Maps Community Foundation Awards 13 College Scholarships

Maps Community Foundation Awards 13 College Scholarships

The Maps Community Foundation has awarded $11,000 in college scholarships to 13 Mid-Valley students this spring. The Foundation is the charitable arm of Salem, OR-based Maps Credit Union.

The scholarship winners, selected from a pool of 58 applicants, were selected by Maps Credit Union employees based on students’ grades, accomplishments, career goals, financial need, application essays and interviews with the employees.

The applicants include students involved in activities such as yearbook, Future Farmers of America (FFA), and sports such as football and tennis. One student will be the first in his family to attend college. All display a drive to help others.

“We were impressed by every one of the applicants,” said Mitzi Smith, Maps’ Community Development Officer. “We are proud to support the winners as they start the next chapter of their lives.”

Maps Credit Union scholarships for Marion or Polk High School seniors who intend to study at an accredited college or university were awarded to:

  • Braden Palanuk ($1,000) of Salem Academy, who plans to attend George Fox University;
  • Julissa Montero ($1,000) of North Salem High School, who plans to attend Western Oregon University.

Maps Business Partner Scholarships for North Salem, West Salem, or McKay High School seniors who have been in business and management classes for at least a year and plan to study at an accredited college or university were awarded to:

  • Joshua Spann ($500) of West Salem High School, who plans to attend Liberty University;
  • Jason Yue ($1,000) of McKay High School, who plans to attend Oregon State University;
  • Kelsie Meithof ($500) of West Salem High School, who plans to attend the University of Buffalo.

Earl Littrell Scholarships for Marion or Polk County residents who plan on studying economics, accounting, business or a related subject at an accredited college or university in Oregon went to:

  • Brenda Plata-Hurtado ($1,000) of North Salem High School, who plans to attend Western Oregon University;
  • Faith Sully ($500) of Silverton High School, who plans to attend Oregon State University;
  • Cythia Soto ($500) of McKay High School, who plans to attend Chemeketa Community College;
  • Gabriel Linares ($500) of Woodburn High School, who plans to attend the University of Oregon;
  • Julio Jaquez ($1,000) of West Salem School, who plans to attend the University of Oregon.

Dan Penn Scholarships for Marion or Polk County High School seniors who plan to study business, finance or a related subject were awarded to:

  • Jennifer Miranda ($1,000) of West Salem High School, who plans to attend the University of Portland;
  • Joshua Spann ($1,000) of West Salem High School, who plans to attend Liberty University.

The Foundation also awarded two additional scholarships:

  • Ava Krueger of Silverton High School won a $1,000 Maps Insurances Services Scholarship. She plans to study at Portland State University;
  • Jesus Rodriguez-Uribe of Woodburn’s Wellness, Business and Sports School won a $500 scholarship from the Foundation’s Paint and Pinot fundraiser to attend the University of Portland.

Questions about this story? Contact Eric Horvath: 503.350.2222, ehorvath@nwcua.org.

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