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FEEA Awards $451,525 in Scholarships

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Lakewood, CO (October 21, 2014) – The Federal Employee Education and Assistance Fund (FEEA) is pleased to announce the 2014-15 scholarship contest winners. A total of $451,525 was awarded to 371 students, including 47 federal employees continuing their educations and 324 federal family members. Winners shared in awards ranging from $500 to $5,000, with an average award of $1,000, and hailed from 45 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, Germany, and Japan. 
 
Applicants are federal employees, their spouses, and college-age dependents. Students must write a short essay, submit a list of community service and extracurricular activities, provide a letter of recommendation, and have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA (on a 4-point scale). 3,253 eligible applications were received for this year’s contest.

Among the winners are seven exceptional students selected as this year’s FEEA-NTEU scholarship. FEEA-NTEU awardees are selected from among the top winners in each of FEEA’s 27 regions and need not be from an NTEU-affiliated agency. Each received a $5,000 award in addition to their regional awards. 

The 2014-15 FEEA-NTEU winners are:

Shannon Beattie, a 21-year veteran of federal service who works for the FDIC and is pursuing a graduate degree at the University of Massachusetts – Amherst;
Matthew Halfmann, son of VA employee Michael Halfmann, who just began his college career at Texas A&M University;
Whitney Johnson, a newly-minted student at the University of North Carolina – Greensboro, and daughter of Derrick Johson, a Federal Bureau of Prisons employee;
Kevin Lin, a University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign student and son of IRS employee Joan Sun;
Archana Nair, daughter of USPS employee Latha Nair, and a graduate student at Stanford University;
Maritza Ozepy, and IRS employee soon to earn a degree from Northern Kentucky University; and
Edward Working, a Marine Corps veteran and VA employee pursuing a graduate degree at Crown College/Holy Apostles.
 
For her work ethic, determination, and dedication to helping others, Martiza Ozepy was awarded this year’s Vernon Hunter Memorial Scholarship. Mr. Hunter was a Vietnam veteran and 27-year IRS employee who lost his life when a rogue pilot flew his single-engine plane into an Austin, Texas, office building housing employees of the IRS. NTEU created the memorial scholarship to honor his legacy of commitment, dedication and leadership and to recognize those qualities in the next generation of leaders. Short biographical statements for Maritza and the other FEEA-NTEU winners are available online.
 
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FEEA, Shaw Bransford & Roth Announce Bill Bransford Helping Hands Fund

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Lakewood, CO (December 18, 2013) – Washington, D.C. (December 18, 2013)— The Federal Employee Education & Assistance Fund, the law firm of Shaw Bransford & Roth, and the Bransford family are pleased to announce a new fund under the FEEA umbrella in honor of Bill Bransford, long-time FEEA supporter and board member. The Bill Bransford Helping Hands Fund will provide much needed grants to federal employees for whom repayment of even a no-interest FEEA loan would create an undue hardship. The Fund is an outgrowth of more than $15,000 in memorial donations to FEEA following Bill's passing in early October. Those individual donations were matched by Shaw Bransford & Roth, and now provide a $30,000 foundation for ongoing assistance to civilian federal and postal employees.

Bill's passion for public service and dedication to the men and women who serve was well known in the federal community, and especially at FEEA. Said FEEA Executive Director, Steve Bauer, "Bill's greatest concern was always ensuring those who most needed help would receive it and I can think of no more fitting tribute than to provide that assistance in his name. Bill will live on in our hearts and his legacy will be in continued service to federal employees."

"Bill was known as a champion of the federal workforce and dedicated his profession to advocating on their behalf. This fund recognizes that dedication and ensures that his legacy continues to truly help those in need. He'd approve, and ask you to join him in support," said Debra Roth, longtime law partner at Shaw Bransford & Roth.

Donations to the Fund are tax deductible to the full extent of the law and may be made online at www.feea.org/GiveBBfund or by mailing a check to FEEA/Bill Bransford Fund, 3333 S. Wadsworth Blvd, Suite 300, Lakewood, CO 80227.

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FEEA Ready to Assist Navy Yard Families

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Lakewood, CO (September 17, 2013) – The Federal Employee Education and Assistance Fund (FEEA) offers condolences to the families of those killed in yesterday's mass shooting at the Navy Yard in Washington, DC.  We mourn the loss of twelve men and women who served their country well.
 
Although FEEA has had some recent financial challenges, the charity stands ready to assist the families of the fallen civilian federal employees, should any have acute financial needs in the coming days and weeks.  Families needing assistance should contact FEEA at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or 1-800-323-4140.  Those wishing to make donations to assist these families can do so at www.feea.org/GiveFallenFeds.
 
Donations to FEEA's General Fund are still urgently needed in order for FEEA to assist federal families affected by recent flooding in Colorado, as well as to resume providing assistance to furloughed employees and to prepare for continued sequestration-related cuts affecting federal employees as soon as October.  Donations may be made via credit card on FEEA's web site at www.feea.org/Give.  Donations via check made out to "FEEA" may be sent to:  FEEA Headquarters, 3333 S. Wadsworth Blvd., Suite 300, Lakewood, CO 80227.  Corporations interested in becoming FEEA sponsors should contact Robyn Kehoe at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or 202-554-0007.
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FEEA Suspends Furlough Loans

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Lakewood, CO (September 4, 2013) – In spite of generous donations from the BlueCross/BlueShield Association, GEICO and GEBA, and nearly 100 individual donations in the last week, FEEA is forced today to suspend new furlough-related loans to civilian federal employees.

“FEEA’s Board and staff are distraught by the necessity of suspending new furlough loans to federal employees.  It is always our goal to be able to assist every fed, every time, however, financial circumstances compel us to take a different path at this time.  We remain hopeful that new donations and sponsorships will allow us to continue serving needy federal employees as sequestration continues and additional budget constraints threaten federal families.” said FEEA Board president Robert Tobias.

Since the start of FEEA’s fiscal year on May 1, 2013, emergency loan volume has nearly doubled each month, reaching a record high of more than $235,000 out the door in August alone.  Average loan volume for FEEA is less than $50,000 per month.  Total emergency loans in the first four months of the fiscal year have topped $500,000, or nearly 90% of annual loan volume for the past several years.  This unprecedented need has created cash flow problems for the organization, which now must dramatically cut back new loans in order to remain solvent.

Donations to FEEA's General Fund are urgently needed in order for FEEA to resume providing assistance to furloughed employees and to prepare for continued sequestration-related cuts affecting federal employees as soon as October.  Donations may be made via credit card on FEEA's web site at www.feea.org/Give.  Donations via check made out to "FEEA" may be sent to:  FEEA Headquarters, 3333 S. Wadsworth Blvd., Suite 300, Lakewood, CO 80227.  Corporations interested in becoming FEEA sponsors should contact Robyn Kehoe at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 202-554-0007.

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FEEA Running Out of Money

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Lakewood, CO (August 14, 2013) – The Federal Employee Education & Assistance Fund is processing more than a dozen applications each day and has now helped nearly 400 federal employees with paychecks reduced due to furloughs.  Feds have received more than $225,000 in no-interest loans from FEEA since May 1, 2013.  Total loans during the same period have now stretched past $350,000 – more than half of FEEA’s emergency assistance output for all of 2012 in just over three months.

Although reductions in number of furlough days announced last week by DoD and HUD are good news for feds, FEEA still has more than 500 applications pending and is receiving more each day.  The furlough crisis has strained FEEA’s budget and the agency is now in danger of having to turn away those in need due to a lack funds.

Many of the employees who have been coming to FEEA for help already have tight budgets and, although they cut back where they could in anticipation of being furloughed, were simply not able to save enough to make up for the loss of pay.  Feds like Terry Graley, a DoD employee in Virgina, whose pay loss was almost equal to the amount of his rent;  or Jennifer Pearson, an IRS employee in Maryland, whose husband works for a company that shut down for a week just as Pearson was also experiencing furlough days; or DLA employee Delvin Baldwin who is the sole provider for a family of five and recently had to take leave without pay due to an extended illness.  These hardworking men and woman were doing the best they could to make ends meet under normal circumstances and furlough pay loss made it impossible to pay the rent this month without assistance.

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