Del Norte Credit Union Announces 2017-18 DNCU Scholarship Winners

by Staff Reporter / May 26, 2017 / comments


Del Norte Credit Union Announces 2017-18 DNCU Scholarship Winners
Ten New Mexico students awarded $1,000 each for higher education

SANTA FE —Del Norte Credit Union announced the winners of the DNCU Scholarship program for 2017-18. The ten winners, including four from the Valley, will each receive $1,000 toward their higher education for the 2017-18 school year.

“Our DNCU Scholarship program demonstrates our commitment to supporting young people in New Mexico, in line with our mission of Improving Lives,” said Chuck Valenti, President and CEO of Del Norte Credit Union. “We are very pleased this year to offer ten scholarships to deserving students in Northern New Mexico.”

DNCU increased the number of awards from seven to ten for 2017-18 and also made the awards available to homeschool and GED students, in addition to those with a high school diploma. DNCU’s Scholarship Award is a $1,000 award given to members in good standing who are in pursuit of higher education at any college, university, or vocational school. Winners are chosen based on their academic record, work experience, statement of goals, and demonstrated leadership in their schools and communities. Selection of recipients is made by Scholarship Management Services, a division of Scholarship America.
“I am very pleased and thankful to be a recipient of this award,” said scholarship winner Katelynn Tafoya-Montoya of McCurdy Charter High School in Espanola.

The DNCU Scholarship winners for 2017-18:

  • Elena Abeyta – Los Alamos High School, Los Alamos, NM
  • Maia Beingessner-Chavez – St. Michael’s High School, Santa Fe, NM
  • Adan Casados – Española Valley High School, Española, NM
  • Iain Currie – Santa Fe High School, Santa Fe, NM
  • Jacob Hollis – Covenant Heart Academy Homeschool, Los Alamos, NM
  • Justin Lemke – Los Alamos High School, Los Alamos, NM
  • Mario Martinez – Española Valley High School, Española, NM
  • Esperanza Ortega-Tapia – Los Alamos High School, Los Alamos, NM
  • Dominic Roybal – Pojoaque Valley High School, Pojoaque, NM
  • Katelynn Tafoya-Montoya  – McCurdy Charter High School, Española, NM​

Applicants must meet all of the following criteria:
• Be a member of Del Norte Credit Union prior to the application deadline.
• Be a high school senior, equivalent home school senior, or a recipient of a GED received in
same year of higher education enrollment.
• Plan to enroll in
full-time undergraduate study at an accredited two-year or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school for the entire 2017-2018 academic year.
• Have a minimum grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent).

If selected as a recipient, the student will receive a one-time award of $1,000. Up to ten (10) awards will be granted.

Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of academic performance, demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities, work experience, statement of career and educational goals and objectives, unusual personal or family circumstances, and an outside appraisal. Students will be asked to submit a one-page essay of no more than 300 words. Submitted essays are not part of the selection process but may be used by Del Norte Credit Union for promotional purposes. Financial need is not considered.

Selection of recipients is made by Scholarship Management Services. In no instance does any officer or employee of the Del Norte Credit Union play a part in the selection. All applicants agree to accept the decision as final.

Recipients will be notified by mail in late April; non-recipients will be notified as well. Scholarship checks will be mailed to the recipients at the beginning of August.

About Del Norte Credit Union
Chartered in 1954, Del Norte Credit Union is dedicated to improving lives by being the ideal partner for a better future. Today DNCU has six branches in northern New Mexico and serves more than 46,000 members throughout the state.