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2019 Scholarship Winners


10 Students Awarded a Total of $10,000

For the past 25 years, SLFCU has supported student members with annual essay scholarship competitions. Congratulations to our 2019 scholarship winners, and thank you to the 24 members who volunteered their time as judges.

Of the 93 applications submitted, 10 students were selected to receive awards ranging from $400 to $3,000. Students submitted essays describing how they determined the cost of college was worthwhile to them. Following are excerpts from the top three winning essays:

Rebecca RestrepoSivan Myers First Place
Three years ago, I couldn’t fully picture the value of attending college because I couldn’t imagine the things I would learn, the experiences I would have and the people I would meet. I knew the cost of college was worth it because I knew all the amazing opportunities I have had were waiting for me to seize them. The picture may have been fuzzy three years ago but today I can clearly see all I have gained from attending college.

Sivan attends University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Camille Simmons Camille Simmons – Second Place
The college experience throws young adults like myself into a world of classroom learning while immersing us in unfamiliar surroundings, composed of both new locations and diverse people. These circumstances force us to explore who we are as individuals and members of society. Though I know I can never truly understand the experience of another individual, I have made valuable progress in recognizing their identities and stories.

Camille attends Pomona College.

Madison Thompson Madison Thompson – Third Place
I’m 19, a female licensed private pilot, and I love to fly! At 14, I took my first flight through the Experimental Aircraft Association’s Young Eagle program. That day, my pilot let me take the controls for a few minutes and my career choice was made. I was going become a pilot! Since high school, I have continued attending Central New Mexico Community College and am excited that in a few months, I will transfer to Kansas State University, enrolled in their Professional Pilot Program.

Madison will attend Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus.

Additional 2019 SLFCU Scholarship Winners

(in alphabetical order)

Adam Armijo attends Regis University.

Charlotte Carruth attends the University of New Mexico.

Nicholas Kemp attends the University of New Mexico.

Joshua Lucio attends the University of New Mexico – Anderson School of Management..

Amanda Martinez attends the University of New Mexico.

Myah Wilmarth attends the University of New Mexico.

One scholarship recipient preferred to remain anonymous.

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