun Valley High School Patricia Malaczewski


To date, Sun East has distributed more than $232,000 in student and teacher awards since 2003. For more information or to apply for the 2024 awards, go to:

About Sun East:

Sun East Federal Credit Union, founded in 1949, is a full-service, not-for-profit financial institution offering savings, borrowing, investing, and virtual banking needs to 50,000 + members, over 1,250 employers, and multiple other organizations in Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New Jersey. Sun East has over $877 million in assets with branches throughout the Tri-State area, nationwide ATM access, and online and mobile banking. For more information, call 877-5-SUNEAST or visit, or follow @SunEastFCU.



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