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Meet Cleveland and Bobbyette, members since 1968 and 1972…
When Bobbyette moved to Columbus in 1972 to become a 5th grade teacher, her girlfriend from college gave her some advice.
“Ok. First, you’ll need a Lazarus charge card and you need to join the Credit Union,” her friend said. Bobbyette took her friend’s advice and has been a member of Education First ever since.
“What I like about the Credit Union is the better rates,” says Bobbyette. “And that as a member, the Credit Union is a part of you. You’re not just a customer, you’re a part-owner.”
Bobbyette has helped judge Education First’s annual scholarship competition for over ten years. She first became a judge when she noticed that few Columbus City School students were winning scholarships.
“I wrote a letter to the Credit Union voicing my concerns,” she said. “I felt that Columbus students deserved a shot.”
Education First agreed and began setting aside one scholarship annually for a Columbus City Schools High School student. The Credit Union also asked Bobbyette to become a judge. “I can say that the Credit Union really listened to my concerns.”
And Bobbyette’s husband Cleveland joined the Credit Union even earlier.
“It was 1968,” says Cleveland. Fresh from the Navy, he had just moved to Columbus from Alabama to work as a custodian for Columbus City Schools.
Cleveland retired as Head Custodian Supervisor and was an active member of the school worker’s union, OAPSE, serving as Vice President. Cleveland was instrumental in bringing diversity to Education First’s staff.
“In the early 70’s there were no people of color working at the Credit Union,” says Cleveland, who like Bobbyette, voiced his concerns.
“We had a meeting about it,” he says. “I said, hey we are members of this Credit Union too and we should see people of color represented in the employees.”
Education First also agreed and made it a priority to hire African American employees.
“We always recommend the Credit Union,” says Cleveland. “Whenever I would hire a new custodian for the school I would make sure to send them down to the Credit Union to open a savings account. I would tell them a Credit Union is the way to go!”
Education First Credit Union is pleased to offer our members GreenPath Financial Wellness. GreenPath’s financial experts will empower you to eliminate financial stress, get out of debt, increase savings, and achieve your financial goals. For more information please click here.
To serve you better, our German Village Office has relocated to 510 E. Mound St., Columbus, Ohio 43215. There is plenty of Free Parking, a 24-Hour ATM, Full-Service Lobby, Saturday Hours, Night Depository, and a great staff waiting to see you! For directions to our new office please click here.
Online Loan Payments & Account Funding Is Available!
Online Payments & Deposits are conveniently available for you through our website, a smart phone and even text messaging!
Make Your Education First Credit Union loan payment or fund your account ONLINE with any credit card, debit card, or checking account.
Payment Examples: If you are making a loan payment in the amount of $250.00 using a debit card or checking account number, your transaction amount will be $254.95. If you are making a loan payment in the amount of $250.00 using a credit card, the transaction amount will be $257.38.
If you have any questions about this service, please contact Education First Credit Union. Other fees and/or restrictions may apply.
Please Be Advised—Same Day ACH Debits will become effective on September 15, 2017. This means any payments made by writing a paper check or made by telephone could clear your checking account on the same day you write the check or authorize the payment by phone.
Education First Credit Union offers an interest-free classroom supply loan! This loan is designed to help teachers stock their classrooms with the supplies necessary for students to do their best!
We are pleased to announce that Enterprise Car Sales brings more benefits, more value and more resources to our members! Great Used Cars – and great financing from Education First Credit Union!
Why Enterprise? Although they are most widely recognized for car rentals, they have been in cars sales for over 50 years. They have 135 sales offices nationwide, with 2 in Ohio, one in Cincinnati and Columbus.