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Collins Community CU Member Awarded Scholarship From ICUF

Ella Popenhagen of Collins Community Credit Union in Cedar Rapids, Iowa was recently awarded the Iowa Credit Union Foundation’s (ICUF) Warren A. Morrow Memorial Scholarship, which is presented each year to credit union members who are pursing higher education.

Published on May 11, 2020

Applicants were asked to complete the designated online entry form and answer an essay question in no more than 500 words. This year’s question was:

Credit Unions are financial cooperatives that operate from the philosophy of “people helping people.” Service to members and the community is an integral part of the credit union difference. Share how your credit union demonstrates the people helping people philosophy in action. Also, share an experience of when you contributed your time and/or talents in the community and what you learned from that experience.

Ella Popenhagen won for her entry, where she described the college preparation she received from a Collins Community Credit Union loan officer on building credit, learning about student loans, and steps she can take now to build a successful financial future. Ella’s entry also shared her passion for working with people who have special needs, through involvement in multiple school groups that work to erase the stigma and provide opportunities for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

“We’re so excited for Ella as she begins this next step in pursuing her education, and very grateful to the Iowa Credit Union Foundation for recognizing her with this scholarship,” said Stefanie Rupert, President and CEO of Collins Community Credit Union. “Ella’s essay showed us her passion for exemplifying the people helping people philosophy, and we couldn’t be prouder.”

This year, the Iowa Credit Union Foundation awarded 12 scholarships totaling $23,000.

“The mission of the Iowa Credit Union Foundation (ICUF) is to empower people and communities to achieve financial well-being by championing the credit union philosophy of people helping people,” said Jaimie Miller, Executive Director, ICUF. “We do this through critical programs such as the Warren A. Morrow Memorial Scholarship. This year’s scholarship finalists demonstrated a strong passion for their credit union and outstanding knowledge on the essay topics.”

For more information about the Warren A. Morrow Scholarship or the Iowa Credit Union Foundation, please visit

Collins Community Credit Union is a not-for-profit financial cooperative owned by its members. Its field of membership expands to 38 counties with 16 branches in the state of Iowa. Collins Community Credit Union provides a full range of financial products and services to ignite the financial futures of its employees, members, and the communities it serves. For more information, visit  Aspire. Ignite. Achieve.


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