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2018 Scholarship Application Now Available

January 4, 2018 – Carbondale, IL – SIU Credit Union is pleased to announce the launch of our 2018 Scholarship Program.   Each year SIU Credit Union offers graduating high school seniors enrolling into a two or four-year college; community college students transferring into a four-year university; or adult students returning to college the opportunity to apply for one of five $1,000 scholarships.

All applications for the 2018 Scholarship Program must be submitted no later than Friday, March 30, 2018. Scholarship winners will be announced in May 2018.  To learn more, or to obtain a scholarship application, visit, call 618-457-3595, or stop by a local SIU Credit Union branch.

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Learning To Balance Academics And A Social Life

If you fall somewhere between the two spectrums, you’re not alone. Most college students want to do well academically – but they also want to have fun!

Think you can’t have both? You can.

Here’s how:

Choose your friends wisely

The people you hang out with are going to influence your study habits. During the getting-to-know-you stage, try to find students who share goals that are similar to yours. This way, you won’t be swayed to skip a study session for an all-night bash. Also, when you’re friends with your study partners, schoolwork can become a social activity!

Eat well, sleep well and exercise

No, your mom isn’t here to remind you to eat breakfast and get to bed at a normal hour, but taking care of your physical needs is one of the best ways to facilitate academic success.

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SIU Credit Union Helps Local Food Pantry

May 16, 2017 – Carbondale, IL – When the staff at SIU Credit Union learned about a food shortage at the VA Hospital Food Pantry on Friday, quick action was taken. An email went out to the staff on Saturday asking to gather food items to be delivered on Monday afternoon. Those employees that couldn’t shop before the deadline were given the option to donate money in exchange for the opportunity to dress casually all week.

Before 11:00 AM on Monday, staff had already donated over $300 and several staff members volunteered their lunch hour to shop for the requested foods, even purchasing different requested pet foods. By the 2:00 deadline for delivery, nearly $1000 in food and supplies were gathered by SIU Credit Union efforts.

“We can’t believe the response,” said JoAnn Shryock, who led the social media charge from the Behavioral Services Department.  She added, “We put the word out on Thursday and this has been overwhelming! We’re so appreciative.”

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SIU Credit Union Awards 2017 Scholarship Winners

Carbondale, IL – May 1, 2017 – SIU Credit Union is proud to announce the awarding of scholarships to deserving students pursuing higher education degrees.  The scholarship presentations were made at the Giant City Road branch in Carbondale to five students. Each received a $1,000 scholarship for the 2017-18 school year.  The 2017 scholarship winners along with their institutions and fields of study are noted below.

Lauren Bellamey

Lauren Bellamey of Metropolis will graduate from Massac County High School in 2017. She plans to attend Murray State University to study Communications Disorders.

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SIU Credit Union Announces 79th Annual Meeting

March 1, 2017 – Carbondale, IL – SIU Credit Union will hold its 79th Annual Meeting on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 beginning at 5:15 pm.  The meeting will be held at their 395 N. Giant City Road location in Carbondale, IL.

The annual meeting provides an inside look at the financial state, and gives members the opportunity to directly address the SIU Credit Union Board of Directors and senior management.  The meeting also brings the annual board election to a close, as members are able to cast their ballots at the meeting and hear election results.

“We’re working for you, it’s not just our mission statement or an empty slogan,” said SIU Credit Union President & CEO Mike Lantrip.  “It’s our commitment to our members, staff, and local communities for 79 years.’”

All members are encouraged to attend.

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SIU Credit Union Announces March Seminar Series

February 13, 2017 – Carbondale, IL – SIU Credit Union is pleased to announce it will be hosting a series of a free financial seminars this March.  Open to credit union members and the public, the seminars will focus on a variety of financial topics including budgeting, protecting yourself from identity theft, and housing options for seniors.

Thursday, March 2, 2017 | Build A Basic Budget >The 5-Step Spending Plan

  • Learn how to set realistic financial goals for you and your family, to track where your money goes, how to develop a spending plan and more. Hosted by Kim Babington. A featured event during America Saves Week 2017.

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