Coast Central Credit Union President/CEO James T. Sessa announced that its Board of Directors has selected 19 exceptional high school seniors for 2022 scholarships out of nearly 60 applications submitted, an increase from 11 last year. Scholarships are based on the ability to overcome adversity, academic performance or improvement, and commitment to making a positive impact on their schools and communities. Each recipient receives a total of $5,000 over four years, and must attend either Cal Poly Humboldt, Chico State, College of the Redwoods, or Shasta College for at least the first two years.
Academy of the Redwoods: Sophia Rosales
Arcata High: Rebecca Circe, Harmony Switzer-Tryon, Evelyn Wilhelm
Del Norte High: Nachia Xiong
Eureka High: McKenna Beach, Eliana Horowitz, Cheyenne Ty
Ferndale High: Cole Carmesin
Fortuna High: Amanda Mahan, Daisy Martinez
Hayfork High: Alyssa DeMoe
Hoopa High: Sarah Korb
McKinleyville High: Connor Berg, Naomy Melecio Estrada, Cesar Valencia
Six Rivers Charter High: Adain Driscoll
St. Bernard’s Academy: Jacob Smallwood
South Fork High: Leland Salomon
In addition to college scholarships, Coast Central provides monetary support through its Community Investment Grant and Sponsorship programs, as well as 2,000 hours annually through its Commitment to Community employee volunteer program.
“I am very proud of our scholarship program and the opportunity to recognize even more young people with bright futures,” Sessa stated. “Since the program was established in 1986, it’s been a tremendous challenge to select recipients, considering the amazing youth we have in our communities. This group has certainly endured many challenges over the last two years, and we salute them and their ability to persevere.”
Coast Central Credit Union is the largest member-owned financial institution in the area, with $2.1 billion in assets, nearly 76,000 members, and operating 11 Member Services Branches throughout Humboldt, Del Norte and Trinity counties, including McKinleyville, open six days a week and Bayshore Mall, open seven days a week. Additionally, members have access to a network of 30,000 free CO-OP ATMs nationwide. Individuals who live or work in any of these counties may be eligible to bank at CCCU by applying at coastccu.org/join. More information is available at coastccu.org and on Instagram and Facebook.