Zeal Credit Union

2017 Scholarship Recipients

Meet Zeal Credit Union’s Scholarship winners for 2017! Our seven recipients, all Zeal Credit Union members and graduating seniors, will receive a total of $14,000. This year, we asked our applicants to show us how they live with character, feel with empathy, and act with passion in their school and community, and the responses were remarkable and encouraging for our future. We want to thank all those who took the time to apply, and we want to recognize the parents, families, and educators who have supported the students throughout their education.

Madison Murdoch, Dearborn High School, Dearborn, daughter of Scott and Victoria Murdoch from Dearborn. Madison is the recipient of our Al Williams Scholarship. In addition to Madison’s academic achievements, she is an active Key Club and National Honors Society member allowing her opportunities to pursue her passion to help people and make a difference in her community. She has donated her time to various causes including Salvation Army Bell Ringing, collecting and packaging items for deployed soldiers, volunteering her time to Capuchin Soup Kitchen, Special’s Dances, and many more. Madison has also received recognition for her skills in Video Arts and Speech. Madison will attend the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor to pursue degrees in Art and Design and Political Science.

Seth Krazel, Clarenceville High School, Livonia, son of Jim and Shari Krazel of Farmington Hills. Seth is the recipient of our Harlan Richardson Scholarship. At school, Seth is a member of National Honors Society and Student Congress. He is also the founder and funds & planning manager for Clarenceville’s Etiquette Club. He has volunteered his time as a Grandview Elementary Student Activity Assistant, a hunter safety instructor, and in the Cass Corridor, Detroit. Seth is active in the Boy Scouts and is currently a Senior Patrol Leader and has earned the rank of Eagle Scout. Seth will pursue a degree in business chemistry at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo.

Madeline Filiatraut, Divine Child High School, Dearborn, daughter of John and Janice Filiatraut of Livonia. Madeline is the recipient of our Dutch Farr Scholarship. She is a member of the National Honors Society and has shown her leadership skills as an All-Academic Volleyball player and team captain for both volleyball and track. She is a track and field coach at the Dearborn Track Club, an athletic youth camp leader, and an active volunteer. She has donated her time to raise money for St. Mary’s Breast Cancer Center and has created blankets and sleep care packages for students in need in Detroit. Madeline plans to study biology at the University of Dayton, in Ohio.

Courtney Newsome, Allen Park High School, Allen Park, daughter of Kimberly and Dwayne Newsome from Allen Park. Courtney is the recipient of our Mark Strobel Scholarship. She is an all-Academic athlete, and a member of her school’s Varsity Swimming and Diving team.  Courtney is a member of the National Honors Society and the Red Cross High School Leadership Program and a Red Cross Volunteer and donor. She is in the process of organizing and running her first blood drive. As a member of her high school Link Program and Autism Awareness Club, Courtney has found a passion for helping others. Courtney will attend Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti to study elementary education.

Kyle Weir, Walled Lake Central High School, Walled Lake, son of Jeff and Kelly Weir of Wolverine Lake.  Kyle is the recipient of our Margaret Kremer-Hehman Scholarship. Kyle is a 4 year athlete in both baseball and cross country. In addition to his athletic and academic accomplishments, Kyle has spent a great amount of time participating in service projects to benefit military families, children at children’s hospitals, and the less fortunate through local food banks. Kyle has earned the rank of Eagle Scout. His experiences have inspired him to study secondary education at Calvin College in Grand Rapids.

Caitlin Butcher, Waterford Kettering High School, Waterford, daughter of Gene and Lisa Butcher of Waterford. Caitlin is the recipient of our William Allen Scholarship. While Caitlin maintains academic excellence and plays violin with the Honors Orchestra at Oakland University and is a member of the National Honors Society, she also has shown her passion to help those around the world. She has traveled to Haiti twice to assist in building water filtration systems, deliver hygiene products, painting houses, and providing food and guidance to children. Caitlin will study biochemistry at Michigan State University, Lansing.

Emily Brasch, Groves High School, Beverly Hills, daughter of Krista and Warren Brasch of Bloomfield Hills. Emily is the recipient of our James Cullimore Scholarship. Through her experiences she has learned the importance of being involved in her community. Her confidence in herself has allowed her to put her all into everything she does. She is an active member in the National Honors Society, Jewish Student Union, Big Brother Big Sister and numerous other clubs at her high school. Emily will pursue a degree at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Congratulations to the recipients of the 2017 scholarship program.


(From left: Kyle Weir, Caitlin Butcher, Madison Murdoch, Emily Brasch, Madeline Filiatraut, Courtney Newsome. Not pictured: Seth Krazel)

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