SELCO Community Credit Union Awards $52,500 to 20 High School Graduates

SELCO Community Credit Union, based out of Springfield, Oregon, celebrated the 32nd year of its annual scholarship program by awarding $52,500 in college scholarships to 20 graduating high school seniors throughout the state. Each scholarship recipient will receive $2,500 to use toward college-related expenses, and the Richard Metzler Opportunity Scholarship recipient will receive $5,000.

To celebrate this year’s recipients, SELCO is hosting a virtual ceremony via Instagram Stories (@selcoccu) on Friday, May 13, at 2 p.m.

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 $235,000 to local youth.

“We’re honored to help give these students a well-deserved head start toward their college and career goals,” said Craig Carpenter, SELCO’s Senior Vice President of Lending & Business Banking. “If the quantity and quality of this year’s applications are any indication, Oregon’s high school seniors are as motivated and prepared as ever to do some truly incredible things.”

The credit union’s Scholarship Committee chose this year’s recipients from students across the 27-plus counties it serves. To qualify, applicants had to be graduating from a four-year accredited high school in Oregon, have 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 asked to submit an essay that answers the prompt: “Describe a time when diversity (of ideas, cultures, experiences, etc.) has made you reexamine a belief or viewpoint. Did you change your mind? Why or why not?”

The 2022 SELCO Richard Metzler Opportunity Scholarship of $5,000 was awarded to Aaron Pina from Marist Catholic High School in Springfield, Oregon.

For a complete list of the 2022 SELCO Scholarship recipients, including photos, click here.

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