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American Airlines FCU Awards $80,000 in Scholarships to 16 Youths
Friday, June 3, 2016 6:50 AM

Scholarship Winners
American Airlines Federal Credit Union’s 2016 Scholarship winners who attended this year’s annual shareholders meeting include, back row from left, Michael Romanowski, Matthew May, Tristan Mazzu, Monica Music, and Alexandra Martinez. Front row from left, Donyea Grayson, Emily Guitierrez, Mary Tighe, Sydney Jodon, Prem Patel, and Clare Cushing.

For more than a decade, American Airlines Federal Credit Union in Fort Worth, Texas, has been proud to invest in the futures of its young member-owners by providing scholarship awards toward higher education. In honor of its 80th anniversary, the credit union awarded a grand total of $80,000 in scholarships, their highest total to date.

This year, out of more than 650 initial applicants, the credit union was pleased to award a total of 16 scholarships. Nine high school students and seven college students each received $5,000 scholarships.

“The credit union is proud to provide these outstanding young people a financial incentive to pursue their dreams. We can’t wait to see what’s next from these talented go-getters,” said Lori Hall, senior vice president of marketing and member services at American Airlines Credit Union. “We have high hopes for every one of them.”


Clare Cushing, 18, of Colleyville, Texas, plans to study biomedical engineering at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania.

Donyea Grayson, 15, of Grand Prairie, will study psychology and pre-law at UCLA.

Sydney Jodon, 18, of Phoenix, Arizona, plans to study computer science at Arizona State University.

Nadira Khan, 18, of Phoenix, Arizona, will study international relations at Arizona State University.

Alexandra Martinez, 17, of Arlington, Texas, plans to study civil engineering at the University of Iowa.

William Miller, 18, of Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, will study chemical engineering at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Michael Romanowski, 18, of Johnstown, Colorado, plans to study engineering at Cornell University in New York.

Mary Tighe, 18, of Washingtonville, New York, will study chemistry at Benedictine College in Kansas.

Angelique Wattalle, 17, of Chicago, Illinois, plans to study education at Central Michigan University.


Emily Gutierrez, 19, of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, is studying microbiology and Spanish at the University of Oklahoma.

Matthew May, 19, of Dallas, Texas, is studying agribusiness at the University of Arkansas.

Tristan Mazzu, 20, of Plano, Texas, is studying aviation science at Utah Valley University.

Shiva Mohan, 20, of Fort Mill, South Carolina, is studying history and political science at Clemson University in South Carolina.

Monica Music, 18, of Princeton, Texas, is studying vocal performance at the Louisiana State University.

Lavender Oyadomari, 20, of Mililani, Hawaii, is studying food science and human nutrition at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa.

Prem Patel, 18, of Irving, Texas is studying biology at the University of Texas, Austin.

The 2017 American Airlines Credit Union Scholarship applications will be available in December 2016. To learn more about Credit Union Youth Programs, call 800-533-0035 or visit

About American Airlines Federal Credit Union
Founded in 1936, American Airlines Credit Union now serves the present and former employees of American Airlines, their family members and people who work in the air transportation industry. Now in its 80th year, the Credit Union has more than 262,000 members nationwide and assets in excess of $5.96 billion. As a not-for-profit financial cooperative, American Airlines Credit Union is committed first and foremost to enriching its member-owners’ financial well-being through their participation in the products and services of the Credit Union. For more information, please visit