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Local students earn Numerica Scholarships
Celebrating local students who elevate their communities while pursuing higher education dreams, Numerica Credit Union awarded $25,000 in scholarships to 14 recipients this June. The breakdown of these 2020 scholarships include:
- Student Ambassador Scholarships: Given to high school seniors committed to giving back to the community, 10 students were awarded $1,500 each.
- Continuing Education Scholarships: For students continuing their journey toward an associate, bachelor’s, or master’s degree, 4 local residents received $2,500 each.
“Numerica sets itself apart by offering a scholarship program that values people actively building stronger communities,” said Katie Scofield, financial education officer for Numerica Credit Union. “College is challenging enough without worrying about how to pay for it. We are honored to not only recognize the effort students put forth in the classroom but relieve part of their financial burden.”
Congratulations to the following winners
Continuing Education Scholarships ($2,500)
Rogelio Pineda, Pasco
“My goals are important. I have learned to prioritize my needs and wants. I have sacrificed a lot because continuing school is very important to me.”
Working a full-time job while attending night classes at Columbia Basin College is a challenge, but it’s non-negotiable to Rogelio. As the legal guardian to his younger brother, he is committed to being the “first in my family to accomplish higher education.”
Aubrieann Hale, Cheney
“My degrees will allow me to positively and meaningfully impact my community and the people who live in it.”
The first in her family to attend college, Aubrieann is pursuing a master’s degree in social work at Eastern Washington University. With a goal of working with veterans, her studies have centered on veteran homelessness and mental health.
Kasey Hermens, Spokane
“I want to use my background to serve my community as a physician’s assistant, improving access to high-quality health care for everyone.”
After her own healthcare experiences kindled an interest in the field, Kasey targeted a bachelor’s degree in public health at Eastern Washington University. After post-graduate training, she plans a career in rheumatology as a physician’s assistant.
Crystal Rang, Ephrata
“The more I can focus on my studies now, the better nurse I will be when I go into the workforce.”
A Dean’s List nursing student at Wenatchee Valley College, Crystal is a first-generation college student intent on taking advantage of her educational opportunities. Her long-term goals include travel nursing and learning Spanish “because I feel there is a deficit in bilingual medical staff.”
Student Ambassador Scholarships ($1,500)
Emily Geisler, Richland
“When I was in elementary school, I struggled with math and other topics which made me want to become a teacher so that I could help students like me who struggle.”
An honors student who excelled in band at Richland High School, Emily is headed to Washington State University to pursue her dream of becoming a third-grade teacher. Her long-term aims include becoming a principal or school counselor.
Kolby Ross, Richland
“Law is one of the few professions that encourages and promotes argument as a way to find truth — arguably the most valuable virtue to have, as it enables us as members of society to rationalize the world without prejudice or bias.”
A triplet, native Hawaiian, and graduate of Kamehameha Schools, Kolby plans to study economics at Washington State University. After that, the debate veteran hopes to enroll in law school to become a public defender.
Grace Meredith-Boucher, Spokane
“I not only love to learn, I love to help others learn. My future career plan is to become not only an elementary teacher but the kind of teacher who helps students become their best self.”
At Ferris High School, Grace dove into her classwork and advanced orchestra while spending free hours volunteering with Santa Express and the Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery. She is headed to Central Washington University to study education.
Julia Albercht, Spokane
“I want to take more classes in environmental sciences and zoology and learn as much as I can about taking care of the world around us, including those creatures that inhabit it.”
Fascinated by her life sciences classes while an honors student at Ferris High School, Julia looks forward to settling into her new life at Washington State University.
Shea Titchenal, Spokane
“After seeing the way speech therapists have helped my brothers, I came to the decision I wanted to pursue speech language pathology as my career.”
A North Star School graduate who simultaneously earned college credit through Running Start, Shea is headed to Eastern Washington University with the goal of pursuing both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in communication sciences and disorders.
Ethan Jaeger, Deer Park
“I enjoy both engineering and biology as I am a very science-oriented and math-oriented person. I feel I am capable of doing either and would enjoy either, so I guess I have to do some soul searching.”
At Riverside High School, Ethan stood out as a Spokane Scholar for science while also earning all-league honors in football and wrestling. At Washington State University, he hopes to decide between two passions: civil engineering or biology.
Jennifer Brunner, Spokane Valley
“I find statistics and probability fascinating, so I am thrilled to be aiming towards a profession that incorporates both.”
As an honors student at University High School, Jennifer volunteered with several organizations, including six years with the American Childhood Cancer Organization of the Inland Northwest. As she transitions to Eastern Washington University, she plans to obtain a business analytics degree to prepare her for a career performing risk assessment in the insurance industry.
Katelyn Anderson, Spokane
“Patch Adams once wrote, ‘You treat a disease, you win, you lose. You treat a person, I guarantee you, you’ll win, no matter what the outcome.’ I desire that to be the guiding principle through nursing and medical school.”
Numerica first learned about Katelyn at age 12, when she opened an account for the nonprofit she founded to send dolls to African children. These days, the Central Valley High School graduate and honors student is readying for nursing school at Grand Canyon University.
Kylie Nelson, Spokane Valley
“My future career plans are to become a surgical sales representative. Eventually, I would like to build a business from the ground up that can give back to the community.”
Kylie’s Freeman High School career was packed with activity, including ASB, FBLA, soccer, basketball, and hundreds of community service hours. She is headed to Montana State University to pursue a bachelor’s degree in marketing and eventually a master’s in business administration.
Raylynn Bucher, Spokane Valley
“As both a student and as an athlete, I have experienced an incredible amount of support from my community and feel a strong pull to give that back!”
Raylynn graduated in June with both a diploma from East Valley High School and an associate’s degree from Spokane Community College. She is off to Linfield University this fall, where she will pursue a career as an athletic director while playing soccer for the Lady Wildcats.
How to apply for student scholarships at Numerica
The 2020 scholarships for current students have been awarded — applications will reopen in early spring for the 2021 school year — but that doesn’t mean we are dropping the curtain on scholarships for the year.
Nope. Not before we tackle college debt.
Student Loan Repayment Scholarships (up to $5,000)
Are you a Numerica member working to pay off your associates, bachelor’s, or master’s degree? We are proud of you, and we offer scholarships to help members saddled by student loans.
Applications for Student Loan Repayment Scholarships will be open from September to November 2020, with winners announced in December.
Student scholarships at Numerica
With $45,000 in scholarships being awarded this year, Numerica offers multiple programs to helps its members fulfill their dreams. Check out all of the scholarship opportunities — and explore relevant advice for your financial well-being — through our Financial Education center.
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