BECU Foundation Awards 80 Scholarships to Student-Members

Some of the scholarship winners, above.

The BECU Foundation has awarded 80 BECU student-members with $3,000 scholarships towards their college education.

Through additional fundraising and community support, the BECU Foundation was able to expand the scholarship program by giving away more scholarships than previous years,” said Debbie Wege, executive director of the BECU Foundation. “We take pride in the fact that our program continues to grow each year and that these student-members are putting the credit union philosophy of ‘people helping people’ to work in their communities.”

Annually, the BECU Foundation awards top honors to two high school and two college students. In the college category, the W. Jim Roller Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Ashley Barnett for her work on a mission trip abroad in Kenya where she empowered members of the community.

The BECU Board of Directors Recognition Award was given to Janelle Gibson for volunteering at a summer camp benefitting those suffering with neuromuscular disorders. In the high school category, the M. Bud Jewell Memorial Award was given to Maggie Ugelstad for volunteering to be a caretaker for a classmate with cerebral palsy, and the Gary Oakland Scholarship was awarded to Macey Bishop for her work in changing the trajectory of the lives of the members of the community in Nicaragua.

The recipients demonstrated their passion for helping others by participating in a wide range of community service projects, from founding a non-profit such as Time 2 Party, which provides free birthday parties to children who otherwise would not be able to afford it, to volunteer efforts in poverty stricken countries. Over one thousand applications were submitted and 80 recipients were selected.  Selection was based upon on academic achievement, amount of time dedicated to volunteering in the community, and an essay about their community involvement.

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