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Beginning in 2002, Tri-Town has granted scholarships to credit union members or their relatives.  Each year the Scholarship Committee reviews all applications carefully. All reviews are done “blind”, that is all identifying information is removed before the committee receives the files. Applications are available beginning each January 1st and must be returned by March 31st. The scholarship recipients are announced at the Annual Meeting in Late April or early May. To date, over $11,000 has been granted academically worthy students.

Our scholarships are named after three individuals who have had a lasting impact on the credit union.

Phyllis and Jay Van Zandt ran the credit union from their home from its infancy in 1955 until Phyllis’s retirement in 1977; Jay Van Zandt remained involved as a member of the Board of Directors and as a consultant until his passing in 1993.

Constance K. Dion was a fifteen year employee of Tri-Town, starting as a part-time member service representative and growing with the credit union, rising to the position of Operations Specialist. Connie was a fixture in the office until her untimely passing in 1996.

In 2008, a third scholarship was added in memory of long time Board President Donald Miklus. Don’s thorough understanding of the financial statements was invaluable to the Board and Management for the fourteen years he served. His sudden passing in early 2008 left a void that cannot be filled.

2019-2020 School Year Scholarships

There will be up to four $500 scholarships offered for the 2019-2020 school year. Applications are available now. You can pick one up at the office or download a copy from the link below.



2018 Recipients

Michelle Gabriele
Michelle is an honor student at Bunnell High School in Stratford and will be attending Sacred Heart University this fall pursuing a career as a Doctor of Physical Therapy.
Larkin Huffman
Larkin is an honor student at Newtown High School planning to embark on a career in early childhood education, deciding between several great universities.
Ioannis Kousidis
Ioannis is an honor student at Newtown High School planning to pursue a degree in Mechanical Engineering and will be attending the University of Connecticut in the fall.
Thomas Schlotter
T.J. has been honored with the All Conference Academic Track Team, as well as awards for volunteerism. He is deciding on several university options, planning a career in Business/Marketing.

2017 Recipients

Gabriella Petrone 
Gabriella is a senior at Fairfield Warde High School and will be attending Muhlenberg College to study English and Studio Art.
Eoin Matthews 
Eoin is a senior at Regis High School in New York City and will be attending Columbia University to study English and Art History.
Karl Zoubek 
Karl is a senior at King School in Stamford and will be attending the University of Richmond with a concentration in Economics, Business and Political Science.

2016 Recipients

Mariah Ventrella
Marian is a senior at Norwalk High School and plans to attend Endicott College to study Exercise Science. She has trained to be an Emergency Medical Technician and plans to become a Doctor of Physical Therapy.
Joseph Bairaktaris
Joseph is a senior at Staples High School in Westport and will be attending Johnson & Wales University to study Criminal Justice and is also an EMT.
Walker Marsh
Walker is a junior at Emory University studying Chemistry and Math. He plans on applying to medical school during his senior year.
Gabrielle Arena
Gabrielle is a senior at Norwalk High School. She is currently deciding which of four colleges to attend to study Accounting.

2015 Recipients

Austin Huffman
Austin is a senior at Newtown High School. His final choice of college has not been made as of yet but he plans to major in biology or becoming a physician’s assistant.
Alexander Frawley
Alex is a freshman at the University of New Hampshire majoring in Marketing
Georgia Stone
Georgia Stone is a senior at Joel Barlow High School. She plans on attending Merrimack University and majoring in Early Childhood Education.
Amanda Lee
Amanda is a senior at Trumbull High School. She plans on attending Montclair State University to study Theater and Costume Design.

2014 Recipients

Audrey Vogel
Audrey is a senior at Trumbull High School. She plans on attending the University of Hartford to study Elementary and Special Education in a dual degree program and to continue on to a Master’s Degree in Behavioral Analysis. She is also the daughter of CU staff member Faith Vogel.
Christopher Giunta
Christopher is currently attending Quinnipiac University in their Doctoral program for Physical Therapy. He is consistently on the Dean’s List and is looking forward to the Clinical Training phase of his education and getting hands-on experience.
Anne Moeder
Anne is a senior at Fairfield Ludlow High School. She plans on attending Clemson University to study Communication. Throughout High School she has been activity in extracurricular activities such as Key Club, Track and Field and volunteering in the community.
Emily Bludnicki
Emily is a senior at Lyman Hall High School in Wallingford. She plans on attending Northeastern University to pursue her goal of becoming a Nurse Practitioner. She already volunteers in the medical field working with both senior citizens and children. She is also the Granddaughter of retired Board Member Ed Bludnicki.

2013 Recipients

Amy Salvato
Kyle Frawley

2012 Recipients

Rachel A Williams
Maeve Flaherty

2011 Recipients

Chelsea Binkowski
Rebecca House

2010 Recipients

Nikenge Blue
Joanne Mencarelli

2009 Recipients

Samantha Williams
Victoria Pritchard

2008 Recipients

Natasha Kokoszka
Willow Ritch
Colby Mello

2007 Recipients

Marianne F. Jarboe
Sarah Pritchard

2006 Recipient

Sarah Pritchard

2005 Recipients

Lauren Dovo
Daniel Jarboe

2004 Recipients

Velvet Ritch
Marissa Miraval

2003 Recipients

Natalie Vena
Brett Jones
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