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14 local students earn 2021 Numerica scholarships
Numerica Credit Union awarded $25,000 in scholarships to 14 students who care for their communities. The breakdown of these 2021 scholarships include:
- Continuing Education Scholarships: For students continuing their journey toward an associate, bachelor’s, or master’s degree. 4 local residents received $2,500 each.
- Student Ambassador Scholarships: Given to high school seniors committed to giving back to the community. 10 students were awarded $1,500 each.
“Reducing financial barriers to education is as important as ever as we emerge from a difficult year,” said Katie Scofield, community development and impact relationship manager at Numerica. “We are honored to celebrate the academic accomplishments of this year’s scholarship winners by alleviating part of the financial burden.”
$2,500 Continuing Education Scholarship winners
Chelsea Brouse, Coeur d’Alene
“I love having the opportunity to show my kids that anything is truly possible when you have the right support and dedication.”
Chelsea is a first-generation student on top of being a wife and mother of four. She is currently pursuing a bachelor’s in social work at Lewis-Clark State College. Her ultimate goal is to open a practice as a licensed marriage and family therapist.
Kiara Husted, Malaga
“… At the end of the tunnel, there is always a light. By finishing school, I hope to become successful so I can provide a better life for my son and take care of my family.”
Kiara is enrolled in the radiology program at Wenatchee Valley College. The final year’s focus on clinical education requires a full-time focus, but she is determined to complete a lifelong goal of working in healthcare to “set a good example for my son.”
Jocelyn Ruiz, Kennewick
“My goal is to get a job at the elementary school I went to, because when I was in elementary school, I received a lot of help from staff and social workers.”
A first-generation college student, Jocelyn completed a bachelor’s degree in social work this spring and is now pursuing her master’s from Eastern Washington University. In addition to pursuing a job in education, she hopes to support and inspire her family and younger siblings.
Sarah Simmons, Spokane
“My goal is to design solutions that will both protect the earth’s water sources while at the same time meeting the needs of the people of the community.”
Water resources are the focus of Sarah’s civil engineering studies at Gonzaga University. After completing her degree, she hopes to join the Peace Corps or Engineers Without Borders before returning to Spokane to “use my knowledge to help our community.”
$1,500 Student Ambassador Scholarship winners
Nicole Araya, Deer Park
“One of my ideas would be to create a business or collective that funds and supports artists and connects them to a market. If I could use my degree to keep a small business thriving and artists happy and fed, I would feel my purpose would be complete.”
After spending the past two years in Spokane Falls Community College’s Running Start program, Nicole plans to pursue a business administration degree at Western Washington University. Thanks to her college credits, she hopes to complete the degree in two years and put her passion for small business and entrepreneurship to work.
Sophia Black, Wenatchee
“My goal is to find new and unique parts of the universe and ourselves that we had never understood before. Ideally, my discoveries will help our world improve, whether that's in the world of medicine, in the world of agriculture, or any number of new and developing fields.”
A Wenatchee High School graduate and decorated swimmer, Sophia plans to study chemistry at the California Institute of Technology before pursuing master’s and doctorate level education in biochemistry and molecular biology. She plans to pursue a career in research to “keep my mind occupied, my heart happy, and my lab very, very busy.”
Sienna De Smet, Kennewick
“I have volunteered at Tri-Cities Prep Garden, St. Vincent de Paul's, and the Arc of Tri-Cities. I plan on continuing to be active in my community because it has been so important to me in high school.”
A graduate of Tri Cities Prep, Sienna plans to study health sciences at Columbia Basin College. After her freshman year, she hopes to transfer to Spokane Community College to becoming a diagnostic medical sonographer. One of seven children, she is striving to pay her own way through college without accumulating debt.
Joshua Demant, Spokane
“The infiniteness and crypticness of space astounds me into wanting to continually learn more about it, absorbing all that my brain can comprehend.”
A Mead High School graduate and Spokane Scholar, Joshua plans to study applied physics and engineering at Whitworth University. His long-term goal is to pursue a master’s in aerospace engineering and achieve a career in that field. “If I find an open door, working at a place like the Jet Propulsion Laboratory would be incredibly exciting,” he said.
Whitney Holbert, Post Falls
“It takes special people to truly understand the struggle that patients with brain trauma go through on a day-to-day basis, and I want to be the one that is always there to take care of them.”
A Timberlake High School graduate, Whitney plans to get a degree in nursing at North Idaho College. A survivor of a near-fatal auto accident, she is especially interested in assisting patients who experience brain trauma. Long-term goals include becoming a neuroscience nurse and studying brain disease and injuries.
Jack Johnston, Post Falls
“It isn't enough for me to go into a career where I can fill teeth or fill minds; I deeply want to enter a career which can change lives.”
A Post Falls High School graduate who was state vice president for Business Professionals of America, Jack plans to study government and economics at Wesleyan University in Connecticut. Future ambitions include volunteering for the Peace Corps and working for the State Department “to see the benefit of my work impact globally.”
Jay McGregor, Spokane
“I am very passionate about sustainability — particularly the human side of the environment and our role in the natural world.”
A Ferris High School graduate and Spokane Scholar, Jay plans to pursue a double degree in environmental studies and English from the University of Washington. His high school research project on converting wheat straw waste into bioethanol won first place at the Washington State Science and Engineering Fair, further fueling his interest in a career related to sustainability.
Olivia Sandvik, Colbert
“If it were possible, I would major in a dozen subjects. Since it is not, I chose a handful of topics that I find fascinating.”
A Northwest Christian School graduate and honor student, Olivia plans to study English at Gonzaga University with a concentration in writing. She looks forward to engaging a wide range of subjects to prepare for a career as a writer or editor — “whatever path I choose will be to serve and enlighten those around me.”
Makenna Schwab, East Wenatchee
“I plan on pursuing a career in children’s healthcare to help make a difference in a world I know all too well. … This is what I want to do for the rest of my life.”
An Eastmont High School graduate and ASB president, Makenna plans to pursue a communications degree at the University of Washington. Born with a life-threatening medical condition — Makenna calls Seattle Children’s Hospital a “second home”— she founded the Makspire Foundation and has raised $1.2 million for kids and families facing serious medical conditions.
Issavel Stephenson, Pasco
“For years I had known I wanted to be an engineer, but over time I realized I am not the typical image of what people assume an engineer ‘looks’ like. I am a Hispanic girl who loves math and science.”
After spending the past two years in Columbia Basin College’s Running Start program, Issavel is excited to transition to the University of Washington College of Engineering. With rich experience in STEM classes, she loves how “applying my passion for engineering can have positive impacts in my community.”
How to apply for student scholarships at Numerica
With $45,000 in scholarships awarded in 2021 through multiple programs, Numerica helps members fulfill their dreams. Check out all of the scholarship opportunities through our financial education center.