April 26, 2021– Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union Foundation proudly continued the tradition of recognizing the good news in education at the Virtual Partners in Education Celebration last week over Zoom. FMFCU Foundation Executive Director, Rick Durante, kicked off the evening by welcoming a virtual audience of over 200 spectators and reminding the audience that the pandemic did not stop Hi-Q or the other good news in education from taking place. FMFCU CEO, Mike Magnavita also welcomed the audience and recapped the challenging year of 2020. He highlighted how FMFCU focuses on education but also much more in the community.
Special guest Katherine Scott, 6ABC Action News reporter, presented awards to the Delco Hi-Q Finalist Teams, Delaware County Christian School, Haverford High School, and Garnet Valley, Most Improved Team, Academy of Notre Dame, 2020-2021All Delco Team and the Excellence in Teaching awardees.
Dr. Maria Edelberg Executive Director of DCIU welcomed Phil Heron into the Delco Hi-Q Hall of Fame. The former editor of the Daily Times was recognized for his part in the creation of the annual All Delco Hi-Q Team and his many years of support of Delco Hi-Q. Heron said, “One of the nicest things about being inducted into the Delco Hi-Q Hall of Honor is that this award is bestowed upon me by the people I positively covered in the newspaper over the past 40 years.”
Dr. Harry Jamison, FMFCU Foundation Board President, presented five John D. Unangst Scholarship recipients with $3,000 scholarships. Students receiving the award were Walter Clauss, Strath Haven High School, Jack DiPrimio, Upper Darby High School, Evan Gallagher, Springfield High School, McKenna Norton-, Kennett High School, and Alexandros Pylaras, Marple Newtown High School.
Congratulations to all award recipients!
The Celebration was made possible thanks to generous sponsors, Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union, the Wilbur C. and Betty Lea Henderson Foundation, CCRES Kimberly Clark – Chester Operations, and Office Basics. Delaware County Intermediate Unit and Delaware County Daily Times are awards partners.
Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union Foundation, a 501 (c)(3), supports charitable and educational causes within the communities served by Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union. Each year, the Credit Union and its Foundation grants more than $250,000 to educational programs and charitable initiatives. Programs include Delco Hi-Q academic competition, Teacher and Community Mini-Grants, college scholarships, charitable giving, food insecurity, and the annual Partners in Education Celebration.