MAPLE GROVE, MN--(Marketwire - May 26, 2011) - TopLine Federal Credit Union is honored to announce that Rachel Ayoub and Lauryn Heineman each won a $500 scholarship from the Minnesota Family Involvement Council (FIC). This year the FIC offered $11,000 in college scholarships to Minnesota credit union members.

More than 1,200 students applied for the scholarships from credit unions throughout the state. Applicants were selected based on school and community involvement, and an essay which explained what "living within your means" signifies and how credit unions can help achieve that status.

Rachel Ayoub lives in Champlin, and is attending Augsburg College as a graduate student seeking a master's degree in social work with a concentration in multicultural clinical practice. She is an active member of AmeriCorps, which enables her to earn money for college while serving her community and she also volunteers for outreach programs, such as the MN Youth Intervention Programs Association.

Lauryn Heineman lives in Brooklyn Park and is planning on attending the College of St. Benedict in the fall of 2011 for creative writing. She is currently an honor student at Osseo Senior High School, a member of the National Honor Society and is an accomplished cellist.

Harry Carter, President/CEO, said, "TopLine has been involved with the Minnesota Family Involvement Council scholarship program since 1997, and we are very pleased that two of our members were chosen as scholarship recipients this year. We are a strong supporter of financial education in our communities, and participating in the scholarship program fits well within that mission."

The Minnesota Family Involvement Council (FIC) is a volunteer organization made up of representatives from credit unions around the state of Minnesota to enhance the future of the credit union movement by promoting financial awareness, financial education and full-family involvement. The FIC began in 1985 and launched the scholarship program in 1997 and has received more than 7,000 scholarship applications and has awarded nearly $124,000 in scholarships.

TopLine Federal Credit Union, a Twin Cities-based credit union, is Minnesota's 13th largest, with assets of more than $300 million. Established in 1935, TopLine offers a complete line of financial services from five locations with branches in Brooklyn Park, Edina, Maple Grove, Plymouth and St. Paul, as well as by phone and online at Membership is available to anyone who lives, works, worships, attends school or volunteers in Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott or Washington counties and their immediate family members.

Contact Information:

Vicki Roscoe Erickson
AVP Marketing
TopLine Federal Credit Union