University of Illinois Community Credit Union Announces 2022 Orange & Blue Scholarship Recipients

CHAMPAIGN, IL — Each year, U of I Community Credit Union awards seven college-bound high school seniors a scholarship up to $1,000 based on the Illinois college of their choice. The Orange & Blue Scholarship Program is designed to benefit students who are U of I Community Credit Union members and will be attending the University of Illinois, Parkland College, and other Illinois colleges and universities.

Scholarship applications are reviewed by a team of volunteers at the U of I Community Credit Union and are given a score based on the information and documents submitted. Applicants are asked various questions including their favorite activities throughout high school, and any honors or awards they have received. They are also required to submit two letters of recommendation and an essay relating to the benefits of credit unions.

“We are incredibly proud of our 2022 Scholarship recipients,” said Lisa Paul, UICCU VP of Member Experience. “These students not only exceeded expectations academically, but their diligence to impact their communities thoroughly impressed us.”

The 2022 Orange & Blue Scholarship winners have been announced and will be recognized on UICCU’s social media channels in August. UICCU is proud to announce the 2022 Orange & Blue Scholarship recipients:


Eastern Illinois University

  • Morgan Smith – Villa Grove High School

Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville

  • Grace Larson – Mahomet-Seymour High School

Northwestern University

  • Ian Evenson – University Laboratory High School

Parkland Community College

  • Jonathan Gibson – Central High School

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  • Sylvie Leyerle – Centennial High School
  • Grace Coffey – Blue Ridge High School
  • Liam Potenberg – Central High School


Details about the scholarship are available online at


U of I Community Credit Union is a not-for-profit, member-owned cooperative that provides a wide range of financial products and services to anyone who lives or works in Champaign, Ford, Piatt, Douglas, Vermilion, Coles, Dewitt, Edgar, Iroquois, Moultrie, and Sangamon, IL counties as well as University of Illinois employees, Carle employees and other select employee groups. UICCU was named one of the 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021 Best Places to Work in Illinois and 2019 Tops in the 217 Winner for Banks/Credit Unions. To learn more, visit