Unity One Credit Union is pleased to name Brady Nelson, graduating senior of Spring Lake Park High School in Minnesota, as the grand prize winner of the 2019 Bob Bennett Memorial Scholarship. Nelson’s award-winning essay detailed the differences between banking of the past and present, while exploring banking technology currently desired by Generation Z and beyond.
Nelson says of banking with Unity One, “Having an account has encouraged good habits, by offering a tool to manage my money and achieve financial goals. There are banking services that provide me time which I sometimes don’t always have. As a student, employee, and active participant in extracurricular and athletics my time gets stretched. Having the convenience of direct deposit means I don’t have to find the time or locate means to cash a check. This feature allows me to focus my time elsewhere without needing to worry about getting to the bank.”
Nelson will receive $1,000 to aid with his college expenses. He is a member of the National Honor Society, an Eagle Scout, captain of his soccer team and active participant of Youth Group: Confirmed.
Chelsea Kung, graduating senior at Keller Central High School, and Breanna Nabarrete, student at the University of North Texas, were named runners-up and will receive a $500 and $250 prize respectively.
To be eligible for the scholarship, candidates had to be graduating high school seniors or college students attending a two-year or four-year college or vocational/technical school. They needed to have maintained at least a 2.8 grade point average (on a four-point scale) and be a member of Unity One Credit Union.
The Bob Bennett Memorial Scholarship is a tribute to the life of Robert Bennett, a tireless champion on the credit union movement. He joined Unity One CU in 1954 and served on the Board of Directors until 2002. An advocate of growth and change, Bennett served through five name changes and three mergers. He passed away in December 2002.
About Unity One Credit Union
Established in 1927, Unity One Credit Union is the oldest credit union in Texas. A member-driven and not-for-profit cooperative, Unity One CU served the employees and families of the BNSF Railway for 70 years. However, after transferring its corporate headquarters to Fort Worth in 1998, the credit union expanded its field of membership to include other non-railroad companies, organizations and individuals.
Today, anyone who lives, works, worships or attends school in Fort Worth, Blue Mound, Saginaw, Haslet, Keller, Colleyville, Bedford, North Richland Hills, Southlake, St. Paul, MN and Kansas City, KS may apply for membership. Unity One CU has eight branches to serve over 30,000 members nationwide. For more information about Unity One Credit Union, visit www.unityone.org. Think outside the bank.™