A round of applause for the winners of the 2019 ALEC Bright Future Scholarship Program.
In continuing our tradition of honoring academic excellence, ALEC is pleased to announce the winners of this year’s academic scholarships:
Zella Stockhausen
Carmel Catholic High School, Mundelein, Illinois
Cameron Hall
Christian Life High School, Kenosha, Wisconsin
In recognition of their accomplishments, we extend our congratulations to these exemplary scholars who proved their merits in and out of the classroom.
Each of the nearly 150 Bright Future Scholarship applicants were considered for academic performance, as well as demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities. Work experience and unusual personal or family circumstances were also factored in.
Both Zella and Cameron were awarded a $2,000 scholarship to help with their college expenses.
In 2016, the Bright Future Scholarship Program was developed as an extension of the credit union’s long-term commitment to serve members and improve their financial health. According to Joseph Trosclair, ALEC president and CEO,
“It’s extremely gratifying to help such deserving and inspiring students who at an early age are focused on their future and involved with their communities.”
To learn more about these two impressive academic enthusiasts, read on.


Academic achievements: National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society, Superior Honor Roll, MU Alpha Theta National Honor Society.
College: Lake Forest College.
Major: Environmental Science.
Person who’s influenced me the most: My mom. We both share a love of science; she’s a chemical engineer. I’ve always looked up to her, and she’s always been there to help me with questions both academic and personal.
Dream job: Something that would tie to my major and that would allow me to get out in the world and help others.
If I could time-travel, here’s where I’d go: I’d go 20 years into the future to see what happens with the environment. I’d like to know how our actions today ultimately affect the future.
Bucket list: Travel the world — and stay in each place long enough to understand the culture.
Favorite book: The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls.
Favorite musician: The Beatles.
Best advice I’ve received: When it comes to a career, my mom tells me to be sure it’s in an area I’m passionate about.
If I could change one thing in the world, I would: There are so many environmental challenges now. I’d change things so that the environment is protected and so that modern advancements can continue without harming our surroundings.
One word that describes me: Hardworking.
Role model: One is Mother Teresa. She was kind and caring. And she always gave 100 percent and put others before herself.


Academic achievements: Valedictorian, National Honor Society, President’s Award for Educational Excellence.
College: Michigan State University.
Major: Media and Information.
Person who’s influenced me the most: My dad has influenced me more than anyone. He’s challenged me to do what I need to do, to be independent and to think for myself.
Dream job: Film director.
If I could time-travel, here’s where I’d go: Revolutionary France. And a big reason would be so that I could meet Napoleon.
Bucket list: Travel to every country in the world, including Antarctica; write a book; direct and produce a feature film.
Favorite book: Harry Potter.
Favorite musician: Gerard Way.
Best advice I’ve received: Don’t pay for the real estate twice.
If I could change one thing in the world, I would: Solve homelessness. It’s a huge problem. For me, as a frequent traveler, it’s always nice to come home, to know that I have a place where I belong. Everyone deserves that.
One word that describes me: Adventurous.
Role model: Professor Ramon Flores, a teacher at Christian Life High School and Herzing University. He taught me in my junior and senior years of high school to do things I didn’t think I was capable of doing.

Know a deserving student or students? Please make sure to tell them to become a member by visiting alecu.org or any ALEC Service Center. Check back for details next spring regarding the 2020 ALEC Bright Future Scholarship Program!