2013 Brayman Beach Scholar Selected
This year the judging committee for the annual Brayman-Beach scholarship—a $5,000 scholarship given to an outstanding college bound scholar—selected Elevations member Jacob Helleckson. Jacob is a senior at Paonia Jr-Sr High School and will be attending the University of Colorado, Boulder this fall. Jacob is a superior student with a very high GPA and ACT score. He is on the school honor roll, has received the University of Colorado Boulder Outstanding Junior scholarship, Mountain Valley News Student of the Week, home coming king, Paonia High School Varsity Track, Cross Country co-captain, attended Colorado all State Orchestra, Western State Honors Orchestra, Colorado all State Choir, and Western States Honor Choir. Jacob is also very involved in his community and church.
Two Gary Plank Scholars Selected
This is the first year the Gary Plank Scholarship—providing two young credit union professionals funding to attend the World Council of Credit Unions Annual meeting in Ottawa, Canada—was offered to all three states. The competition resulted in many outstanding applicants from both Arizona and Colorado. This year Heather Szymanski, Director of Marketing and Business Development at Space Age Federal Credit Union in Aurora, Colorado and Valerie Zeller, Senior Internal Auditor at Arizona Central Credit Union in Phoenix were selected. These outstanding scholars represent the very best among our young credit union professionals. Next year we hope to have applicants from Wyoming as well.