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Peer Financial Counselors - Meritrust Credit Union Scholars

A former peer financial counselor shares the value of the peer counselor experience:

"As I reflect back on my time on campus, Powercat Financial has been the most beneficial organization I was a part of. Now that I’m looking to buy a house, insurance, and all that comes with “adulting”, being a counselor is still paying dividends, and I’m sure will never stop doing so! The amount I learned, not only about financial information but how to communicate with others and understand their needs, is unmatched by any other experience I had on campus. I’m very fortunate to have been a small part of such an amazing program."

Eli McDonald

I'm Eli McDonald from Overland Park. I am currently pursuing my masters degree in Couples & Family Therapy. I am passionate about helping people reduce stress in their lives. Having a good understanding of one’s finances is a great way to reduce this stress. I reduce stress and save money by using a prepaid debit card for each month.

My name is Abram Mugler from Manhattan. I am a junior studying finance and accounting. Have your budget accessible with your phone so that you can look at it before making a purchase.

My name is Dylan Birkinsha, I am from Atchison. I am majoring in Personal Financial Planning with a minor in Business. I love to work out and cook. I save money by only grocery shopping once a week and planning out my meals to help with having a busy schedule.

Kolby Stein
My name is Kolby Stein, and I am a Junior from Spearville. I am majoring in Finance and minoring in Personal Financial Planning. I love to work out and eat healthy, this also correlates to keeping your finances in check. Meal planning is a great way to save money and to eat healthy!

My name is Jaden Blansett, I am from Holcomb. I am a graduate student pursuing an MBA with an emphasis in finance. I love working with students to help reduce their stress when it comes to financial problems.

My name is RJ Salmen (he/they) and I am a senior from Olathe, KS, studying Personal Financial Planning with minors in Leadership Studies and Queer Studies. My passion is to work for and – more importantly – with students to improve their financial well-being. I love to clothes shop and will often thrift clothes to save money.



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The Meritrust Credit Union Scholars program engages students in a premier service-learning opportunity as a peer financial counselor supporting their success as future finanical professionals. Meritrust Credit Union Scholars participate in professional development and enrichment opportunities to prepare them as future leaders in financial services. Learn more at: https://stories.ksufoundation.org/meritrust