Direct Federal Credit Union Announces 2024 Scholarship Recipient

Direct Federal Credit Union ( is pleased to announce the winners of the 2024 Don Kelliher DEI Scholarship and 2024 David Johnson Leadership Scholarship. The two outstanding students have been selected from a highly competitive pool of applicants.

Beth MacCune from Scituate High School has been selected for the Don Kelliher DEI Scholarship. This scholarship was created to honor Direct Federal Credit Union's former Board Vice-Chairman, Chairman, and now Chairman Emeritus, Don Kelliher. The scholarship recognizes a student who has led or supported an effort to make their school and/or community inclusive. During Mr. Kelliher’s time as Chairman, he was instrumental in founding the Diversity Equity and Inclusion Team at the Credit Union. Ms. MacCune will be attending Colorado State University and is enrolled in the Biochemistry program.

Connor Crane from Wilmington High School has been selected for the David Johnson Leadership Scholarship. This scholarship honors Direct Federal Credit Union’s former Board Vice-Chairman, Chairman, and now Chairman Emeritus, David Johnson, and his 35 years of service. The scholarship recognizes and rewards a student who has demonstrated one of Mr. Johnson’s strongest qualities, leadership. Conner will be attending the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and is enrolled in the Isenberg School of Management as an Accounting Major.

Ms. MacCune and Mr. Crane will each receive a $12,000 scholarship and have been offered paid internships at the Credit Union for each year they are enrolled in college.

Joseph Walsh, President and CEO of Direct Federal, stated, "We are incredibly proud to support these exceptional students in their educational journeys. Their achievements are a testament to their hard work, dedication, and the bright futures that lie ahead. We look forward to seeing all that they will accomplish in their respective fields."

These scholarships are part of Direct Federal's ongoing commitment to investing in the education and development of young leaders. By providing financial assistance and encouragement, the credit union aims to foster a new generation of innovators, thinkers, and community leaders.

About Direct Federal Credit Union:

Direct Federal is a federally insured credit union located in Needham, Massachusetts, starting as a local lender in 1953. Direct Federal Credit Union is a leading financial institution committed to providing its members with a wide range of financial products and services. With a focus on community involvement and financial education, Direct Federal Credit Union has been serving Massachusetts residents from Middlesex and Norfolk County and surrounding areas for 70 years.

Source: Direct Federal Credit Union