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Sun East Recognizes Local Students and Teachers with Service Awards

two students and one teacher with their awards

Aston, PAJuly 14, 2022 – 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 which hold a charter membership with Sun East, and who’ve made a positive impact through their volunteerism within the last year. Sun East is proud to announce the 2022 recipients – each received a certificate of service and a monetary award.

High School Recipients

Chichester High School Jacob Maiale
Springfield High School Katelyn Gehrman
Oxford Area High School Emily Washkalavitch
The Christian Academy Mattie Kyler
Sun Valley High School Nicole Buscaglia

College Students

Holy Family University Courtney Wolf
Neumann University Dariana Troilo

Sun East Federal Credit Union Awards

Member Award – West Chester University Emma Stewart
Member Award – West Chester University Victoria Clayton
Employee Award – Sun Valley High School Allison Walters
Employee Award – MOT Charter School Madison Corbett

K-8 Grade Recipient

Holy Family Regional Catholic School Kayla Stewart
Educational Awards (Recognizing Adult Literacy Programs)
Delaware County Literacy Council Melis May Sagay

“It is so gratifying to see our philosophy of “people helping people” carried out by students in our community; and it’s our honor to recognize their efforts and encourage them to continue to be role models for others.” said Terri Lannon, Senior Director, Community Outreach for Sun East.


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

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

The award application is open to all educators who teach in schools that are part of the credit union’s charter membership 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.


Pennell Elementary School Gabby Trofa
Sharon Hill School Suzanne Swoyer
Sun Valley High School Jill Bednar


To date, Sun East has distributed approximately $295,000 in student and teacher awards since 2003. For more information or to apply for the 2023 awards, go to:

About Sun East:

Sun East Federal Credit Union, founded in 1949, is a full-service, not-for-profit financial institution serving the savings, borrowing, investing, and virtual banking needs of more than 52,300 members, over 1,200 employers, and multiple other organizations in Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New Jersey. Sun East has over $768 million in assets with branches throughout the Tri-State area, nationwide ATM access, as well as online and mobile banking. Support of local charitable and community outreach initiatives on behalf of Sun East is facilitated through the Sun East Foundation. To join, volunteer, or donate to the Sun East Foundation, visit For more information or to join Sun East Federal Credit Union, call 1-877-5-SUNEAST, visit, or follow @SunEastFCU.



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