NASA Federal Awards $25,000 in Scholarships to Area Students

At the conclusion of its 2016 Mitchell-Beall-Rosen Memorial Scholarship Contest, NASA Federal Credit Union awarded scholarships—ranging from $1,000 to the top prize of $8,000—to seven high school seniors. The annual program rewards the writing talents of young Credit Union members who are working toward four-year or two-year undergraduate degrees or vocational studies. Students submit 1,000-word essays that focus on financial literacy as it applies to the cost of a college education and their plans for paying it.

“If these seven students represent our future,” said Frank Peñaranda, Chairman of NASA Federal’s Scholarship Committee and Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors, “we are all in very good hands. And, NASA Federal Credit Union is pleased to help them reach their goals through the Mitchell-Beall-Rosen Memorial Scholarship.”

The following outstanding seniors were recipients of this year’s scholarship awards:
- Steffen Cornwell of Highland, Maryland—Plans to double major in computational biology and business at the University of Pennsylvania.
- Haley Crane of Ellicott City, Maryland—Will study biomedical engineering at the University of Maryland.
- Aaron Fishkind of Spring Valley, New York—Plans to study education at the University of Pennsylvania.
- Hailey Guit of Owings, Maryland—Will pursue a degree in graphic design at Stevenson University.
- Holly Mann of Owings, Maryland—Looks forward to studying technology and business management at the University of Maryland.
- Brian Musliner of Crofton, Maryland—Will attend Rochester Institute of Technology and study software development.
- Emily Sturm of Columbia, Maryland—Plans to pursue a career in medicine after attending Johns Hopkins University.

Four of the seven students are featured below: (left to right) Hailey Guit, Brian Musliner, Steffen Cornwell and Holly Mann

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NASA Federal Braves the Chill at Annual Chincoteague Seafood Festival

On Saturday, May 7, 2016, Team NASA Federal hosted a tent at the annual Chincoteague Seafood Festival. Despite the chilly, windy weather, the team had a great time giving away cookies and other goodies to members of the local community.

Peter Cosentino, Financial Advisor, was on hand to answer investment questions. Anyone who requested a free independent review on their drawing entry sheet will get a call back from Peter.

The band was wonderful. The hushpuppies were out of this world. And, a great time was had by all.

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Cherry Blossom Run 2016

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Team NASA Federal once again lit up the Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10-Mile Run on Sunday, April 3, 2016 with its overwhelming enthusiasm. As in years past, the event brought together credit unions from across the country in support of the Children’s Miracle Network. And once again, the highly spirited members of Team NASA Federal were there, making their support for the kids known in a big way.

Cherry Blossom typically raises around $500,000 each year, and 2016 was no exception, bringing the total amount raised to over $7 million since credit unions became the title sponsors in 2002. NASA Federal employees raised more than $3,100.

This year, the event hosted approximately 16,000 runners, of which 21 were NASA Federal employees and family members and 81 were NASA Federal-sponsored members. Runners were greeted by 91 NASA Federal volunteers, who handed them water and cheered passionately as they passed by the NASA Federal water station.

Thanks to all of the NASA Federal employees, volunteers and runners for their dedication and energy. They make the Cherry Blossom Run special year in and year out.

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Team NASA Federal Lights the Night!

Light the Night 2015On Saturday, October 17, in the company of nearly 8,000 walkers, Team NASA Federal walked in the 2015 Light the Night Walk to support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. This year, Team NASA Federal raised over $33,000 in donations and was the fifth highest corporate team for fundraising. We had over 60 Credit Union participants, including 33 employees. Thanks to everyone for another outstanding Walk!

Cherry Blossom Run 2015

Team NASA Federal lit up the Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10-Mile Run on Sunday, April 12, 2015 with its overwhelming enthusiasm. As in years past, the event brought together credit unions from across the country in support of the Children’s Miracle Network. And once again, the highly spirited members of Team NASA Federal were there, making their support for the kids known in a big way.

Cherry Blossom typically raises around $500,000 each year, and 2015 was no exception, bringing the total amount raised to over $7 million since credit unions became the title sponsors in 2002. This year, the event hosted approximately 16,000 runners, of which 29 were NASA Federal employees and family members and 68 were NASA Federal-sponsored members. Runners were, greeted by 63 NASA Federal volunteers, who handed them water and cheered passionately as they passed by the NASA Federal water station.

What’s more, the three NASA-sponsored running teams consisting of members from NASA Goddard Space Flight Center finished first, third and fifth in the Credit Union Team Competition. And, NASA Goddard’s own Alvin Yew of the first team placed 81 out of all runners.

Thanks to all of the NASA Federal employees, volunteers and runners for their dedication and energy. They make the Cherry Blossom Run special year in and year out.

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Tipping the Scales for Those in Need

2014 Holiday Food Drive

The holiday season is nearly upon us. It’s a time for giving and for counting our blessings and, this year, we have much to be thankful for. Let’s work together to pay it forward by giving to those in need through the 2014 NASA FCU Holiday Food Drive.

Last year, we gathered a remarkable 3,600 pounds of food. This year, we’re looking to tip the scales at 4,000 pounds. It’s an ambitious goal, and we will need your help to meet it. Please take your donations to your local NASA FCU Branch.

The Food Drive starts today and concludes Thursday, December 11th, at which time all donations will be collected and delivered to local area food banks. Every year the Holiday Food Drive is more successful than the previous year. We are very excited to have this drive once again.

Here are the top foods requested by food banks this year:

  • Proteins Canned meats such as tuna, chicken or fish (100% meat/fish packed in water or oil)
  • Peanut butter
  • Soups and stews
  • Rice and pasta
  • Cereal, including oatmeal
  • Canned vegetables, including tomatoes and tomato sauce
  • Canned or dried beans and peas
  • Canned fruits
  • Fruit juice (canned, plastic or boxed) Make sure it’s 100% juice.
  • Prepared box mixes, such as macaroni and cheese or Hamburger Helper.
  • Cake mixes and canned frosting
  • Shelf-stable milk, this includes dehydrated milk, canned evaporated milk and instant breakfasts.

Our food drive will help provide nutritious meals for many families in need this holiday season.