GOLDEN, Col. (June 15, 2016) – Coors Credit Union announced three winners for its 2016 scholarship program. Emma Hesse, Golden; Aili Miyake, Centennial; and Melissa Breathwaite, Arvada, each received $2,000 to be used for a college of their choice.
According to Tracie Wilcox, president and chief executive officer, the credit union strives to help young adults achieve their goals through higher education.
“We were delighted to receive so many applications from students who possess an enormous level of compassion and dedication to creating positive change in their communities,” said Wilcox. “The drive and determination to make a difference demonstrated by the selected winners, is truly outstanding.”
Emma Hesse plans to attend the University of Colorado Boulder to study integrative psychology in the fall. In addition to her outstanding academic records, Emma makes volunteer work a priority in her life. Through her efforts volunteering for a local Action Center that provides food and clothing to the community, Emma organized clothing drives throughout local schools to collect clothing options for the Action Center.
Aili Miyake plans to attend University of Colorado Boulder, majoring in political science. Aili celebrates diversity, actively encouraging communication and understanding across cultures and social structures. She volunteers a significant amount of time with Building Bridges, a non-profit with the mission to equip young people with the communication and leadership skills necessary to address the root causes of hate, discrimination and conflict. She created a club at Arapahoe High School called Aspects of Society, which invites students to an open forum to discuss challenges facing our communities.
Melissa Breathwaite plans to attend Colorado School of Mines and major in chemical engineering. Melissa was part of Project UPLIFT, a team designing a solar-paneled irrigation system for developing communities. Through Project UPLIFT, Melissa worked to demonstrate the intersection of science and society, recognizing that economic and ecologic success and sustainability extends far beyond each town, and encompasses whole communities, states and countries.
“We are extremely pleased to award scholarships to these extraordinary women to help them pursue their commendable personal and academic goals,” said Wilcox.