Hughes Federal Credit Union has announced the names of seven high school seniors who will receive a $2,000 scholarship in support of their continuing education from the credit union’s Annual Scholarship Program. In celebration of its 70th anniversary this year, Hughes increased its annual award amount from $10,000 to $14,000.
Since 2005, Hughes has granted over $100,000 in scholarships to deserving high school graduates entering college or trade school.
The scholarship recipients are:
- Ethan Jones, Pusch Ridge Christian Academy, Oro Valley
- Sierra Jenkins, Marana High School, Tucson
- Haeleigh Chipman, Sabino High School, Tucson
- Ashley Thommana, Montgomery Blair High School, Rockville, MD
- Reuel Florendo, Andrada Polytech, Tucson
- Camille Beeson, Pusch Ridge Christian Academy, Oro Valley
- Lainey Caswell, Andrada Polytech, Tucson
“There’s no better way to celebrate Hughes’ 70th anniversary than continuing our tradition of supporting paths to higher education for our student members,” said Hughes Business Development & Community Relations Manager Irlanda Cuevas. “We exist to make a positive difference in the financial lives of our members and this is just one of the ways we work to give back.”
Students were required to complete an online educational course via Hughes’ financial literacy resource, MoneyCoach for Students, available on the Hughes website. Students submitted an essay and/or video answering the question, “What is one financial habit you learned from MoneyCoach for Students, and how do you think it will help you in the future?” The winners were scored and selected by a panel of nine judges. The scholarship was open to all high school seniors who were members of the credit union.
In addition to its scholarship program, Hughes actively supports youth financial literacy through its educational partnership with local school districts and community associations including the Girls Scouts of Southern Arizona, Take Charge Cats and Earn to Learn.