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Tropical Financial Credit Union awards $10,000 in scholarships to local students • Coral Springs Talk

Shannon accepts her Tropical Financial Employee Scholarship. From left to right: Briana Britton, Shannon Feerick-Hillenbrand and Maday Rodriguez. {Tropical Financial Credit Union}

By Sharon Aron Baron

Three students, including one from Coral Springs, will have a little less financial stress heading into college thanks to a $10,000 scholarship from the Tropical Financial Credit Union.

As the cost of everyday items continues to skyrocket, students will have fewer worries about their tuition. This year, the Caisse Populaire awarded three scholarships totaling $10,000: a grand prize of $5,000 and two scholarships of $2,500.

Wyndham Lakes Island resident Shannon Feerick-Hillenbrand received a $5,000 scholarship. She graduated this spring from the Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart High School in Miami.

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His mother, Hillary, started with Tropical Financial when they took out a car loan and eventually two guardian accounts for their two children when they were around 13 years old. Both children continue to bank there and have learned to manage their money over the years.

Shannon will be present brown university in the fall, where she plans to major in political science. She says she hopes to bring about political change in the future.

“We are very proud of Shannon and her acceptance into an ivy league school with a very low acceptance rate,” said Hillary, who added that she was a competitive political debater in high school.

The other recipients are:

Sophia Elizabeth Hernandez is one of two winners of a $2,500 scholarship. After graduating from West Broward High School, she will be heading to Suffolk University in the fall to study English and creative writing. She is also a recipient of the National Hispanic Recognition Program.

Samantha Benjamin is the second recipient of a $2,500 scholarship from TFCU. A recent graduate of Hofstra University, Samantha begins medical school this summer at Meharry Medical College in Nashville. She decided she wanted to be a doctor at age 11 when her mother was diagnosed with cancer. Samantha’s mother is now a cancer survivor and she is well on her way to achieving her goal of becoming a doctor.

“When it comes to budgeting for today’s students, every little bit counts,” said Rick Shaw, President and CEO. “We are proud to offer these scholarships to deserving members who are ready to start a successful year in school and alleviate any financial hardship that may come with it.”

All applicants were required to submit an essay highlighting their personal and educational goals and how Tropical Financial has helped or could help them achieve their financial goals. Other factors are community involvement, charity work, and extracurricular activities.

This is the 10th year of the program to help local students continue their education.

Tropical Financial Credit Union is located at 8947 W Atlantic Blvd, Coral Springs, FL 33071.

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Sharon Aron Baron
Sharon Aron Baron

Editor of Talk Media and writer for Coral Springs Talk. CST was established in 2012 to provide information, opinions and entertainment to residents of Coral Springs and the rest of South Florida.