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DAHLGREN, VA (June 1, 2021) – Topside Federal Credit Union, the area’s largest locally owned credit union, recently awarded scholarships to five students from King George, Fredericksburg, Stafford, and Spotsylvania.

Applicants were tasked with researching the importance of financial education for students their age, developing an outline for a financial education program that would appeal to their peers, and identifying the impact their program would have on their future. Among the numerous entries, the five winners were selected based on their creativity and outstanding essay structure.

The local winners were Braden Yates, Emma Shaeffer, Dana Jensen, Hayden Kendall, and Aren Wallace. Yates, the recipient of the Harry C. Ovitt, Jr. Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $3,000, is a graduate of Massaponax High School and plans to attend The University of Virginia. Shaeffer, recipient of the Jesse Miller, Fredericksburg (VA) Alumni Chapter, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc Scholarship in the amount of $1,000, is a graduate of Fredericksburg Christian School and plans to attend Lancaster Bible College. Jensen is a graduate of Jensen Academy and plans to attend Germanna Community College. Kendall is a graduate of Stafford Senior High School and plans to attend Savannah College of Art and Design. Wallace is a graduate of Stafford Senior High School and plans to attend James Madison University. These 3 individuals are recipients of the John J. Walsh Memorial Scholarships in the amount of $1,000 each.

Topside’s scholarship program has been offered to student members for over a decade. Application guidelines and details can be found at


As a member-owned financial cooperative originally founded in 1961 by the employees of the Naval Weapons Laboratory in Dahlgren, VA. Topside has more than $450 million in total member assets serving 40,000 members. Visit or call 540-663-2181 for more information.

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