Elevations Credit Union Wins Four MAC Awards for Marketing Excellence

BOULDER, Colo. — Elevations Credit Union has won four MAC Awards for marketing excellence from the Marketing Association of Credit Unions, including the grand prize “Macquee” award for their Adventures in Localism Social Media Videos. The Macquee award is voted on by peers live at the conference and recognizes the best overall marketing campaign throughout the country. Elevations is one of the largest local financial institutions serving Colorado’s Front Range. elevationscu.com
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About Elevations Credit Union
Elevations Credit Union is a member-owned not-for-profit financial institution serving Colorado’s Front Range. Elevations provides a broad portfolio of financial products and services including checking and savings accounts, mortgage loans, credit cards, auto loans, home equity lines of credit, student loans, business loans and financial planning. Founded in 1953 as the U of C Federal Credit Union in Boulder, Elevations has grown from 12 members and less than $100 in assets to an institution with more than 120,000 members that manages more than $1.8 billion in assets and is the No. 1 credit union mortgage lender in Colorado. In 2014, Elevations earned the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. In 2015 and 2016, Elevations was named one of the Best Companies to Work for in ColoradoTM in the large company category. Readers of local newspapers name Elevations “Best Bank/Financial Institution,” “Best Mortgage Lender” and “Best Customer Service” year after year. To learn more, visit elevationscu.com.

For More Information, Contact
Isaac Droke
Isaac.droke@elevationscu.com 303.443.4672 x1169

TruWest and Year Up Complete its First Year Intern Program Partnership

Tempe, Ariz. – In an effort to continue its work in the community by improving the career development of young professionals, TruWest® Credit Union is excited to complete a successful year of hosting an intern selected from Arizona’s local chapter of the Year Up career preparation program.

Year Up is a one-year, intensive training program that provides young adults a combination of hands-on skills development, college-credit coursework, corporate internships and other career support.

Melina Quezada, a full-time student at Gateway Community College in Arizona, started her internship portion of the Year Up program at TruWest in the fall of 2016 and will transition to full-time employment at the Credit Union this summer.

“It’s really taught me how to be more self-sufficient in the work environment,” said Quezada.

Throughout the duration of the program, Melina has spent her time at TruWest getting acquainted with the inner workings of every department, including record keeping, finance, marketing and both business and consumer lending, just to name a few. Quezada states that the exposure has helped her better understand how an institution in the financial industry is run.

With Quezada’s graduation and transition into the staff at the credit union, TruWest will be on the lookout in August to bring in its next Year Up candidate.

“We’re extremely thankful for what the Year Up program has provided us. Melina has been phenomenal this past year, and I know she’ll continue to add value to the staff here at TruWest,” stated Vice President of Member Services Jennifer Kimmell.

Kimmell, who supervised and taught Quezada during her time in the program, is hoping to stay involved with this program for the years to come.

“We’re definitely going to continue working with them next year,” Kimmell said. “This is a great way that we can continually add first-rate talent to our roster.”

About TruWest Credit Union

TruWest Credit Union is headquartered in Tempe, Ariz. and operates as a cooperative to provide its membership with a lifetime of quality financial services and a culture of caring for its members, employees and communities. TruWest is a strong and sound financial institution with more than 81,000 members and assets totaling more than $1 billion. TruWest Credit Union has 12 branches—nine in the metro Phoenix area and three in Austin, Texas. For more information and locations, visit www.truwest.org.

About Year Up, Inc.

Year Up’s mission is to close the Opportunity Divide by providing urban young adults with the skills, experience, and support that will empower them to reach their potential through professional careers and higher education. Year Up achieves this mission through a high support, high expectation model that combines marketable job skills, stipends, internships and college-level coursework. Its holistic approach focuses on students’ professional and personal development to place these young adults on a viable path to economic self-sufficiency. Year Up currently serves more than 3,600 students annually across 24 campuses in Arizona, Baltimore, Bay Area, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Greater Atlanta, Greater Boston, Greater Philadelphia, Jacksonville, Los Angeles, National Capital Region, New York City, Providence, Puget Sound, South Florida and Wilmington. To learn more, visit

HTTP://WWW.YEARUP.ORG, and follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter: @YearUp

Contact:
Jennifer Kimmell
602-629-1931

Horizons North Credit Union voted the 2017 Best Bank/Credit Union for a seventh year in a row!

NORTHGLENN, CO (July 12, 2017) — Readers of the Northglenn-Thornton Sentinel, published by Colorado Community Media Newspapers selected Horizons North Credit Union (HNCU) their best banking provider, which includes banks and credit unions, for 2017.  This is the seventh year in row HNCU has received the Best of the Best prize. For the second time readers of the Westminster Window voted HCNU their 2017 Best Bank/Credit Union. Northglenn-Thornton voters also selectedHNCU asBest Customer Service,Best Mortgage Company, Best Boss, and Best Annual Event for their Shred Event held in conjunction with the City of Northglenn.

Brad Harvey, CEO of HNCU, stated, “The hard work and dedication my staff has toward our members is validated in a number of ways. Receiving this award for the seventh time is one of them. In May Horizons North Credit Union celebrated 57 years of serving the Metro North community, and we look forward to providing outstanding member service and offering superior financial solutions for years to come.  A big thank you goes out to our members and the community for taking the time to vote for HNCU!”

HNCU Management Team L-R Bradley H. Harvey, Krista Burnell, Diane Arthur, and Alan Nelson
Not pictured – Aurelia Fling


About Horizons North Credit Union

Horizons North Credit Union has a rich history of serving the Metro North community for the last 56 years. HNCU is a full service financial institution serving the needs of Adams, Broomfield, and Denver Counties, the staff, parents and students of the Adams 12 Five Star Schools District, the City of Northglenn, and many other local community partners in the Metro North area.

Contacts

Krista Burnell
11455 Pearl Street
Northglenn, CO 80233
720-872-8618
kristab@HNCU.orgwww.HNCU.org

VANTAGE WEST SHARES STRONG FINANCIALS, NEW WAYS TO REWARD THE MEMBERSHIP

 

TUCSON, Arizona. (June 27, 2017) – Vantage West Credit Union recently held its 62nd  Annual Meeting, with leadership announcing a strong finish for 2016, and a running start for 2017 with new programs offering robust rewards and service innovations benefitting the membership.

Speaking before the membership, Chairman Mitch Pisik and President and CEO Robert D. Ramirez said Vantage West continues to be in excellent financial health, ending 2016 with $1.7 billion in total assets and 143,000 members.  The credit union had a total net worth of $196 million by year-end for a net worth ratio of 11.73%, compared to the national peer group of 10.82%. With its sustained growth, Vantage West maintains its solid position as southern Arizona’s largest credit union and the third largest in the state.

During the meeting, Ramirez shared many noteworthy accomplishments from 2016 and both Pisik and Ramirez shared exciting news about two new core product offerings designed to work together to bring outstanding value to the membership. Vantage West recently launched its Connect Rewards Visa Signature® offering one of most robust rewards program around. The new credit card offers 5x rewards in a category of one’s choice, 3x on gas, 2x on groceries, and 1x on everything else.

In mid-July, Vantage West is scheduled to launch  two new checking account options with debit rewards that can be combined with credit rewards for maximum member value.

“This combination of products serves as a stand-alone industry example of our commitment to ensure we deliver opportunities with the greatest value to the members,” Ramirez said.

The following are highlights from the list of accomplishments shared at the meeting:

  • Enhanced member service with new initiatives that include upgrades to the credit union’s online account opening process, new after-hours credit and debit card support (24/7 coverage), and  Debit PINnow so members can change their debit/ATM PINs over the phone
  • Groundbreaking on a technology center that will drive technological enhancements at Vantage West, establish a new line of business for the credit union, and enable it to offer IT services to its Business Banking members and other organizations as well
  • Customizations to the credit union’s  mortgage program to benefit “heroes” (including first responders, teachers, military and others) in the community, assigned Mortgage Specialists to every branch, and updated/streamlined the online mortgage portal for a friendly and easy user experience
  • DocuSign implementation, which makes the loan funding process more convenient by allowing secure electronic signature, and added a Loan Payment feature within Online Banking
  • Active community engagement, with support for 120 community events via promotional sponsorships and charitable event participation.

During the meeting, Mitch Pisik and Gregory Good were elected as Directors by acclamation for new

3-year terms. Also, Augustine Gomez was elected as Director by the membership to complete the remaining 2 years of a 3-year term vacated in December 2016.

The membership also voted to ratify an amendment to the credit union’s bylaws allowing for compensation for credit union Board and Supervisory Committee members. This brings Vantage West’s bylaws in alignment with the recently amended Arizona Revised Statute 6-533.  Prior to implementation of actual compensation, the members will again have the opportunity to vote on a full compensation policy.

Meanwhile, a copy of the Vantage West 2016-2017 Annual Report was also distributed, and is available at  vantagewest.org/2016annualreport.

About Vantage West Credit Union

Vantage West Credit Union is a $1.7-billion financial institution in Arizona, which serves a growing membership of more than 145,000. Vantage West has 17 branches in Pima, Pinal, Maricopa and Cochise counties and serves its vast global membership via online channels, as well. Vantage West is a full-service financial institution, offering consumer and business loans, credit cards, and deposit products, as well as retirement accounts and other financial services. Vantage West is federally insured by NCUA.

 

Media Contacts:
Jill Casey
Vantage West Credit Union
520-917-6751
Cynthia Miller
Vantage West Credit Union
520-917-6715

Ent Credit Union CEO To Retire, Board Names Successor

Colorado Springs, Colo. (June 26, 2017) – Ent Credit Union has announced that president and CEO Randy Bernstein will retire in October 2017, following a 20-year career with the credit union.

President and Chief Operating Officer since 2011, Bernstein was named president and CEO in 2014. During his tenure as CEO, assets and membership at the credit union have both grown by more than 19%, with Ent reaching more than $4.9 billion in assets and more than 289,000 members at the end of June 2017.

Ent’s board of directors has unanimously selected Chad Graves, Ent’s current senior executive vice president of operations and technology, to succeed Bernstein as CEO. Graves has worked closely with Bernstein for the past several years and the two share similar operational and leadership styles.

“I am pleased to be passing the torch to a leader who I know will continue to build on Ent’s success in strategic and innovative ways,” Bernstein said. “As a member of the Ent team for 18 years, Chad believes in putting our member-owners, employees and community first. I am confident that his leadership will keep Ent on a trajectory of steady growth, while continuing to maintain the credit union’s safety and soundness far into the future.”

A member of Ent’s leadership team since 2003, Graves has been instrumental in identifying, designing and implementing the emerging technologies that have helped Ent continue to better serve its member-owners. In recent years, Graves has played a key role in the design and execution of Ent’s growth strategy, identifying communities with high market opportunity for the credit union and selecting sites for new service center locations. In his current role, Graves oversees the credit union’s Operations, Information Technology, Strategy & Project Management, Marketing and Electronic Banking areas.

“Randy deserves credit for many of Ent’s organizational accomplishments, particularly the open and member service focused culture that has developed during his tenure. He is highly regarded nationally within the credit union industry, and I am humbled and honored to follow in his footsteps,” said Graves. “I look forward to serving Ent’s members, employees and board of directors as we carry out our mission to improve our members’ financial lives.”

 

About Ent

Founded in 1957, Ent Credit Union is a different kind of financial institution, committed to improving members’ financial quality of life and returning value through better rates and lower fees. Colorado’s leading credit union, Ent has more than $4.9 billion in assets, more than 289,000 members and 28 convenient service center locations along the Front Range. As a not-for-profit, community-chartered credit union, Ent’s membership is open to businesses and individuals who live, work, worship or attend school in Arapahoe, Denver, Douglas, El Paso, Fremont, Jefferson, Pueblo and Teller counties, as well as select communities in Weld and Adams counties. Ent is an Equal Housing and Equal Opportunity Lender, federally insured by the NCUA. Learn more at Ent.com.

 

Media Contact:
Victoria Selfridge
Vice President, Corporate Communications
(719) 550-6894
VSelfridge@Ent.com

 

3 % Money Market Gains Premier Members Credit Union National Attention

 

Premier Members Recognized as Nation’s Top Seven “Best Credit Unions You Can Join”

(Boulder, Colo.) June 20, 2017 Premier Members Credit Union’s unique 3% Money Market account was one of the factors which contributed to their national recognition as Kiplinger magazine’s “Best Credit Unions You Can Join.”

The 3% Money Market account, a reverse-tiered money market, gives the highest rate on the lowest tiers and blends the rate as the balance gets distributed down each different-earning tier. As an illustration, a deposit of $5,000 would earn a blended APY of 2.10%; a deposit of $10,000 would earn a blended APY of 1.43%; and a deposit of $25,000 would earn a blended APY of 0.87%.

“Our 3% money market rate allows our members to earn more on their savings even when they are just getting started saving money,” said Jason Bauer, Chief Marketing Officer. “Additionally, even at the higher savings tiers, the unique blended-rate feature allows for best-in-market rates for those saving more. We are proud to offer such an unrivaled, all-inclusive product to our members regardless of how much they can save, and proud to see it lead to national attention for PMCU.”

Kiplinger evaluated credit unions across the nation on factors such as fees, minimum-balance requirements and interest rates on checking, savings and CDs. Premier Members Credit Union was one of seven “Best Credit Unions You Can Join,” by Kiplinger and the only Colorado credit union to be recognized.

In addition to its 3% Money Market account, Premier Members Credit Union was also recognized for its checking accounts, credit cards and loans and savings products, as well as its relationship with the Boulder Valley School District Foundation, Impact on Education.

About Premier Members: Premier Members Credit Union (PMCU) is a not-for-profit, eco-conscious financial institution dedicated to providing financial solutions to individuals and businesses in Boulder, Colo., and the Denver Metro area. With more than 65,000 members, $952 million in assets, 12 full-service retail branch locations and four locations in area high schools, PMCU has grown to become a leader in the credit union industry. PMCU takes pride in giving back to the communities they serve, supporting a wide variety of activities and fundraising events for charitable organizations like United Way, Realities for Children of Boulder County, Junior Achievement and many more. To learn more, visit pmcu.org.

Media Contact:
Andrea Balazs
303-657-7304

 

 

Landings Water Drive brings in 15,000 bottles

Landings Credit Union held a month long water drive in May and through the thoughtful donations of members, staff, and business partners was able to secure over 650 cases of water or approximately 15,000 bottles for local charities in the East Valley.

Landings staff fills up the Arizona Investment Link truck to deliver the 15,000 bottles of water to local charities.

When the weather climbs to over 100 degrees in the Valley of the Sun the need for water for families in need and the homeless is a top priority. This week alone, the weather here in Phoenix is expected to climb dramatically from the mid 90’s to a prediction of near 120 degrees by next Tuesday. Several of the local charities benefitting from the Landings water drive include the Tempe Community Action Agency, The United Way Food Bank, and AZCEND.

Tempe Community Action Agency provides education, stability, and advocacy to working poor families, children, seniors, and the homeless. They help to secure food and shelter to those in need and operate a food pantry and interfaith homeless emergency lodging program among other programs. The United Way Food Bank provides too many services to list here. From education, to basic needs, to health, the United Way has been around since 1921 helping people in need. AZCEND is a Chandler based organization formerly known as Chandler Christian Community Center established in 1966 by a consortium of Chandler churches with the common cause of alleviating poverty in their community. AZCEND has programs that include Community Action, Family Resource Center, Chandler and Gilbert Senior Centers, and an Interfaith Homeless Emergency Lodging Program as well as a Food Bank.
On June 14th with the help of Landings Staff and a box truck generously donated by Arizona Investment Link, a local real estate company here in the valley, we moved over 650 cases of water to these local charities. Last year we donated 7,000 bottles of water and this year’s goal was 10,000 which we far exceeded.

About Landings Credit Union
Landings Credit Union, based in Tempe, Ariz., serves a wide range of members including students, faculty, staff and family for all schools in Maricopa County along with over 400 select employee
groups. The current asset size is $150 million dollars with over 14,000 members. Landings Credit Union has been serving members for over 60 years, helping them with all of their financial needs. For more information on Landings Credit Union, please visit landingscu.org.
Contact: David Rindone
Assistant Vice President Marketing
480.784.1075
drindone@landingscu.org

48 CU professionals become certified CU Development Educators (CUDEs)

Congratulations to all the new DE’s, and especially, MWCUA’s own Shaun Ongstad!

Foundation’s transformational CU training held in Madison

MADISON, WI (June 14, 2017) — Forty-eight credit union professionals became Credit Union Development Educators (CUDEs) after being guided by dedicated program facilitators and mentors through the intensive Credit Union Development Education (DE) Training from the National Credit Union Foundation (the Foundation). The DE training was held May 31 – June 7, 2017 at the Lowell Center in Madison, Wis.

After completing the June DE Training, Lisa Sutton, SVP Human Resources at PSCU, said, “DE Training was one of the most impactful learning experiences I’ve ever participated in. While a relative newcomer to the credit union world, I felt I had a reasonably good understanding of their mission and purpose, as well as their strong social agenda. Clearly, that was not the case. I have been educated, enlightened, and evangelized by this movement. Working in an industry where people helping people is such a core value, makes me feel my job is important and makes a difference every day.”

Team Projects

DE Training provides critical lessons in cooperative principles, credit union philosophy and international development issues while incorporating challenges credit unions face today. During the recent week-long program, participants were involved in group exercises, field trips, discussions with speakers from around the credit union system, and are required to complete team projects proposing solutions for credit unions to help alleviate or eliminate challenging situations in any given area. For this training’s final case studies, participants worked through and presented solutions to critical issues that included financial stability among young adults and families, credit union board development, building microfinance programs in the Philippines, credit union solutions to predatory lending, the increasing issue of homelessness in America, and rejuvenating a stagnant credit union.

Class Graduates

The most recent DE graduating class included credit union movement representatives from across the U.S, as well as representatives from Kenya and Swaziland. They are: Harrinson Agudelo-Rios, Members CU in Connecticut; Aida Arce, GECU in Texas; Danielle Bargas, Catalyst Corporate FCU in Texas; Monica Belz, Kauai Community FCU in Hawaii; Myles Bristowe, PSCU in Florida; Dawson Brown, Tallahassee-Leon FCU in Florida; Maggie Conaghan, Central CU of Florida; Kris Conner, Streator Onized Credit Union in Illinois; Cynthia Daly, Peoples Trust FCU in Texas; Michelle Damato, Suncoast CU in Florida; Emily Engstrom, CUNA Mutual Group in Wisconsin; Nilsa Farriss, Suncoast CU in Florida; Tracey Fitzgerald, BECU in Washington; Francois Henriquez, Shutts & Bowen LLP in Florida; Melanie Hutchinson, Trona Valley Community FCU in Wyoming; Jalena Johnson, Vocal CU in Montana; Malcolm Johnson, Public Service Credit Union in Colorado; Tina Jones, Hiway FCU in Minnesota; David Kangogo, Kenya Police Sacco in Kenya; Sherrie Krizic, Local Government FCU in North Carolina; Amos Kuresia, Kenya Police Sacco in Kenya; Tami Langton, Coastal Federal Credit Union in North Carolina; Dean Lewis, Gesa CU in Washington; Alvaro Macias, Ascentra CU in Iowa; Amy Manley, Laramie Plains Community FCU in Wyoming; Daniel Masha, Imarika Sacco Society Limited in Kenya; Jennifer McHugh, Royal Credit Union in Wisconsin; Katelyn McManamon, Penn East FCU in Pennsylvania; Mark Minickiello, Harborstone Credit Union in Washington; Karen Nussle, Ripple Communications in Washington, D.C.; Shaun Ongstad, Mountain West Credit Union Association in Arizona; Amberlee Payne, Pentagon FCU in Tysons, Virginia; Nasario Rodriguez, American Airlines Credit Union in Texas; Diane Sandoval-Griego, Guadalupe CU in New Mexico; Julie Schmidt, Laramie Plains Community FCU in Wyoming; Dana Schuller, SchoolsFirst FCU in California; Trish Shermot, Visions FCU in New York; Kathy Smith, Credit Union National Association in Wisconsin; Jim Speshock, Christian Financial Credit Union in Michigan; Lisa Sutton, PSCU in Florida; Becky Taviano, Topmark FCU in Ohio; Tabatha Thurman, WEOKIE CU in Oklahoma; Tracey Toko, Peach State FCU in Georgia; Jesse Valdovinos, Gesa CU in Washington; Gugu Vilakati, Lubane Sacco in Swaziland; Ashley Wilsey, Educational Systems FCU in Maryland; Raffo Wimsett III, Commonwealth CU in Kentucky; and Gina Yetman, Resource One CU in Texas.

2017 DE Trainings

The Foundation is holding four DE Trainings this year, all taking place in Madison, Wis. The September training session is sold out, but registration for the November session will be opening in late June. If you are interested in participating in the November 2017 DE Training, visit ncuf.coop to learn more or you can email cude@ncuf.coop to be put on a notification list for when registration opens up.

More June DE Training Testimonials

“Having advocated for credit unions at the League level for over 17 years, educating policy makers on how credit unions benefit their members and communities, and having built a pretty decent level of knowledge on issues facing credit unions, I thought DE Training would be a culmination,” said Mark Minickiello, Vice President of Community Development at Harborstone Credit Union. “It is actually a whole new beginning for me – one I feel deeply privileged to be starting.”

“DE Training was like hitting the ‘refresh button,’ in teaching us how dig deep into our roots, allowing us to rediscover our foundation and purpose,” said Raffo Wimsett, Business Development Representative Senior at Commonwealth Credit Union. “Sounds simple, but with life constantly interrupting, DE strategically slows all your day-to-day worries down by opening your mind to an even bigger picture – our mission! Something we often forget.”

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About National Credit Union Foundation

The National Credit Union Foundation (the Foundation) is the charitable arm of the U.S. credit union movement and works as a catalyst to improve people’s financial lives through credit unions. Through Foundation grants and programs, credit unions provide widespread financial education, create greater access to affordable financial services, and empower more consumers to save, build assets, and own homes.  Donations to the Foundation enable credit unions to help their members reach life-changing goals and achieve financial freedom.

Contacts

Christopher Morris
608-231-4374

CREDIT UNION ANNOUNCES SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS AND INCREASES NUMBER AWARDED

CHEYENNE, WY – Blue Federal Credit Union is proud to announce they have awarded a total of six (6) $2,000 scholarships to community high school graduates pursuing higher education.  The scholarships are awarded through the Credit Union’s Blue Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization that was founded to help the Credit Union fulfill its “Do Good” mission.

The Foundation scholarship individual awards were increased from $1,000 per student in 2016 to $2,000 in 2017 and can be used for tuition, books, housing and other college necessities. After receiving 68 applications, the Foundation organized a committee made up of local educators and community leaders to deliberate and select the recipients.

“It was so difficult to narrow down so many amazing candidates for these scholarships,” said Michele Bolkovatz, Secretary Treasurer for the Blue Foundation and Blue Federal Credit Union’s Vice President of Marketing. “I’m so humbled to see the talent that our community high schools are producing; it was an incredibly tough decision to select our finalists.”

An unexpected and happy outcome was the selection committee’s decision to award a sixth $2,000 scholarship this year, an increase from the original five (5) slots announced in early 2017.

“After careful review of the candidates, the committee felt strongly that a sixth scholarship should be awarded to another student and we couldn’t be more excited to help a deserving individual pay for their education,” said Bolkovatz.

The recipients of the 2017 Blue Foundation scholarship include: Sarah Kyrsl (Dordt College), Jenna Wichmann (University of Wyoming), Sawyer Ruben (Michigan State University), Jackson DePenning (University of Colorado – Boulder), Theodore Dulchinos (Santa Clara University), and Angelina Gregg (undecided). Each student was presented their $2,000 scholarship at the Blue Federal Credit Union Annual Meeting on June 8. The winners are all members of Blue, which currently serves over 75,000 members in the Colorado communities of Broomfield, Boulder, Fort Collins and Wellington and in Cheyenne and Laramie, Wyoming.

Blue is committed to education and the communities they serve.  In addition to scholarships, the Credit Union provides financial education seminars and resources to improve financial literacy in our communities. To learn more about the Blue Foundation, visit www.bluefcu.com/foundation.

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Blue Federal Credit Union is a not-for-profit financial institution serving the communities of Wyoming and Northern Colorado. Our purpose is to create a true cooperative that’s connected to and inspired by the communities we serve, committed to building lifelong relationships with our members and recognizing their loyalty, and guided by the belief that their success is ours. Please visit www.bluefcu.com for more information.

 

Elevations Foundation Awards Scholarships to 23 Local Students

The Elevations Foundation awarded an all-time high $61,000 in scholarships at its annual Celebration of Community on May 15 at the Longmont Museum. For the first time ever, the event was co-hosted by the Education Foundation of the St. Vrain Valley, which awarded an additional $38,000 in scholarships.
The 23 Elevations Foundation scholarship recipients are 2017 graduates of Boulder Valley, Poudre, St. Vrain Valley and Thompson School Districts. Elevations Foundation’s scholarship initiative has provided over $265,000 in scholarships for higher education during its first seven years. Award criteria is, in part, needs-based.

“Elevations Foundation is rooted in education and committed to providing needs-based scholarships to graduating seniors,” said Dennis Paul, Elevations Foundation Vice Chair and Director. “Increasing awareness for scholarship and the challenging landscape young people face today is critical.”
Elevations Foundation is an independent 501(c)3 non-profit organization that carries out the philanthropic pursuits of Elevations Credit Union and is led by Board Chair Scott Dunn. Since its inception in 2010, Elevations Foundation has provided over $1 million in community grants, scholarships and emergency assistance. Elevations Credit Union is one of the largest local financial institutions serving Colorado’s Front Range. elevationscu.com/foundation

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About Elevations Credit Union
Elevations Credit Union is a member-owned not-for-profit financial institution serving Colorado’s
Front Range. Elevations provides a broad portfolio of financial products and services including
checking and savings accounts, mortgage loans, credit cards, auto loans, home equity lines of
credit, student loans, business loans and financial planning. Founded in 1953 as the U of C
Federal Credit Union in Boulder, Elevations has grown from 12 members and less than $100 in
assets to an institution with more than 120,000 members that manages more than $1.8 billion in
assets and is the No. 1 credit union mortgage lender in Colorado. In 2014, Elevations earned
the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. In 2015 and 2016, Elevations was
named one of the Best Companies to Work for in ColoradoTM in the large company category.
Readers of local newspapers name Elevations “Best Bank/Financial Institution,” “Best Mortgage
Lender” and “Best Customer Service” year after year. To learn more, visit elevationscu.com.

For More Information, Contact
Isaac Droke
Isaac.droke@elevationscu.com 303.443.4672 x1169