On August 8, 2018 TFCU awarded six talented local students with $1,000 scholarships to continue their college education. The scholarship was open to all TFCU account holders, while one was exclusive to employee dependents. Applicants shared their GPA, extracurricular activities, and financial needs. For their writing sample applicants were tasked to write a letter to convince a city representative to enact a change to our city. Student responses varied from creating programs to raise the number of pet adoptions to suicide prevention presentations.
TFCU has always had a strong connection to the education community since teachers formed it 82 years ago during the Great Depression. While it is now a credit union for anyone who works, lives or worships in El Paso it continues to support educators and students. For more than 10 years TFCU has supported higher education with student scholarships. The TFCU annual scholarship application is available starting in June and recipients are selected in August.
Recipients and their families were invited to a reception hosted by the TFCU board and executive team at the new TFCU Operations Building where attendees were able to learn about each recipient and their accomplishments.
Meet our 2018 TFCU scholarship recipients:
Patricia Ann Dentinger
Patricia Ann Dentinger graduated in the top 10% of her class from Coronado High School and will attend University of New Mexico in Albuquerque where she will be pursuing a doctorate degree in pharmacy.
Isis Renee Gonzalez
Isis Renee Gonzalez graduated in the 10% of her San Elizario High School class and was active in volleyball, track and field and was basketball team captain. Isis is a first-generation college student at the University of Texas at El Paso where she is pursuing a degree in computer systems.
Yazmyne Diamond Hallback
Yazmyne Diamond Hallback graduated from Irvin High School with 4.20 GPA and held many leadership positions including, president of The National Honor Society, IHS Choir and Youth for Christ. She will be attending the University of Texas at El Paso in the fall, double majoring in Architectural Engineering and Music Education.
Damian Santiago Soto graduated in the top 2% of his Eastwood High School class and will attend Texas Tech University majoring in Landscape Architecture. He was involved in track and cross-country, student council, National Honor Society, theater and choir. He has been an active member of Boy Scouts of America for numerous years and had the honor to be awarded the Eagle Scout rank – the highest achievement attainable in the Boy Scouting program.
June Urbina is currently pursuing a Master of Business Administration at the University of Texas at El Paso, where she previously received a Bachelor of Arts in Media Advertising. While being a graduate student, June also works full time for the University Career Center at the University of Texas at El Paso.
Marisa Yanez is an El Paso native and a junior Public Relations major and Theater minor studying at Texas Tech University. She recently completed a seven-month internship at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida, and hopes to pursue a career with the company.