Connex recognizes star students

Connex recognizes star students

After reviewing more than 80 applications, Connex Credit Union selected three local students as the 2019 winners of its annual scholarship program.

As part of its ConnexCares philanthropic initiative, the credit union awards $6,000 each year to assist with the high cost of college tuition, books and living expenses.

To qualify, students were required to meet a strict set of educational standards and submit an essay answering the question, “What is the most important money management lesson you have learned in high school that will help you manage your money and live comfortably in college?”

The Nicolas G. Hackett Memorial Scholarship ($2,000) was established in memory of the longtime Connex Credit Union volunteer. The 2019 recipient is New Haven resident Myana Mallory, who attended Wilbur Cross High School in New Haven. 

Mallory will attend Quinnipiac University, majoring in Business Management and Administration.

The John R. Edwards Community Involvement Scholarship ($2,000), established in honor of Connex’s former president and CEO of more than 35 years, is awarded to a student demonstrating a commitment to community service. This year’s recipient is Valerie Gimler of North Haven.

The North Haven High School graduate plans to attend the University of New Hampshire, majoring in Occupational Therapy.

The Arthur B. Haesche Memorial Scholarship ($2,000), named in honor of one of the founding members of Connex Credit Union, is awarded annually to a student majoring in business or finance. The recipient of this year’s Arthur B. Haesche Memorial Scholarship is Tessa Mackey of Guilford.

Mackey currently attends Brown University and is majoring in Business Administration. 

“The selection committee felt there were many impressive candidates who have already made some extraordinary accomplishments in their young lives. I can tell you the committee’s decisions were not easy,” said Frank Mancini, president and chief executive officer, Connex Credit Union. “Congratulations to Myana, Valerie and Tessa – outstanding young members of the community. I wish them the best of luck with their studies and bright futures.”

To learn more about ConnexCares or any of Connex’s other financial programs, visit


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