Joseph Baier, Jr. of Elmwood is one of twelve students selected to receive a $1,000 scholarship from WESTconsin Credit Union. Submitted photo
Joseph Baier, Jr. of Elmwood is one of twelve students selected to receive a $1,000 scholarship from WESTconsin Credit Union. Submitted photo

Submitted by Jen Ekblad

SPRING VALLEY, WI — Elmwood’s Joe Baier has been awarded a $1,000 Scholarship from WESTconsin Credit Union.

WESTconsin Credit Union, an advocate for education, has recently awarded twelve $1,000 scholarships to area high school seniors as part of the WESTconsin Scholarship Program. Recipients were selected based on a variety of criteria including community and school involvement, academic progress, financial need, career plans and goals.

Joseph Baier, Jr., a 2017 Elmwood High School graduate, was the chosen scholarship recipient from the Elmwood/Spring Valley area. Baier will use the money to help fund his post-secondary education plans at Chippewa Valley Technical College, where he will be studying nursing.

For over 20 years, WESTconsin has distributed over $250,000 to help support the higher education goals of area students. Scholarships are awarded annually to youth members from communities served by WESTconsin offices.

WESTconsin Credit Union has been serving members since 1939, and membership is open to anyone who lives or works in the Wisconsin counties of Barron, Buffalo, Burnett, Chippewa, Clark, Dunn, Eau Claire, Jackson, Pepin, Pierce, Polk, Rusk, St. Croix, Sawyer, Taylor, Trempealeau, and Washburn, or the Minnesota counties of Anoka, Chisago, Dakota, Goodhue, Isanti, Ramsey, Wabasha, and Washington, with a $5 minimum deposit in a Membership Savings Account.

Credit unions are financial institutions owned by their accountholders, and member funds are federally insured by the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) up to at least $250,000.

Congratulations Joe!