Elevations Credit Union has deep roots in education.
Elevations Foundation is proud to support six named scholarship initiatives. Since 2010, Elevations Foundation has provided over $204,000 in scholarships to support graduating high school seniors in their pursuit of higher education. In addition to the Foundation's scholarship initiative, Elevations Credit Union provides over $130,000 annually in scholarship resources. All of the Foundation’s scholarship recipients have a proven track record in academics and community engagement, but most importantly they have a financial need.
The annual scholarship application cycle opens on January 1st and runs through March 15th. Awards are granted at the Annual Celebration of Community in May. Each year, the Foundation has increased the dollars available and the amounts awarded to scholars.
"This scholarship freed me to focus on succeeding in my college career by alleviating the financial strain on my parents and me. I am forever grateful to Elevations for their generosity and their partnership with me in reaching my dream."
Josh Kirby, 2015 scholarship recipient and University of Colorado Boulder student
For the following opportunities, recipients will be selected by the Scholarship Committee of Elevations Foundation:
Don E. Neuburger Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 1988 by the Board of Directors of the Longs Peak Credit Union to honor Don E. Neuburger. Mr. Neuburger served as founder and CEO of Longs Peak Credit Union for 35 years. Mr. Neuburger, an electrical engineer by training, established the credit union in 1953 to serve the employees of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation in Northern Colorado. Elevations is pleased to keep Mr. Neuburger’s legacy alive through this scholarship initiative.
Wm. C. “Bill” Sterner Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship is named in honor of Wm. C. “Bill” Sterner, Elevations Credit Union President and CEO from 2000 – 2008. Mr. Sterner was active in the credit union movement at all levels, state and local as well as national and international. Mr. Sterner’s passion for credit unions was rooted in a strong sense of education and consumer advocacy. Mr. Sterner epitomized the spirit of the credit union movement. The mark he left on Elevations as well as the entire credit union movement is exemplified by a strong sense of volunteerism and education. We are pleased to offer this scholarship in Mr. Sterner's name.
M.R. Hellie Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship was established in honor of M.R. Hellie, Elevations Credit Union President from 1964 to 1986. Through his vision and leadership, Mr. Hellie was instrumental in expanding our Credit Union's member services and furthering the national credit union movement. The M. R. Hellie Scholarship is open to current seniors graduating from an accredited Colorado high school who are applying for, or who have been accepted for admission to a college or university. Applicants must be members of Elevations Credit Union. Selection is based on financial need, personal and career goals, scholarship and merit. Awards range from $500.00 to $5,000.00. The judges will determine the number and amount of scholarships based on the merit and need of the applicants.
For the following opportunities, recipients will be selected by external organizations:
Ray Johnson Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship was established to honor P. Raymond Johnson, a founding member of Elevations Credit Union and dedicated volunteer from 1953-2005. Mr. Johnson also had a long and storied career as an employee of the University of Colorado. To celebrate Mr. Johnson’s many contributions, this scholarship is awarded in collaboration with the University of Colorado Boulder’s College of Arts and Sciences.
Elevations Scholars, University of Colorado at Boulder
A partnership with The University of Colorado and Elevations Credit Union has resulted in Elevations Credit Union's commitment to $75,000 in direct scholarships annually.
- The Elevations Foundation has established criteria and works directly with the Office of Financial Aid to select these scholars.
Rhonda Herrman Community Involvement Scholarship
This scholarship was established in honor of Rhonda Herrman, an employee of the St. Vrain Valley Credit Union. Mrs. Herrman was influential in establishing the Credit Union's Community Involvement Committee as a way to give back to the communities that the credit union served. The Elevations Foundation is happy to continue Mrs. Herrman’s vision through this scholarship program.
Two (2) scholarships for $1,000 each are awarded each May to graduating seniors of the St. Vrain Valley School District who are planning to enroll as a full-time student at an accredited two-year or four-year college or university or trade school. Graduating seniors, who meet the application requirement of having at least 75 hours of volunteer or community service over the past 12 months, are eligible to apply. Scholars are selected by the Education Foundation of the St. Vrain Valley School District based on the aforementioned volunteer hours and financial need.
Boulder County Latina League Scholarship
Elevations Foundation is pleased to support the Boulder County Latina League Scholarship initiative. The League provides scholarships and other needed support and encouragement to enable qualified minority students to attend colleges and universities as a step toward becoming fully integrated into the local community and economy. Since its beginnings in 1999, BCLL has awarded 238 scholarships totaling $193,000. In addition, the University of Colorado often matches these awards for students attending CU. The League works in partnership with Impact on Education.
Brayman-Beach $5,000 College Scholarship
The Brayman-Beach College Scholarship is named in honor of two visionary leaders in the credit union movement, Susan J. Brayman and Carroll D. Beach. This scholarship is available to credit union members who are at least 16 years of age and are pursuing an undergraduate business degree.
One Brayman-Beach scholarship is awarded annually by the Mountain West Credit Union Foundation.
Poudre School District AVID $1,500 College Scholarship
The AVID Scholarship is for students who have participated in the AVID Program. Decades of College Dreams (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is an in-school academic support program that prepares students for college eligibility and success by developing the skills of writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization and reading. During their four years at a Poudre High School, AVID students are enrolled in an elective AVID class that provides academic instruction, tutorial support, study skills and a variety of motivational activities. Typically, these students will be the first in their families to attend college, and many are from low-income or minority families. The A.V.I.D. elective supports students as they challenge themselves in college preparatory courses.
A.V.I.D. applications will be available for eligible AVID students in their counseling center of their Poudre School District high school on December 21, 2016.
Application Deadline: January 25, 2017
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