CSB Awards 15 Local High School Students Scholarships as Part of Financial Literacy Program

May 29th, 2019

Community State Bank (CSB) recently awarded $7,500 in educational scholarships to a total of 15 graduating seniors for the 2018-2019 school year. The local students attended Badger High School, Union Grove High School, Waterford Union High School, and Westosha Central High School. Each student was an instrumental part in organizing and volunteering for CSB’s award winning financial literacy program, known as MyLIFE.
 MyLIFE (My Local Interactive Financial Education) was developed by CSB as a comprehensive mylife scholars centralinteractive financial literacy program for high school students to demonstrate the importance of sound money management skills.
Over 60 community businesses, 175 volunteers and the 15 scholarship recipients volunteered for this year’s program. “MyLIFE is a stepping stone to prepare local students for what’s next” said CSB SVP | Business Banker and Cash Management, Neil Buchanan. “Our scholarship recipients are a large part of making these programs run smoothly and efficiently for their school. It’s a huge undertaking and I’m proud of their dedication to the program.”
The program is typically introduced each year to high school juniors. During the school year, the juniors had the opportunity to choose a career path that determined their starting salary for the event. Students were then randomly assigned a “life” – single, married or divorced, kids or not, a credit score, level of education, and student debt – all potential real-life situations. Once their “life” was assigned, they were directed to the gym, where high school staff, local business leaders, community and student volunteers helped guide them through essential life decisions. Each of the students are required to manage a budget as they experience the program.
“I think that MyLIFE opened my eyes because budget in theory seems easy, but then unexpected things pop-up,” said Union Grove High School Valedictorian and MyLIFE Scholar Recipient, Alexis Daigle. “I don’t think high school students think about that and MyLIFE gives us the opportunity to learn about what to expect after high school.”
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In addition to high school juniors, Union Grove High School has extended an invitation for the past 6 years to Shepherds College students, a post-secondary school for individuals with intellectual disabilities.
“This program was designed to serve every student,” said MyLIFE Coordinator, Sherri Gorecki. “Each student’s life is tailored to their preferences, needs and forecasted careers. It’s an honor to have delivered this to our local communities and we hope to do so for many years to come.”
Since the program was launched in 2013 over 6000 students and 6 local schools (Lake Geneva Badger High School, Shoreland Lutheran High School, Shepherds College, Union Grove High School, Waterford Union High School and Westosha Central High School) have been able to experience the program. CSB has also awarded a total of 54 educational scholarships to local high school students.
“MyLIFE continues to get better every year because of the dedication from local businesses, community members and our staff,” said CSB President & CEO, Scott Huedepohl. “Thank you to everyone involved. Together, we are making our communities stronger.”

2019 MyLIFE Scholarship Recipients

Union Grove
High School
Waterford Union High School Westosha Central High School
High School
Alexis Daigle
Joseph Ditscheit
Calvin Obermeyer
Elly Passehl
Grace Baker
Lexi Neubauer
Andrew Osborne
Kristen Ranke
Jefferson Kearby
Kennedy Muff
Javier Retana
Christian Johnston
Madeline Krien
Madeline Schanz
Zoe Walker
Special Thanks to our MyLIFE Schools and Volunteers! 
2019 MyLIFE Local Business Leaders
1st Choice Properties
Advia Credit Union
Bob’s Mobil
Clear Water Outdoor
Coldwell Banker
Community State Bank
Crazy Train
Cyndie Lee Photography
Dave Kott Insurance
David Insurance
Edward Jones
Ford of Lake Geneva
Fox River State Bank
Fox Valley Veterinarian
Glass Insurance
Golden Flight Express
Union Grove Area Chamber of Commerce
Grove Insurance
Hartlage Insurance
Help U Sell
Hibbard, Dammeir & Associates
Host Drive
Jasperson Realty
Julz of Life
Karweik Insurance
Knight Barry Title
Lake Geneva Chiropractic
Lake Geneva Police Department
Landmark Title
Lauer Financial
Lawn Pros
Martin Auto Sales
Martin’s Garage
Midwest Heating & Cooling

Mutual Insurance
Next Door Pub
Norm Co
Peck & Weis Heating & Cooling
Raymond James Financial
Regional Appraisal
Remax Realty
River City Rec
Rockwell Automation
Shepherd’s College
Shepherd’s Community Café
Shorewest Realtors
Sierra Insurance Marketing
Skyline Landscaping Design
Spiegelhoff Insurance
State Farm Insurance
Stinebrink’s Piggly Wiggly
Today’s Child Learning Academy
Total Learning
Town Bank
Trottier Insurance Agency
Union Grove Piggly Wiggly
Union House Social Club
Village Board Administrator
Village Clean
Walworth County Sherriff’s Office
Waterford Area Chamber of Commerce
Waterford Area Kiwanis
Waterford BP
Waterford Kiwanis
Wisconsin National Guard
WLKG Radio