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Credit Union 1 Awards $25,500 in Scholarships


Anchorage, AK – June 11, 2012 – Credit Union 1 (CU1) is pleased to announce the winners of its 25th annual Bill Countryman Scholarship program. This year, the credit union awarded funds to 12 students from communities throughout Alaska, totaling $25,500 in scholarships toward continued education. This year, 49 applications were received.

  • Gretchen Madriaga, $5,000: Madriaga was born in the Philippines and moved to Kodiak at the age of eight. She currently studies at Kodiak College but plans on attending Pacific University to study oral hygiene.
  • Jacalyne Weber, $4,000: A 2012 graduate of Dimond High School, Weber has been accepted to attend West Virginia University where she will embark on her studies in radiation oncology.
  • Sierra Branham, $4,000: Currently attending Brigham Young University as a freshman, Branham is majoring in neuroscience with a minor in gerontology.
  • Noelle Schmitter-Schrier, $3,000: Schmitter-Schrier is a 2012 graduate of Kenai Central High School and her dreams are to attend Northwestern University and eventually medical school, and to participate in the Doctors Without Borders program.
  • Shealyn Golden, $3,000: Golden plans to attend the University of Alaska Fairbanks and study forensic anthropology and software engineering.
  • Daniel Anderson, $1,500: Anderson is a recent graduate from Nome Beltz High School and plans to attend the University of Portland in the fall to major in mechanical engineering.
  • Olivia Fair, $1,000: Fair is an honor student who will be attending the University of Puget Sound majoring in exercise science with overall aspirations of becoming a pediatric physical therapist.
  • Xavier Mason, $1,000: A 2011 scholarship winner, Mason will continue his studies at the University of Alaska Anchorage majoring in business management with a minor in logistics.
  • Autumn George, $1,000: George intends to attend Seattle Pacific University in the fall, majoring in Spanish and education.
  • Matthew Chavarria, $1,000: From Kodiak and currently attending the University of Portland, he is pursuing a double major; chemistry and Spanish.
  • Ariana Fogle, $500: A 2012 graduate of Kodiak High School, she plans to pursue a degree in English and theater at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
  • Itzhak Lax, $500: A 2012 graduate of Stellar Secondary School, Lax’s goal is to attend the University of Evansville in Evansville, Indiana.

About Credit Union 1: Credit Union 1 is an Alaskan financial cooperative with a mission to help members achieve their financial goals by focusing on excellent service and value. Founded 60 years ago, Credit Union 1 has 15 branches, over 70,200 members, and $800 million in assets. Anyone who lives or works in Alaska is eligible to join Credit Union 1.

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