May 20, 2020 - Financial Plus Credit Union Announces the 2020 "You are the Future" Scholarship Winners!

by Kristen Zielinski | May 20, 2020
          Erica Behnfeldt             Sam Buckingham 

May 20, 2020
By Financial Plus Credit Union

FLINT, MI – Financial Plus Credit Union is proud to announce the two winners, Erica Behnfeldt and Sam Buckingham, of its 5th Annual “You are the Future” scholarship. Each winner will receive a $1,000 scholarship to use in the 2020-2021 academic school year. Scholarships can be applied towards tuition, fees, books, and room and board.

 “Supporting higher education is one of the primary goals of the scholarship program. We understand the rising cost of tuition and providing this opportunity will help offset a little of the expense.” Remarked, Olga Long, Vice President of Strategic Growth and Marketing. “We are thrilled to have awarded two deserving recipients, Erica and Sam, with our “You are the Future” scholarship. We were inspired by their dedication and passion towards community service while excelling in academics. We would also like to extend a thank you to all scholarship applicants. We wish them the best in their future educational endeavors.” Long commented.

Erica Behnfeldt of Fenton, will be attending Saginaw Valley State University this fall to pursue a degree in Biochemistry. She has volunteered hundreds of hours annually with organizations such as the VFW, Adopt-A-Pet animal shelter, Eastern Michigan Food Bank, and many more. Erica will be pursuing a career that combines her passion for science and the desire to make the world a better place. Sam Buckingham of Saginaw, will be attending Trine University this fall to pursue a degree in Chemical Engineering. He believes in the importance of forming youth with the sense they belong to something greater than themselves. Sam has worked with youth basketball camps, football camps, preparing food for the homeless, and more. In the future, Sam wants to start his own youth athletic camp.

Each winner was selected based on academics and their level of community involvement. Designated scholarship judges at Financial Plus Credit Union reviewed all scholarship entries and awarded the scholarship recipients based on attaining all eligibility requirements and contents of essay.

For questions about the “You are the Future” scholarship, please contact Kristen Brisbin, Public Relations and Social Media Specialist of Financial Plus Credit Union at (810) 244-2507 or visit

Financial Plus Credit Union is a Flint-based, member-owned, not-for-profit financial institution serving over 55,000 members in 34 counties in Michigan. Financial Plus Credit Union operates through eight conveniently located offices in Flint, Swartz Creek, Fenton, Grand Blanc, Howell, Saginaw, Davison, and the rest of the Tri-City area. For information, visit or call 800-748-0451.



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