By: Sharee Coleman

Aston, PA – June 16, 2023 – Sun East Federal Credit Union annually recognizes several local students in the community who embody the organization’s philosophy of “People Helping People.” The recipients are selected from schools that are Select Employee Groups (SEGS) with Sun East, and who’ve made a positive impact through their volunteerism within the last year. Sun East is proud to announce the 2023 recipients – each received a certificate of service and a monetary award.

"People Helping People" award recipients Madison Simpson, Colton Haseltine, and Sana Ahmadi
High School $1,000
Chichester High SchoolBlake Bryant
Springfield High SchoolAllison Gowman
Oxford Area High SchoolMeilyn Smith
The Christian AcademyColton Haseltine
Sun Valley High SchoolAurora Maholik
College $1,000
Holy Family UniversitySana Ahmadi
Neumann UniversityAwaji-onyi McFiberesima
Sun East Federal Credit Union Awards $1,000
Member Award – Immaculata UniversityTheresa Arata
Member Award – Penn State UniversitySydney Kane
Member Award – Garnet Valley High SchoolAbby Houpt
Employee Award – Saint Elizabeth’s High SchoolRiley Eckhardt
Employee Award – HaverfordMadison Simpson
K-8 Schools $200
Saint Thomas the ApostleJames Campbell
Educational Awards* $200
Delaware County Literacy CouncilMouneissa Togola
* Recognizing adult literacy programs

I am so honored to recognize these amazing individuals for all they do in their communities. The People Helping People award is one of the many ways Sun East demonstrates our purpose-driven mission, and I look forward to acknowledging these recipients each year,” said Terri Lannon, the Senior Director of Corporate Responsibility for Sun East. 


Each year Sun East also awards local educators who consistently foster an empowering learning environment for their students. The Best Teacher Under the Sun award recognizes the outstanding achievements of teachers who – through their innovative and nurturing programs – inspire students to challenge themselves beyond the norm and recognize their capabilities.

The award application is open to all educators who teach in schools that are part of the credit union’s SEG program. School administrators, faculty, parents, and students can nominate teachers. The awards committee at Sun East selects one winning teacher from each category of elementary, middle, and high school levels. Recipients receive $500, and their respective school also receives a $500 contribution.

Congratulations to the 2023 award winners: 
Aston Elementary SchoolKelsey Vidal
Northley Middle SchoolJessical Wooleyhan
Sun Valley High SchoolPatricia Malaczewski

To date, Sun East has distributed more than $232,000 in student and teacher awards since 2003. For more information or to apply for the 2024 awards, go to:

About Sun East: 

Sun East Federal Credit Union, founded in 1949, is a full-service, not-for-profit financial institution offering savings, borrowing, investing, and virtual banking needs to 50,000 + members, over 1,250 employers, and multiple other organizations in Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New Jersey. Sun East has over $877 million in assets with branches throughout the Tri-State area, nationwide ATM access, and online and mobile banking. For more information, call 877-5-SUNEAST or visit, or follow @SunEastFCU.