On August 5, 2019, TFCU awarded ten talented students with $1,000 scholarships to continue their college education. The scholarship was open to all TFCU account holders. Applicants shared their GPA, extracurricular activities, and financial needs. For their writing sample, applicants were tasked to write a 500-word narrative on “People helping people” the philosophical foundation of credit unions, and how to apply it in our community. Student responses varied from creating programs to raise the number of pet adoptions, to suicide prevention presentations.
“TFCU’s roots have always been tied to education. In 1936, we began as a credit union-made by educators, for educators. Our strong commitment to the community and education has remained a priority,” said Alex Yu, TFCU VP of Marketing. For more than ten years, TFCU has offered student scholarships because access to education is crucial to help our city grow. The TFCU annual scholarship application is available starting in April and recipients are selected in August.
Meet the 2019 TFCU scholarship recipients:
Andre Matthew Frigyes
Andre is a second-year student currently attending UTEP School of Pharmacy. He aspires to become a licensed pharmacist who serves underprivileged individuals in the Southwest. One of his career goals is to work with clinics and better manage the therapy of patients with chronic diseases by customizing more successful medication regimens.
Annessa is a Junior at Schreiner University majoring in Music Education, with a focus on voice and piano, where she plays percussion in Concert and Pep Band and piano in Jazz Band. In addition to the band ensembles, Annessa sings as a mezzo-soprano in solo classical music and sings alto in the Schreiner University Choir. She is also part of the Catholic and Non-Denominational Fellowship at university and will soon join the Schreiner Mariachi ensemble as a vocalist.
Christopher Matthew Allen
Christopher is a graduate of the Silva Health Magnet High School and is currently enrolled at UTEP studying Biology. He plans on attending UTEP Pharmacy School and pursues a career in pharmacy and research. Christopher works part-time as a pharmacy technician trainee and volunteers with the Red Cross and Humane Society of El Paso.
Damian Santiago Soto
Damian completed his first year at Texas Tech University as a Landscape Architecture major with a 4.0 GPA while working part-time. He participated in Texas Tech’s musical production of “Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson” and spent the summer acting in UTEP Dinner Theatre’s production of “Hello Dolly” and taking a summer course at EPCC. Damian was awarded the prestigious honor of Eagle Scout, after numerous years in the Boy Scouts, and continues nurturing his passion for nature with hikes in the Franklin Mountains.
June is a second-year MBA graduate student at UTEP. This past spring, she completed an international rigorous research course with her cohort in Spain, where they researched comparative business practices between the Catalonian Region and the El Paso Borderplex. She works as a full-time staff member for the UTEP Career Center, assisting students in their professional development and helps others realize their professional goals.
Marisa is a Public Relations major with a Theater minor at Texas Tech University with a 3.8 GPA. She has been on the Dean’s List for the past four semesters and two semesters on the President’s List. Marisa completed a 7-month internship at Walk Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida and hopes to pursue a career with the company. This summer she interned with the Science Spectrum and Omni Theatre Museum in Lubbock, Texas where she instills a passion for science and learning in children.
Paulina is a proud daughter of immigrants from Mexico. She plans on becoming a pediatrician, helping low-income children have access to quality healthcare. While a student at Montwood High School, Paulina founded the Biomedical Engineering Society and served as Vice President for the Health Occupations Students of America for two years. Paulina’s senior project helped raise $5,000 for the Child Crisis Center of El Paso, with the help of the National Honor Society.
Valeria Yanahi Cardona
Valeria will start the fall semester at UTEP as a junior, after graduating from Clint Early College Academy with an Associate’s of Arts degree when she was 17 years old. She hopes to earn her Bachelor’s degree in nursing from the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center of El Paso.
Yasmine Olide was unable to attend; however, her uncle Mr. Avila proudly accepted the award in her name.
Yasmine is an incoming student to UTEP from Dallas, Texas, pursuing a degree in Speech Pathology and Rehabilitation Sciences. She graduated from the Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy where she played the cello for more than seven years in the orchestra and performed with the region’s top symphony. She is a dedicated swim instructor and lifeguard for the city of Grand Prairie and volunteers as an Activity Coordinator for the St. Therese Nursing Home, planning games and helping the elderly.
Katherine John was unable to attend the reception.
Katherine graduated with her Associate’s Degree at EPCC at only 17 years old. Katherine plans on becoming a child psychologist who helps children overcome obstacles to mental health. She enjoys giving back to the community and volunteers through school organization and non-profits.