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Westerra Credit Union Scholarship Supports Denver Metro High School Students’ Higher Education Dreams

We are proud to announce the recipients of the 2024 Westerra Cares Scholarship Program. This scholarship recognizes students’ outstanding academic achievement, leadership potential and community involvement to help continue their educational journey.

Denver, CO – June 3, 2024 – Westerra Credit Union has once again awarded its annual scholarship to graduating high school seniors who are continuing their educational journey through two- or four-year universities or trade school.

As part of Westerra’s larger Westerra Cares’ program, which includes a focus on education, scholarships are provided to students through a series of 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.

“This annual scholarship recognizes students’ outstanding academic achievement, leadership potential and community involvement,” said Kristina Shaw, VP of Corporate Communications and PR at Westerra. "By providing financial support, we are not only investing in the future of these students, but also in the transformative power of education to make a lasting difference in our communities."

One of the students selected as a recipient for this year’s Westerra Credit Union Scholarship is Rebecca Tekle, an Aurora Public High School student and Ethiopian immigrant. She plans to pursue a career in engineering and notes this scholarship helps alleviate some of the financial burden that will come from the advanced education she is planning to pursue in the fall. “The only generational wealth I acquired is the sacrifices my parents made that have brought me to where I am today,” said Tekle. “Thanks to this scholarship, my career and continuing education goals have become more achievable.”

While the scholarship cycle is closed for the 2023-24 school year, applicants can apply for next year’s scholarship in Fall 2024. For more information about scholarship criteria and recent recipients of the scholarship program, visit

About Westerra Credit Union

As a member-owned, not for profit credit union, Westerra's purpose is “We exist to teach one another to prosper” and lives into this purpose by supporting individuals, families and businesses. Westerra holds approximately $2 billion in assets, serves 110,000 members throughout the Denver metro area and is one of only three credit unions in Colorado recognized on Newsweek’s 2024 “Best Regional Banks and Credit Unions” list. The Westerra Credit Union Scholarship is currently awarded through the organizations listed at for the posted amounts. Scholarships are provided in partnership with the Westerra Credit Union Scholarship Program. Refer to each individual organization's official website for rules, timelines, application requirements, submission criteria, and contact information. Federally insured by NCUA. Equal Housing Opportunity.