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EAST HARTFORD, CONN. (March 29, 2021)American Eagle Financial Credit Union (AEFCU) today announced a donation of $5,000 to the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History’s Evolutions After-School Program, as the Credit Union continues its support of educational initiatives in the communities where its members live, work and send their children to school. This marks AEFCU’s latest charitable commitment to the New Haven region since the doors to its North Haven branch—the area’s first AEFCU branch—opened in 2019.


The Evolutions (Evoking Learning and Understanding through Investigations of the Natural Science) Afterschool Program is a free science and college-focused program that provides academic support and science career exploration for 120 students from the New Haven and West Haven public school districts. The program focuses on supplementing the formal school experience and encourages students to see themselves as college-bound, scientifically literate citizens.


“Our Evolutions students participate in weekly afterschool classes focused on science career exploration, transferable skill development and college preparation throughout all four years of high school,” shared Sarah Morrill, Assistant Director, Grants Management, Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History. “They’re also provided opportunities for laboratory internships and paid work experience as interpreters within the Museum’s galleries. Together, these young leaders form a STEM-focused, academically driven community that represents a key initiative of Peabody Museum to bring science and local neighborhoods together.”


“To be member-focused means to be community focused, and we’re so pleased to be able to give back to the New Haven region, which has been so welcoming to us,” said Dean Marchessault, president and chief executive officer of American Eagle Financial Credit Union. “The Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History has inspired generations of students and we are excited about how this donation will be put to work through the Museum’s Evolutions After-School Program, which provides hundreds of local young people with the skills and wonderful experiences that they’ll be able to carry with them through high school and beyond.”


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Established in 1935, American Eagle Financial Credit Union (AEFCU) is a full-service credit union offering checking and savings accounts, credit cards, auto loans, mortgages, business accounts and more. American Eagle offers banking online, through its mobile app, or at one of its 15 branches located in Connecticut. AEFCU has more than 158,000 members, over $2 billion in assets, and offers banking services to anyone who lives, works, attends school, or worships in Hartford, Middlesex, Tolland, and New Haven County in Connecticut, and Hampden County in Massachusetts. For more information about American Eagle Financial Credit Union, visit