Secondary Education Scholarship available in honor of Former CEO Sandy Neves

Aurora, CO – The Sandy Neves Scholarship was named in honor of former Chief Executive Officer Sandy Neves of Fitzsimons Credit Union (FCU). Sandy retired in 2017 after thirty-six years of service to the organization. This scholarship (ranging from $1,000 – $5,000) represents Sandy’s commitment to lifelong learning and her belief that education is essential toward self-fulfillment.

Sandy started as a teller at Fitzsimons in 1981 and was soon granted a scholarship from the Colorado Credit Union Association to attend three years of Credit Union National Association (CUNA) Management School where she earned high honors. By the time she completed her CUNA Management certification she was promoted to senior vice president of Fitzsimons Credit Union. In 1989, she took over the role of chief executive officer.

Because she had never completed her bachelor of science degree due to earlier travels as a military spouse and the time it took to earn various credit union credentials, Sandy enrolled in night school to earn her BS in Business Administration.

Ms. Neves is passionate about education, asserting that “The backbone of any accomplishment is education, no matter how one defines success”. She did not measure her success by becoming a CEO, but rather by the opportunities she was given by supporters, mentors and educators, and by the fact she was fortunate to work in a career she loved. She wants to support any person with the desire to work hard and learn.

Applications are available online at, by email (, or at either of our branch locations (see our website for locations).

Must be a U.S. citizen, at least 16 years of age; must be a member of Fitzsimons Credit Union; must be pursuing an associate’s or bachelor’s degree at a two or four-year accredited institution in the U.S.; must submit a complete application with required documents post-marked, emailed, or faxed by June 15, 2018.

Selection Criteria
Selection of the recipient is at the discretion of the Scholarship Committee of Fitzsimons Credit Union.

The winner will be notified in writing within 45 days of the application deadline and funds will be transmitted directly to the institution for credit to the student’s tuition, room, board, and fee account.

About Fitzsimons Credit Union: Fitzsimons Credit Union is a not-for-profit full-service financial institution serving the Colorado communities of Aurora, Watkins, Bennett, Strasburg, and eastern Centennial, as well as active and retired military and select employers. Fitzsimons Credit Union was first chartered in 1955 and is federally insured by the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA). Fitzsimons reaches out to the un-served and under-served in our field of membership, and continually, in all areas of operation, demonstrates the value of membership in this credit union. Every effort is put forth to enable our members to become financially self-sufficient and successful. High importance is placed on consumer education and the teaching of financial thrift.

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