Pat Ruecker Memorial Scholarship

Pat Ruecker​

Pat retired in 1989 as president of the Marquette Catholic Credit Union. Pat lived a long and full life that included a half century of credit union service. He was one of the pioneers of the credit union movement in the U.P. and in Michigan. He shared his passion for credit unions with great character, integrity and wit, had a huge heart, and loved to make people laugh. Pat served his credit union, the Upper Peninsula Chapter, and the Michigan Credit Union League first as a paid executive of the credit union for 26 years, then as a consummate volunteer board member for another 21 years. 

In 1988, Pat received the Michigan Credit Union League (MCUL) U.P. Chapter Person of the Year Award. In 1993, he received the MCUL’s highest recognition when he received the Distinguished Service Award and was also inducted into its Hall of Fame. In 2002, Pat again received the MCUL U.P. Chapter Person of the Year Award. For 20 years Pat served on the MCUL Board of Directors and as Trustee of the Pension Plan for credit union employees

The Pat Ruecker Memorial Scholarship is an annual merit based scholarship that rewards ambitious, driven, goal-oriented individuals with a background of consistent community involvement or credit union service. This scholarship was established in 2019 to honor the life of Pat Ruecker and continue his legacy of service, innovation, and passion for the credit union movement.

The Pat Ruecker Memorial Scholarship is funded by the Michigan Credit Union League. This scholarship awards $1500 towards the cost of attending the MCUL/CUSG Annual Convention & Exposition. 

Pat Ruecker​ Memorial Scholarship Eligibility Requirements

    Applicants must be:

  • Current Upper Peninsula Credit Union Employees 
  • Under the age of 40, or “40 at Heart”
  • Currently active in some form of volunteering or credit union advocacy


Applications will be reviewed, scored and ranked by the UP Chapter Executive Committe. One scholarship will be awarded to the chosen recipient.

2019 Applications are now closed.

Congratulations Julie Johnson, this year's Scholarship Recipient!  

Thank you to everyone that applied in 2019!

Award Notification

Notification will be made to recipient by early March. Recipient will be officially announced at the UP Annual Chapter Meeting in April 2019