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Shell FCU Announces 2018 John Garrison Scholarship Winners
Monday, April 9, 2018 6:55 AM

Shell Federal Credit Union extends the John Garrison Scholarship Award to graduating high school seniors each year. Recipients are selected based upon academic performance, communal involvement, extracurricular activities, and response to the application essay.

The topic for this year’s essay asked applicants to explain the difference between a bank and a credit union, as well as why a young adult would use a credit union over a bank for their financial needs.

More than 140 applications were submitted for the John Garrison Scholarship this year from 49 different high schools throughout Harris County. Ten deserving high school seniors were selected as recipients for the award; each of the ten students will be awarded $2,500 to the college, university or vocational-technical school of choice.

The scholarship recipients and the college of their choice for fall 2018 are:

Blake Hardy of Robert Turner College & Career High School: Texas A&M University
Brooke Renfro of Deer Park High School: University of Houston
Kevin Serrano of La Porte High School: University of Texas-Austin
Landon Watson of Summer Creek High School: University of Texas-Austin
Mariano Garcia of Pasadena Memorial High School: Columbia University
Marshall Hartung of Kingwood High School: Stanford University
Marvin Villatoro of Dobie High School: University of Texas-Austin
Noah Hartwell of Deer Park High School: University of Texas-Austin
Thong Nguyen of Deer Park High School: University of Texas-Austin
Wilkes Varela of Kingwood Park High School: Undecided

Since 2001, Shell FCU has awarded 108 students with the John Garrison Scholarship award totaling $262,500. The John Garrison Scholarship was established in memory of John Garrison, a dedicated volunteer board member of more than 50 years. His vision and volunteer spirit remains an inspiration. Shell FCU's hope is that applicants will embrace that same spirit and carry it forward into their careers and volunteerism.

Committed to its communities, Shell FCU has improved the lives of thousands through service excellence, community outreach, and lasting financial solutions for all stages in life since 1937. Anyone who lives, works, worships, attends school, or regularly conducts business in Harris County, Texas, can bank with the credit union. To find out more about becoming a member of Shell FCU’s youth program, iLife, visit