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Cy-Fair FCU Announces Full Tuition Scholarship to Lone Star College for Leticia Alanis, Waller High School
Thursday, June 15, 2017 6:55 AM

Cy-Fair FCU Scholarship Winners
Cy-Fair FCU scholarship award winners. Front row, left to right: Kelsey Evans, Daniela Almaguer Serrano, Leticia Alanis. Middle row, left to right: Barbara Crook (in yellow), Jan Phillips-Goodson, Georgette Salazar. Top row, left to right: Cy-Fair FCU President/CEO Cameron Dickey.

Credit union honors six scholarship recipients, including first winner of its Bi-Lingual Spanish/English Scholarship

Cy-Fair Federal Credit Union in Houston, Texas, recently hosted a special event to honor the recipients of its 2017 high school scholarship program. Six local students received assistance for higher education as part of the program. Leticia Alanis, of Waller High School, earned the Pattie R. Miller Memorial Scholarship, the credit union’s top award for an outstanding student, which includes a full year of paid tuition and other expenses at Lone Star College.

This year marked the first time the credit union, in partnership with Lone Star College, has awarded a full-tuition scholarship worth up to $3,500 for its top finalist.

“Receiving this scholarship symbolizes that no matter how hard the obstacles seem to be, as a family, we have accomplished a goal, a dream,” said Alanis. “It's a representation of the hard work my mother and sisters have invested in me, and the payoff is knowing my education will be furthering into a successful career. On this journey I have learned that sometimes you have to do something you've never done in order to get something you've never had.”

Two additional new scholarships were also introduced by Cy-Fair FCU this year. To honor the diversity of the local community, the credit union introduced the Bi-Lingual Spanish/English Scholarship. To qualify, a student must be a dual speaker, enrolled in an English as a Second Language or New America College English Acquisition class, and their application essay must be submitted in both English and Spanish. A scholarship for students who are either Cy-Fair FCU members or an immediate relative of a member was also unveiled in 2017.

According to Cy-Fair FCU President and CEO Cameron Dickey, the recent enhancements to the 26-year-old program reflect the credit union’s historic commitments to Cypress-Fairbanks ISD families, the diversity of the local community, and the educational success of Cy-Fair FCU members.

“An important goal of the scholarship program is to help outstanding local students from a variety of backgrounds afford higher education,” said Dickey. “Our 2017 recipients represent a wide cross-section of our community. We’re proud of their accomplishments and wish them future success in all they do.”

The complete list of 2017 Cy-Fair Federal Credit Union Scholarship Program winners include:

Pattie R. Miller Memorial Scholarship
Leticia Alanis, Waller High School—Lone Star College, full tuition and paid expenses up to $3,500

Bi-Lingual Spanish/English Scholarship
Daniela Almaguer Serrano, Cy-Springs High School—$1,500

Cy-Fair FCU Membership Scholarship
Kelsey Evans, Cy-Woods High School—$1,500

Community Scholarships
Kevin Turner, Jersey Village High School—$1,500
Theresa Pham, Cy-Creek High School—$1,500
Ayush Goradia, Cy-Ranch High School—$1,500

Cy-Fair FCU began its scholarship program in 1992 and has now awarded financial assistance to 190 students totaling $185,000. The scholarship program is open to all Cypress-Fairbanks ISD and Waller ISD students, and funds may be used for tuition at any accredited college, junior college, or university.

The scholarship selection process began in March and is assisted by an independent, all-volunteer committee comprised of various community leaders. This year’s scholarship committee, which includes Tony Barcelona, Barbara Crook, Jan Phillips-Goodson, Celina Lapidus, and Jodie Smith, was tasked with scoring the submitted essays to help determine the winners.

About Cy-Fair Federal Credit Union
Cy-Fair Federal Credit Union (cyfairfcu.org) is a full-service credit union in southeast Texas. Originally founded in 1956 with 10 members to serve employees of the Cy-Fair Independent School District, Cy-Fair FCU now has more than 23,500 members and serves anyone who lives, works, worships, or attends school within Harris County and parts of Waller County.