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ALEC bright future scholarship winners

A round of applause for the winners of the 2022 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.

All of our winning students were awarded a $2,000 scholarship to help with their college expenses.

Eli Ameyibor

High School: Warren Township High School, Gurnee, Illinois

College: University of Chicago

Major: Political Science

Grade Level: Senior

Goal: “I have spent my time during my undergraduate focusing on the obscured history of Africa, as well as how modern misconceptions of the continent have taken root. I wish to further this understanding of Africa in graduate school.”

Trisha Gannu

High School: Adlai E. Stevenson High School, Lincolnshire, Illinois

College: Washington University in St. Louis

Major: Psychological and Brain Sciences

Grade Level: Freshman

Goal: “As I explore the field of psychology, I continue to draw connections with occurrences in my daily life. Psychology prompts me to understand abstract concepts on a deeper level and tests the bounds of my curiosity.”

Ryan Johnson

High School: Badger High School, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

College: University of Minnesota: Twin Cities

Major: Finance and Accounting

Grade Level: Senior

Goal: “I desire to enter the field of wealth management or capital allocation as a means to supporting the entrepreneurs that are driving innovation, creating jobs, and actively building their best vision for our world's future.”

Rebecca Knuteson

High School: Covenant Christian High School, Indianapolis, Indiana

College: Lipscomb University

Major: Pre-Medicine and Biology

Grade Level: Freshman

Goal: “I want to serve people with Crohn's Disease and make advancements in finding a cure for this disease. I will be their advocate as a doctor to make sure they get the proper treatment they need as they navigate the healthcare system.”

Christian Youssef

High School: Carroll Senior High School, Southlake, Texas

College: University of North Texas

Major: Biology

Grade Level: Junior

Goal: “I seek to travel abroad to developing countries where dental care is scarce. I believe this will give me the opportunity to not only impact the people in my community, but throughout the whole world.”

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.

"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.”

Know a deserving student or students? Please make sure to tell them to become a member by visiting or any ALEC Service Center. Check back for details next spring regarding the 2023 ALEC Bright Future Scholarship Program!