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Coast Central Credit Union Awards 11 Scholarships to Local Students


Coast Central Credit Union President/CEO James T. Sessa announced that its Board of Directors has selected 11 exceptional high school seniors out of 50 applications submitted to receive up to $55,000 in 4-year scholarships.  The students are required to attend either Humboldt State, Chico State, College of the Redwoods, or Shasta College for at least the first two years.

2021 recipients

Arcata High:                             Megan Bryant

Eureka High:                            Klayre Barres

Ferndale High:                        Trista Mayhorn

Fortuna High:                          Gracie Betts

Hayfork High:                          Vanessa Patton

Hoopa High:                            Mackenzie Brazil

McKinleyville High:                Carmen Benavides-Garb

Northcoast Prep Academy:  Aiden Vayo Tur

St. Bernard’s Academy:         Sabrina Gardner

South Fork High:                     Kaylei Valk

Trinity High:                             Scott Rupp

Established in 1986, the scholarship program awards funds based on a commitment to education, either through extraordinary academic performance or significant and consistent improvement during high school, as well as financial need.  In addition to scholarships, Coast Central provides support through its Community Investment Grant and Sponsorship programs, as well as 2,000 hours annually through its Commitment to Community employee volunteer program.

“We are very proud to celebrate our 35th year of giving to deserving local high school students throughout Humboldt, Del Norte, and Trinity counties,” Sessa stated.  “As always, the Board committee members had a tremendous challenge in making their selections, as there are so many outstanding young people throughout our communities.  On behalf of all of us at Coast Central, we congratulate all 2021 graduates on their accomplishments to date and wish them the best in the future.”

Coast Central Credit Union is the largest member-owned financial institution in the area, with $2 billion in assets, over 73,000 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. More information is available at and at

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