Numerica Announces Student Scholarship Recipients

Numerica Credit Union (Spokane, WA) announced the five recipients of the 2016 Student Ambassador Scholarship recently. The winners were awarded $1,500 to be applied to their pursuit of higher education.

“Numerica is committed to enhancing lives and fulfilling dreams,” said Kelli Hawkins, Communications Manager. “A student’s dream of higher education shouldn’t be cut short because of financial limitations.”

“There are many scholarships that focus primarily on grades and financial need. Numerica believes that giving back helps to strengthen the places we live, work, and play and felt that there should be a scholarship to reward those efforts,” stated Hawkins.

The Student Ambassador Scholarship was established to recognize a student’s community service efforts. This is the first year of the scholarship program, and more than 40 submissions were received. In addition to being a Numerica member, completing a cover letter, application, and a non-profit letter of reference, the selection process also included an interview.

Recipients were chosen by a panel of community and Numerica representatives.

The 2016 winners are:

  • Lillie Marsh was a senior at Liberty High School in Spangle, Washington. While she may have not started high school thinking college was in her future, Marsh has worked hard to make it now a reality. She plans to attend Eastern Washington University and ultimately work as a labor and delivery nurse. Marsh is very involved in her school and has been a volunteer at an art camp for children for the last four years.
  • Talen Schoening was a senior at Cashmere High School in Cashmere, Washington. Her “amazing teachers” have inspired her to share passion and creativity for the next generation of students. Schoening plans to attend Central Washington University. She is very involved in her community volunteering at events like Make A Difference Day, Diaper Drive, Touch A Truck, Small Miracles Summer Lunch Program, Back to School Backpack Giveaway, and My Girlfriend’s Closet.
  • Mallery Sisson was a senior at Coeur d’Alene High School in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Sisson will attend North Idaho College to finish her associates degree. She hopes to then continue to the University of Idaho for her bachelor’s degree of biological and agricultural engineering where she wants to make a difference in U.S. agriculture. Sisson is also an Ambassador for the 4-H program of Kootenai and Shoshone Counties.
  • Paul Yount was a senior at East Valley High School in Spokane Valley, Washington. Yount plans to attend the University of Great Falls to study Forensic Biology.

Growing up, Yount was always looking for ways to “save the world” and make the community a better place. Whether it was recycling or helping at local events, he found his passion to “give back.”

  • CaraLee Howe was a senior at Lewis and Clark High School in Spokane, Wash. Three years ago, Howe had to undergo a life-saving surgery where her spine had to be fully fused. Despite this struggle, she always loved participating in the performing arts and will continue to pursue that passion at the University of Washington. CaraLee serves on the Lilac Festival’s Royal Court, volunteering for numerus community events.

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