Monthly Archives: September 2010

CU@School J.P Taravella High School!

Educating young people and spreading financial literacy is very important to us at BrightStar CU.  That’s why we started CU@School, BrightStar’s financial literacy program for students. The program has been implemented in several schools and was approved by the School Board of Broward County.  CU@School includes in-school, student-run credit union branches, financial literacy presentations and career day participation. Students learn hands-on about personal finance, the importance of saving, how to set goals and how to budget.  BrightStar, founded by teachers in 1946, has been a partner with Broward Schools for nearly 65 years.

Here are two video clips featuring faculty at Taravella High School discussing BrightStar’s CU@School program.

Congratulations, National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists!

BrightStar Credit Union congratulates the 44 Broward County Public Schools students who have been named semifinalists in the 2011 National Merit Scholarship Program. Merit Scholarship designees are selected on the basis of their skills, accomplishments and potential for success in rigorous college studies. The 44 students are among more than 1.5 million high school juniors in more than 22,000 U.S. high schools who entered the 2011 Merit Program by taking the PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Congratulations to the semifinalists and GOOD LUCK!  For more information, visit the Broward County Public Schools website here.

BrightStar Has Earned a 4-Star “Excellent” Rating from Bauer Financial

Bauer Financial has rated BrightStar Credit Union with an “Excellent” or 4-STAR Rating for safety and soundness.  Bauer Financial has been reporting on and analyzing the performance of U.S. banks and credit unions since 1983.  Ratings are independent. No institution pays them for ratings, nor can any choose to be excluded.  BrightStar is safe and sound with money to lend for cars, homes and more.  Plus deposits at BrightStar are insured to at least $250,000 by the NCUA, an agency of the federal government.

Learn more about BrightStar’s safety and soundness at

Learn more about Bauer Financial on their web site:

Learn more about the NCUA at


You asked, we listened! Our amazingly low auto loan rate special was scheduled to end TODAY. But due to member interest, we are extending it until the END OF SEPTEMBER! So if you haven’t been able to take advantage, now is the right time for a BrightStar Auto Loan. We offer New & Used vehicle loan rates as low as 2.99% APR. Get pre-approved & close on your loan during the sale period and we give you a $50 Visa Gift Card. Visit for complete details.

Need help finding a vehicle?

Give our wonderful Auto Advisor Roland a call at (954) 497-4186. He can take care of the details in locating your car plus negotiating a great price for you – all without you having to ever step into a dealership. If you have already found the car of your choice, get preapproved then use your preapproved loan to buy a new or used car at any South Florida car dealership during the sale period. But HURRY the sale ends in 10 DAYS

Sign Up for BrightStar e-Statements for your Chance to Win 1 of 3 Prizes

You could win either a brand new 40″ LCD HDTV, a 16GB Apple IPad, or an Amazon Kindle. It’s easy and FREE to enter. All you have to do is sign up for e-statements by November 30, 2010 and you’re entered to win. If you are already registered for e-Statements, then you are already entered into our sweepstakes. E-Statements are a greener way of managing your account for free. Join the movement help the Credit Union reduce paper usage and lower costs. Plus it might save a few trees. Sign Up Today Login to “Online Banking” from our home page Once in Online Banking Click “Online Statements.” You will then be prompted to register. Contest ends November 30, 2010. No purchase necessary. More info and official rules available online at

BrightStar’s Credit Cards are Rated 5 Stars!

BrightStar Credit Union’s Credit Cards are listed on with a whopping 5-STAR rating. That’s because our credit cards have NO annual fee, NO balance transfer fee, super LOW interest rates, a LOW late fee, and NO penalty rates.

Suze Orman recommended credit union credit cards on Larry King Live because we are fair, ethical and offer real value to our members.

What are you waiting for? Jump on the bandwagon. Move your credit card balances to BrightStar today.

You Could Win a Trip to the Super Bowl for LIFE


Who doesn’t love the Super Bowl; the commercials are enough to keep you glued to your seat the entire time. Well now we are giving you a chance of a lifetime. Use your BrightStar Visa Debit or Credit Card between September 9 – December 31, 2010, and you’ll be automatically entered for a chance to go to the Super Bowl for LIFE! Yup that’s right!

The more you use your Visa card, the more chances you have to win. Each NFL season, the winner and their guest will experience the biggest event in football – the Super Bowl. When you use your Visa card, be it for a burger and fries or a pair of socks, you’ll have another chance to win.

For more information, visit

BrightStar Presents Colonial Williamsburg Electronic Field Trips for Broward Schools.

Travel back in time with BrightStar & Colonial Williamsburg. For the eighth year in a row BrightStar Credit Union has sponsored the Colonial Williamsburg Electronic Field Trips for Broward Schools. Colonial Williamsburg offers a series of 7 EFTs throughout the school year, broadcast monthly from October through April. The program includes the EFT, plus curriculum and educational materials to be used in classrooms. Normally, the cost for each school to participate in the EFTs would be $500, but with BrightStar’s support, enrollment is free for the first 40 schools which register. The sponsorship is limited to Broward County elementary and middle schools. Other schools may qualify as well on a first come-first served basis.

Registering for the Electronic Field Trips begins TODAY September 1, 2010.

To register, please download the PDF form from our website and fax it to Colonial Williamsburg for processing. Remember, registration is limited to 40 schools and will automatically be closed once 40 schools have signed up. So jump on board and take a historical trip back in time to meet and greet famous people like George Washington and Thomas Jefferson!