Denver, CO – June 12, 2023 – Westerra Credit Union, a leading financial institution in the Denver metro area, launched its inaugural Scholarship Program this year to provide financial assistance to high school seniors in the Denver Metro area. These scholarships are key in facilitating students’ pursuit of higher education at two- or four-year universities or trade schools while recognizing their outstanding academic achievement, leadership potential, and community involvement. “The Scholarship Program is an integral part of our larger Westerra Cares initiative,” said Kristina Shaw, VP of Corporate Communications and PR at Westerra. “One of the pillars of Westerra Cares is education so these Scholarships are an impactful and tangible example of our ongoing commitment and belief in the power of education to transform lives.” Scholarships are provided to students through a series of strategic collaborations with various community organizations, including Aurora Public Schools Foundation, Cherry Creek Schools Foundation, The Foundation for Douglas County Schools, Hide in Plain Sight, Jefferson County Administrators’ Association and Mapleton Public Schools Foundation.
"Growing up I never considered college as an option because of the costs and expenses,” said Nicole Pineda Gomez, an Aurora Public School senior and 2023 Westerra Credit Union Scholarship Recipient. “I am a person-of-color and first generation American so it was discouraging [to have] so much financial worry [instead of] just being focused on my studies. Thanks to the Westerra scholarship, I will be able to take my first steps towards a career in the medical field.”
For more information about Westerra Credit Union and its scholarship program, please visit https://www.westerracu.com/about/community/schools/scholarships.