On Wednesday, the Leaguer highlighted in an article the regret many former students feel about going to college due to burdensome student loans. Part of the credit union difference is making college more affordable for members both in their communities and across the nation. San Antonio-based SACU recently did its part by announcing six recipients of its 2013-2014 SACU Bridge for U Scholarship, designed to assist SACU members as they move from a two-year community college to a four-year college or university. This year’s scholarship awards totaled $18,000.
“One of San Antonio’s strengths is its solid and accessible community college system. This scholarship is a benefit of SACU membership, providing $3,000 per student to assist our members in ‘bridging’ from a two-year community college to a four-year college or university,” said Juan Antonio Ruiz, SACU’s Scholarship representative.
Deborah J. McCrary, SACU Board of Directors Scholarship Chair, introduced and recognized three of the six winners who attended the credit union’s 78th annual meeting on May 16.
Amy Blanks, member since 2011, from San Antonio; attending the University of Texas at San Antonio and majoring in psychology.
Silas Espino, member since 2009, from San Antonio; attending the University of Texas at San Antonio and majoring in anthropology.
Michaelina Guerra, member since 2010, from San Antonio; attending Texas A&M-San Antonio and majoring in kinesiology .
Unable to attend were:
Kyla Barcenas, member since 2012, from San Antonio; attending Texas A&M-San Antonio and majoring in physical therapy.
Ashley Baum, member since 2003, from Katy, Texas; attending Texas A&M and majoring in horticulture.
Andrea Rivas, member since 2010, from San Antonio; attending Texas State University and majoring in visual studies.
SACU established The Bridge for U Scholarship in 2009 and has awarded more than $100,000 in scholarships since the program began. The funds can be used to defray the costs of tuition, books and lab fees and other education expenses. It is available annually to students who qualify. Watch for scholarship information through SACU publications. Visit sacu.com in November 2013 to access applications for the 2014-2015 academic year.
Funding for the SACU Bridge for U Scholarship is part of the credit union’s broader commitment to educational programs in the community.