ESL Federal Credit Union and Monroe Community College announced its third class of ESL/MCC Scholars during a recent ceremony at ESL’s headquarters in Rochester.
The five students selected for this year’s program are Brie Boxell, Samantha Huertas, Rachel Lynch, Sara Perez and Kyle Stevens.
Students are offered a part-time, paid position at ESL’s corporate headquarters or at a local branch, and a $1,000 scholarship for each semester they participate, up to $2,000. Students will have the opportunity to meet with and work in other departments at the company to further their professional experience.
Benefits to ESL/MCC Scholars include professional skill development opportunities, mentoring and exposure to various career paths. Through this collaboration, MCC students have the option to obtain academic credit for their work experience.
“We truly value the continued partnership with Monroe Community College to provide a career pathway to banking through the ESL/MCC Scholars program,” said Maureen Wolfe, senior vice president/director, human resource and community impact. “This program reinforces our commitment to developing, promoting and retaining a talented, diverse workforce at ESL.”
The long-term goal of the program is to retain the students upon graduation from MCC through either full-time employment at ESL or as they work part-time while pursuing their bachelor’s degrees at a local institution, with assistance from ESL’s tuition reimbursement program. The program supports an ESL initiative to recognize and value diversity and inclusion within the workforce.
“We join ESL Federal Credit Union in congratulating the third cohort of ESL/MCC Scholars,” MCC President Anne Kress said. “ESL has created an exciting and significant opportunity for this year’s recipients to gain professional banking and finance experience while completing their studies at MCC. We thank ESL for valuing our graduates and generously investing in the future of our community through MCC.”