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Four Families Receive Minnesota Family Involvement Council Scholarships at TopLine Federal Credit Union

MAPLE GROVE, MN -- (Marketwired) -- 07/24/13 -- TopLine Federal Credit Union is honored to announce that members of four families each won a $500 scholarship from the Minnesota Family Involvement Council (FIC). This year the FIC offered eighteen college scholarships totaling $10,000 to Minnesota credit union members.

Nearly 1,000 students applied for the scholarships from credit unions throughout the state. Applicants were selected based on school and community involvement, and an essay which explained "what's the best financial advice you've been given, or the hardest financial lesson you've learned, and how has this impacted your life."

Charles Bishop and Susanne Gawreluk, both from TopLine's Como Park branch, received scholarships to continue post secondary education in the fall of 2013. Charles will be starting graduate school at the Academy of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and Susanne will be attending St. Mary's University to pursue a master's degree in Human Development.

Emily Jorgenson from TopLine's Maple Grove branch and Steven Mueggenberg from the Brooklyn Park branch received scholarships to pursue undergraduate degrees this coming fall. Emily is planning on attending the University of Minnesota, Rochester campus for pre-pharmacy and Steven will be attending St. Scholastica to study Computer Science.

Harry Carter, President/CEO, said, "TopLine has been involved with the Minnesota Family Involvement Council scholarship program since 1997, and we are very pleased that four of our members were chosen as scholarship recipients this year. We are a strong supporter of financial education in our communities, and participating in the scholarship program fits well within that mission."

The Minnesota Family Involvement Council (FIC) is a volunteer organization made up of representatives from credit unions around the state of Minnesota to enhance the future of the credit union movement by promoting financial awareness, financial education and full-family involvement. The FIC began in 1985 and launched the scholarship program in 1997 and has received more than 12,000 scholarship applications and has awarded nearly $137,000 in scholarships.

TopLine Federal Credit Union, a Twin Cities-based credit union, is Minnesota's 13th largest, with assets of more than $340 million. Established in 1935, TopLine offers a complete line of financial services from its five locations -- in Bloomington, Brooklyn Park, Maple Grove, Plymouth and in St. Paul's Como Park -- as well as by phone and online at www.TopLinecu.com. Membership is available to anyone who lives, works, worships, attends school or volunteers in Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott or Washington Counties and their immediate family members.

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