Suffolk Federal CU Awards Scholarships to Local LI Students

Suffolk Federal Credit Union presented college scholarships totaling $37,500 to nine local students attending Suffolk County Community College this fall. The award ceremony was held on Aug. 31, 2022, at the Suffolk Federal Credit Union Arena in Brentwood.

“Since partnering with the college three years ago, we are proud to have sponsored 23 scholarships totaling $93k,” said Michele Dean, CEO & President, Suffolk Federal Credit Union. “By easing the financial burden of college costs, we help families in our communities as well as students—freeing up resources for other important goals.”

This year, Skyla Fabbricante of East Northport received a $6,275 scholarship from the LT Michael P. Murphy Memorial Scholarship, which was matched by Suffolk Federal for a total of $12,550. Daniel Paesano (Sound Beach) was awarded $6,275 by Suffolk Federal in honor of the Michael E. Reilly Foundation Memorial Scholarship.

Suffolk Federal Credit Union Achievement Scholarships ranging from $2,150-$6,275 were awarded to Christina Boles (Brentwood), Kristin Squire (Islip), Rachel Lee (Middle Island), Alyssia Furchert (Blue Point), Leslie Bardales Vera (Selden), Ian Fischer (Stony Brook) and Jonathan Mata (Riverhead).

The scholarships are a result of an ongoing partnership between Suffolk Federal and the Suffolk Community College Foundation to help people throughout our communities achieve their dreams. Award recipients were selected based on their academic achievements, extracurricular activities, community involvement and essays.

Dr. Edward Bonahue, President of Suffolk County Community College, commented, “This scholarship program reflects Suffolk Federal Credit Union’s deep commitment to helping young people and families throughout Long Island. The recipients clearly have demonstrated the drive and discipline to succeed.”

According to Sylvia A. Diaz, PhD, LMSW, Executive Director, Suffolk Community College Foundation, “It is an honor to continue this partnership with Suffolk Federal, which has a long-standing reputation as a community-focused credit union. The scholarships are a meaningful way to acknowledge these deserving students’ academic achievements and community service.”

About Suffolk Federal Credit Union

Suffolk Federal Credit Union is a local not-for-profit cooperative financial institution owned and operated by its members. It was chartered in 1967 by the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA). The volunteer-directed credit union has assets in excess of $1.6 billion, 10 branches and over 65,000 members, including partnerships with Suffolk County employees and unions. Membership is open to anyone who lives, works, worships, attends school or regularly conducts business in Nassau and Suffolk counties as well as immediate family members of current membership. To learn more, visit or call 631-924-8000.

About Suffolk County Community College
Suffolk County Community College is the largest, most comprehensive community college in the State University of New York (SUNY) system, enrolling more than 24,000 students in over 100 degree and certificate programs. With over 135,000 alumni, Suffolk County Community College is dedicated to meeting the demands of regional employers. SUNY Suffolk has built an extensive track record of successfully training and educating its students through pathways from high school, to college, and into careers.

About the Suffolk Community College Foundation
The Suffolk Community College Foundation is an independent, non-profit, charitable volunteer organization supporting the students, faculty and staff of Suffolk County Community College. The Foundation’s mission is to support student access to quality higher education and skills training by providing scholarships, emergency loans and funding for program development. Additionally, the Foundation seeks to engage alumni to maintain their connection to the College, to support Foundation events, philanthropy, student mentorship and internship opportunities.

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