PSCU Helps 30 High School Students Afford College with Scholarships
LONE TREE, CO (June 14, 2016) – Public Service Credit Union, along with its Dedicate to Graduate Foundation, awarded 30 students with college scholarships at the inaugural PSCU Scholarship Banquet on June 11, as part of the Credit Union’s new Community Scholarship Program. Students were recognized for their outstanding academic achievement and community involvement with scholarships ranging from $1000 to $5000 each.
A total of $44,000 was awarded to students from Denver, Fort Collins and Colorado Springs.
“We wanted to do something meaningful in the communities we serve,” said Steve Ferrero, Senior Vice President of Community Involvement and Advocacy.
Three different types of scholarships were awarded at the scholarship event including the Dedicate to Graduate Scholarship, the Community Scholarship, and the Community Leadership Award. The Dedicate to Graduate winners, Julianna Oviedo (Overland High School) and Elise Ritschard (Colorado State University), each received $5000 awards. To be eligible for the Dedicate to Graduate Scholarship either the student or their parent has to be a PSCU member.
The Community Scholarship was given to 28 students representing high schools in each of PSCU’s 28 branch communities. School representatives nominated the students based on the eligibility requirements, which included a 3.2 or higher GPA and involvement in the community. Each student received $1000 and was eligible for the Community Leadership Award. (See list of students and high schools below.)
The $5000 Community Leadership Award was given to Aryana Martinez from Poudre High School. Aryana received both awards for a total of $6000 to attend the University of New Mexico. Aryana was recognized for her 400 hours of volunteer service and her leadership in several school organizations.
All the scholarships were funded by the Dedicate to Graduate Foundation.
The event also included keynote speaker Sonny Lubick, the legendary former Colorado State University football coach. Sonny shared words of wisdom with the students, parents, and PSCU staff that were in attendance at the DoubleTree Hotel in Thornton.
“Sonny is an inspiration both on and off the field,” Ferrero said. “The students and parents enjoyed his stories of triumph and disappointment and how both contributed to who he is today.”
The Community Scholarship Program is part of the Credit Union’s new Community Involvement Initiative that also includes PSCU Gives, a branch donations and employee volunteer program.
Community Scholarship Recipients
Andrew Bennett – Rocky Mountain High School
Anna Martens – Denver East High School
Anya Cappon – North High School
Ariana Villalovous-Estrada – Manual High School
Aryana Martinez – Poudre High School
Awah Tilong – Aurora Central High School
Christopher Klausner – Thomas Jefferson High School
Da-Eun Deborah Son – Highlands Ranch High School
Elinor Nethery – Gateway High School
Elizabeth Bland – Greeley High School
Gabriela Bautista – Brighton Heritage Academy
Holly Fink – Denver South High School
Jake Anderson – Littleton High School
Jessie Jennett – Lakewood High School
Jordan Crouch – Horizon High School
Jordan Mullen – Legend High School
Kelsi Schuetz – Thompson Valley High School
Kristina Paulsen – Rangeview High School
Lauren Davies – Fossil Ridge High School
Luke Weaver – Fort Collins High School
Noah Baldwin – Windsor High School
Reina Gonzales – Coronado High School
Ryan Wood – Legacy High School
Sirey Zhang – Cherry Creek High School
Steven Santaniello – Columbine High School
Theresia Sari – George Washington High School
Timothy Soeur – Hinkley High School
Tressa Fell – Pomona High School