2022 Scholarship Recipients


$22,500 in Scholarships Granted!

On Thursday, July 28, 2022, in a ceremony held at the Waterbury CT Teachers Federal Credit Union Middlebury branch, five area students received a combined $22,500 in scholarships!  The ceremony was led by Board of Directors Members; John Fontaine and Lory Park-Knowles.

The 2022 WCTFCU Scholarship Recipients:

Board and Scholarship Recipients
Left to right:  John Fontaine WCTFCU Board Member, Isabella Gwiazdowski, Colin Slavin, Kaylee Jackson,
Lory Park-Knowles WCTFCU Board Member. Missing from photo: Recipients: Benjamin Shelton, Nathan Stellmach and Robert Haxhi WCTFCU Board Member.

Kaylee Jackson, a Naugatuck High School graduate, received The Jean O’Brien Memorial Scholarship. Named for a former Board Member, this 4-year scholarship is granted to an exemplary student who has a declared major in Education, and is planning for a career in teaching. 

Benjamin Shelton, from Waterbury Career Academy, received the Jack Cronan Scholarship. This 1-Year Scholarship was named in honor of our former Board Chairman, and is granted to an exemplary Waterbury Resident and Graduating Senior of a Waterbury Public High School.

The 2-Year General Scholarship, is given to the Applicant who has the most outstanding academic performance, in addition to an impressive Activities Resume and Essay. This year’s scholarship was given to Isabella Gwiazdowski, a Hall High School graduate.

The two 1-Year General Scholarships are granted to students who have been top performers both in the classroom and in the community. They are distinguished by both their academic performances and extracurricular activities. Presented alphabetically, the scholarships were awarded to: Colin Slavin, a Woodland Regional High School graduate and Nathan Stellmach, a St. Paul Catholic High School graduate.

Congratulations to the 2022 WCTFCU Scholarship Recipients!


The Credit Union is dedicated to keeping your information safe and secure.

Fraud comes in various forms: online, over-the-phone, through texts and through the mail.

The current scam is where the fraudsters have acquired a member’s credit card number and attempt to set up tokenization (such as Google Pay, Samsung Pay, and Apple Pay).

The hackers call a member impersonating as a representative from the Credit Union fraud department and asks them to verify their identity by giving them the passcode they just emailed to the member.

In reality, the passcode was sent from Visa to verify that the cardholder is actually the person setting up the tokens on the account.  If a member does provide the code to the hacker, it would allow the fraudsters to make transactions on their card.

As always, if a request seems unusual call the Credit Union directly or the number on the back of your Visa Credit Card.


Security measures to protect against fraud

  • As a reminder, the Credit Union will never contact you and ask you to provide your online banking password, codeword or six-digit code. Don’t respond to emails or text messages that request this information. If you have any doubt, call us at 203.758.9500. 
  • Keep your software and virus protection up to date on your computer and devices.
  • Create strong passwords. Don't use the same password for online banking that you use for other accounts.
  • Ignore emails from senders you don’t know.
  • Download files only from sites you know and trust.
  • Set-up Alerts within Online Banking to manage your accounts.
  • Monitor your Debit Card with our CardValet App.
    Monitor and manage your Credit Card with the SecurLock Equip Mobile App.
  • Remember to contact us in advance, when you plan to travel.

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