If you need any more convincing that the University of Illinois' Community Credit Union is a positive force in Champaign-Urbana (and beyond), today, they've released the list of area students who will receive $1,000 scholarships for in-state schools.

To get the full run-down, check out the press release below:

University of Illinois Community Credit Union Announces 2017 Orange & Blue Scholarship Recipients

CHAMPAIGN, IL — Each year, U of I Community Credit Union awards seven college-bound high school seniors a scholarship up to $1,000 based on the Illinois college of their choice. The Orange & Blue Scholarship Program is designed to benefit students who are U of I Community Credit Union members and will be attending the University of Illinois, Parkland College, and other Illinois colleges and universities.

Scholarship applications are reviewed by a team of volunteers at the U of I Community Credit Union and are given a score based on the information and documents submitted. Applicants are asked various questions including their favorite activities throughout high school, and any honors or awards they have received. They are also required to submit two letters of recommendation and an essay relating to the benefits of credit unions.

Giving back to the community is something UICCU feels very passionate about” UICCU Director of Marketing, explained. “We are dedicated to helping support students in our community financially so they can attend college and continue a higher education.”

The 2017 Orange & Blue Scholarship winners have been announced and were recognized at the Allerton Park Concert Series on Friday, August 4th.

UICCU is proud to announce the 2017 Orange & Blue Scholarship recipients:

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

·         Jarrett Brunner – Mahomet-Seymour High School

·         Madeline Bolser – Covington High School

·         Kevin Hinders – High School of Saint Thomas More

·         Leah Roberts – Champaign Central High School

·         Alexandra Trauth – Centennial High School

Parkland

·         Adam Manaster – Champaign Central High School

Augustana College

·         Ashley Bosch – Heritage High School

Details about the scholarship are available online at uoficreditunion.org/resources/orange-blue-scholarship/. The scholarships are designed to benefit students attending the University of Illinois, Parkland College, and other Illinois colleges and universities.