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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 graduate student pursuing a MAcc. I hold a degrees finance and accounting. Have your budget accessible with your phone so that you can look at it before making a purchase.
Halle S
My name is Halle Schindler and I am from Paola, KS. I am currently a graduate student pursuing an MBA. I hold a degree in in Agribusiness and minor in Leadership Studies. I love working with students to help reduce their stress when it comes to their finances and making sure they know they can always reach out to someone for assistance!

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.

Quin Vlach

My name is Quin Vlach, I am from Bonner Springs, Kansas. I am a junior in Personal Financial Planning for two reasons, I enjoy: 1) people and 2) numbers. I save money by implementing a monthly budget, downloading drive-thru applications for rewards, saving receipts, and allocating appropriate amounts to my retirement accounts.

Dan Hensarling

My name is Daniel Hensarling from Olathe, Kansas. I’m a senior pursuing a degree in finance with a minor in investment management. I enjoy helping students with their financial questions and supporting smart financial decisions while in college and beyond.

Hello my name is Jackson Harvey, I am from Manhattan, Kansas. I am a junior in Personal Financial Planning. My favorite way to passively save money is to search out and use any student discounts I can find in my regular activities. It helps me save money just for pursuing my passion!

Brenton Wilden
My name is Brenton Wilden, and I am from Gardner, Kansas. I am a junior in Accounting and Finance and will be pursuing my Masters of Accountancy. I try and save money by using cash when I can because it is much more difficult to want to hand over something physical than to do a quick tap with my phone.
Michael P
My name is Michael Pumphrey, AFC® from Houston, TX. I'm an online graduate student completing my Master's in Personal Financial Planning degree with a certificate in Financial Therapy. I enjoy teaching others the financial knowledge and skills which will empower them to accomplish their personal goals.

Aidan Little
My name is Aidan Little and I am from Wichita, KS. I’m currently a junior in the Personal Financial Planning program. With personal finances being the number one stressor in the world, I enjoy helping students relieve some of that stress by answering their financial questions and presenting financial wellness around campus.




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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