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August 28, 2020

WSECU Announces 2020 Scholarship Recipients

WSECU Announces 2020 Scholarship Recipients

Aug. 28, 2020 (Olympia, Wash.) – WSECU awarded $100,000 in college scholarships to 37 credit union members pursuing higher education.

WSECU has been committed to helping members reach their educational goals by awarding college scholarships for more than three decades. Recipients are selected by a committee comprised of fellow credit union members and employees. The selection process is based on an evaluation of several criteria including academic record, financial need, community involvement and a written essay.

“This year we nearly doubled our scholarship giving to support more of our members working to accomplish their educational goals,” said Ann Flannigan, Vice President of Public Relations. “When we started this process, we couldn’t have imagined how much the world would change. We’re grateful to provide more aid than ever before for these intrepid individuals.”

A total of 26 students who will attend a four-year or post-graduate institution this fall received a $3,000 scholarship. This year’s recipients are:

  • Isaac Olson, of Snohomish, attending University of Washington-Seattle Campus
  • Lauryn Daniels, of Lacey, attending University of Washington-Seattle Campus
  • Jonathan Holder, of Olympia, attending Whitworth University
  • Kailyn Beierle, of Spokane, attending Washington State University
  • Malini Rajbhandari, of Olympia, attending Bryn Mawr College
  • Valentina Reetz, of Olympia, attending SPSCC
  • Sydney Clark, of Vancouver, attending Washington State University
  • Moira Rader Rice, of Olympia, attending University of British Columbia
  • Vivian White, of Seattle, attending Western Washington University
  • Jose Riera, of Pullman, attending Washington State University
  • Kathleen Darger, of Olympia, attending Saint Martin's University
  • Mason Bryant, of Olympia, attending Columbia University
  • Oluyemisi Akinbade, of Prosser, attending Washington State University
  • Amanda Sides, of Olympia, attending University of Washington-Tacoma Campus
  • AnnaMarie Addington, of Rexburg, attending Brigham Young University-Idaho
  • Hannah Lea, of Mount Vernon, attending University of Washington-Seattle Campus
  • Santino Iannone, of Seattle, attending University of Washington
  • Jerlin Joana Dizon, of Seattle, attending University of Washington-Seattle Campus
  • Jamie Connally, of Ellensburg, attending Central Washington University
  • Rayna LaFave-Clark, of Everett, attending Pacific Lutheran University
  • Olivia Alvord, of Winlock, attending Saint Martin's University
  • Sarah Jones, of Centralia, attending Washington State University, Vancouver
  • Ruby Breitsprecher, of Pullman, attending University of Idaho
  • Elizabeth Barbuto, of Olympia, attending George Fox University
  • Isabel Emery, of Seattle, attending Loyola University New Orleans
  • Megan Maggard, of University Place, attending Seattle University

The credit union also granted 11 scholarships to students in two-year community colleges or vocational programs. The $2,000 scholarship recipients for the 2020-2021 academic year are:

  • Sheena Herigstad, of Olympia, attending South Puget Sound Community College
  • Alexander Bonesteele, of Shoreline, attending Academy of Interactive Entertainment
  • Jalyn Ash, of Airway Heights, attending San Juan College
  • Austin Schaler, of Olympia, attending St Martin's University
  • Joseph Marcoe, of Tenino, attending Centralia College
  • Jonathan Palmen, of Olympia, attending South Puget Sound Community College
  • Kaycie Leslie, of Moxee, attending Washington State University
  • Inajah King, of Lacey, attending SPSCC
  • Rhiannon Lott, of Olympia, attending Centralia College
  • Tessa Smith, of Centralia, attending Centralia College
  • Xavier Barnes, of Olympia, attending Everett Community College

WSECU is a not-for-profit credit union open to all Washington residents with a special emphasis on serving those who embrace the values of giving, sharing and supporting their communities. WSECU has 270,000 members, 21 branches, and $3 billion in assets. It commits 4 percent of its annual net income to invest back into the communities it serves through partnerships with education and other nonprofit institutions.

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