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$52,500 in College Scholarships Awarded to 20 Oregon High School Seniors Through SELCO Community Credit Union’s Annual Scholarship Program

Press Release

Now in its 33rd year, the program has awarded more than $250,000 in scholarships over the past 5 years

(SPRINGFIELD, Ore) — SELCO Community Credit Union is awarding $52,500 to 20 graduating high school seniors across Oregon as part of its annual scholarship program. Nineteen of the scholarship recipients will receive $2,500 to use toward college-related expenses, and one outstanding senior has been awarded $5,000 as the Richard Metzler Opportunity Scholarship recipient.

SELCO started its scholarship program in 1991 as an important component of its mission to help members reach their financial and educational goals. In the past five years alone, SELCO has awarded more than $250,000 through this program. Unlike many scholarships, these funds can be used for any educational-related expense, not just tuition.

“To say this year’s recipients are impressive would be an understatement,” said Craig Carpenter, SELCO’s Senior Vice President of Lending & Business Banking. “Our hope is that the scholarships will help give these students a running start on the exciting futures ahead of them.”

SELCO’s Scholarship Committee chose this year’s recipients from students across 27 Oregon counties. To qualify, applicants must be a SELCO member or the immediate family of a SELCO member, graduating from a four-year accredited high school, hold a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5, and plan to attend an accredited two- or four-year college or university. 

As part of the application, scholarship hopefuls were also asked to submit an essay that answers the question: “You’ve been tasked with creating a time capsule to be opened in 2123. What do you include and why?”

The 2023 SELCO Scholarship recipients are:

$5,000 Richard Metzler Opportunity Scholarship

 Name

 High School

City

County

 Nakayda Jacobs

North Eugene High School

 Eugene

 Lane

 

$2,500 SELCO Scholarships

 Name

 High School

City

County

Tamerra Cervantes Carlos

Springfield High School

Springfield

Lane

Ashlee Dana

Creswell High School

Creswell

Lane

Jasmine Darmadi

South Eugene High School

Eugene

Lane

Lilly Dedera

Jefferson High School

Jefferson

;Marion

Kallee Eck

Mohawk High School

Marcola

Lane

Hannah Ford

Willamette High School

Eugene

Lane

Austin Gienger

South Salem High School

Salem

Marion

Elli Higginbotham

Southridge High School

Beaverton

Washington

Kaitlin Mattson

Monroe High School

Monroe

Benton

Chazifer Mills

Henry D Sheldon High School

Eugene

Lane

Jaelynn Piccini

Willamette High School

Eugene

Lane

Lydia Plahn

Lowell High School

Fall Creek

Lane

Edie Quinn

South Eugene High School

Eugene

Lane

Naomi Saenger

South Eugene High School

Eugene

Lane

Desmond Scott

Springfield High School

Springfield

Lane

Kaylee Starbuck

Crane Union High School

Burns

Harney

Natafira Suryanata

Sheldon High School

Eugene

Lane

Priscilla Tam

South Eugene High School

Eugene

Lane

Sandra Vasquez

North Eugene High School

Eugene

Lane


Each winner will be invited to attend a ceremony at the Graduate Hotel in downtown Eugene Thursday, May 25.

For a complete list of the 2023 SELCO Scholarship recipients, including photos, visit www.selco.org/why-selco/scholarships/2023-recipients/.

About SELCO Community Credit Union

Founded 87 years ago by a group of fiscally minded teachers, Springfield-based SELCO Community Credit Union today serves more than 150,000 members as one of the largest and longstanding Oregon-based credit unions. A not-for-profit, federally insured, member-driven financial cooperative with more than $2.6 billion in assets, SELCO provides its member-owners with exceptional rates and low fees on a full range of financial products and services, including banking, mortgages, personal and business loans, investments, and insurance. Membership is available to anyone who lives or works in one of the 27 Oregon or 8 Washington counties SELCO serves. For more information or to become a member today, stop by one of SELCO’s 15 branches, visit selco.org, or call 800-445-4483.

Contacts

Jacob Berns, SELCO, 541-338-3841jberns@selco.org
Zack hall, DVA Advertising & PR, 541-876-6811zack@dvaadv.com 

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