Teacher Mini Grants

Portrait Of Teacher Standing Outside School BuildingMembers 1st of NJ 2020 Teacher Mini Grant Awards

Members 1st of NJ Federal Credit Union believes in giving back to the communities we serve.  Eighty-two years ago, a group of like-minded teachers organized and became the pioneers of our credit union.  It is a pleasure to announce that this year, we are awarding 15 deserving educators, who are also members,  with $200 each, again. We are awarding a total of $3,000 to educators in South Jersey who submit creative ideas for a classroom projects that ignite curiosity and encourage learning. If you’re interested in applying, please view the guidelines and fill out the form below.


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Congratulations to our 2019 winners! Please visit our Facebook Page for the photos from our ceremony.

Mini Grant Winners


2019 Teacher Mini Grant Recipients

Name School Project
Amy Benfer Cumberland Regional High School Purchase items to create sculptures that blend art and math skills together.
Cherie Douglas Quarter Mile Lane School Purchase supplies and incentives for reading challenges from Oriental Trading Education catalog.
Jennifer Knox Upper Pittsgrove School Purchase materials to create their inspirational pencils to give to other schools.
JoAnne Mosley Fairfield Township School Purchase books from Scholastic Book Club for students for the rest of the school year and one book for summer.
Karen Murphy Alloway Township School Purchase Easy Cling Graph Paper to make math fun for students.
Karli Fratz Bridgeton High School Purchase books to create a classroom lending library to increase students desire for reading and offer more reading material.
Kristi Holt Pauline Petway Elementary School Purchase various items for students to create and sell, and the money raised gets donated.
Laurie McGuire Gallaher Elementary Purchase a systematic explicit phonics instruction program to help struggling students read.
Lori Minklei Mount Pleasant Elementary School Purchase fun, science books to get students involved with reading and science.
Lorraine Pino Dr William Mennies School Purchase reading programs: Headsprout and Reading A-Z to help students improve reading skills.
Nicole DeVol Lakeside Middle School Purchase  a carbon dioxide sensor ti track carbon dioxide during exercise and during photosynthesis in plants.
Sara Ann Whitzell Quinton Township Elementary Purchase STEM items to entice students to want to learn about science.
Shawna Beals Fairfield Township School Purchase supplement reading manipulatives to encourage students to be more engaged while reading.
Stephanie Armstrong Gloria M Sabater Purchase LED Glowie mats to allow the students have fun while writing and flashlights for the classroom so students can enjoy reading with flashlights.
Tara Reinerth Alloway Township Middle School Purchase an Ambient Weather Solar Powered Wireless Weather Station for her earth science and space science class.