Melrose Credit Union awards scholarships

Do you know a high school athlete who is a leader on the field, off the field and in the community? Whether it's donating time to charitable organizations, maintaining great grades or contributing to the community in a positive way, Melrose Credit Union of Briarwood, New York wants to hear about it.

Since 2008, Melrose has been awarding college scholarships to deserving high school athletes through its MVP Scholarship Program.

Each year, Melrose has teamed with ESPN New York from September through the end of December to encourage tri-state area parents and athletic directors to nominate high school seniors.

This year Melrose selected four MVP finalists and one wild-card finalist to attend the Melrose MVP Scholarship Awards Dinner on Mar. 6. The dinner was officiated by Melrose's CEO Alan Kaufman and Director of Marketing and Public Affairs Rob Nemeroff. The master of ceremonies for the evening was 98.7 FM's voice of the Knicks, Spero Dedes.

This year's winner of a $5,000 award was Brian Eustace III from Metuchen High School. Eustace is a three sport athlete. He has been captain of his soccer, basketball and baseball teams. He was an All Middlesex County Honorable Mention and All Blue Division defender on the soccer team. In baseball, he was an All Blue Division pitcher, finishing his junior season with the 6th lowest ERA in NJ. In the classroom, Brian has excelled with a remarkable GPA of 3.9 and is a member of the National Honor Society and the German National Honor Society. He is also a member of Student Council and the school chorus.

Outside the classroom and off the field, Eustace finds time to volunteer in the community. He is captain of his altar serving team at St. Francis Cathedral and volunteers monthly at St. Mary's Soup Kitchen in Plainfield, N.J. When his best friend and basketball teammate was diagnosed with bone cancer this past summer, Brian designed yellow "Cure for Connor" bands and sold them to the community. He was responsible for raising over $4,000 for the Embrace Kids Foundation. The Embrace Kids Foundation helps families whose children have cancer, sickle cell disease or other blood disorders. Next year, Eustace plans to be pitching at the collegiate level while pursuing a degree in Marketing.

For the first time in it's 7-year history, the MVP program also awarded $1,250 for each of the runner-ups. This year's runner-ups were Ryan Mazzie, Caroline Chagares, Nicholas Imperato and Lindsey Mahnken. To find out more about all of nominees click here.

Based in Briarwood N.Y., Melrose Credit Union has been providing financial services since 1922. It is a $2 billion credit union with over 25,000 members residing across the country and around the world.